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Thread: S. purpurea isn\'t purpurea :))

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    I have just one question. Why my sarracenia purpurea isn't red as normal. I keep it in terrarium 28 C deg. and 80 % humidity. all pitchers are green. what is wrong???
    i have also 2 sylvanias gro-lux 30 W. please help me...

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    I don't know much about artificial light, but it may simply not be enough. Or, you might have the all green form of purp., which doesn't get red. But dont worry, no red coloration doesn't mean its ill or anything bad.

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    Unless it's an anthocyanin-free variety, it's just not getting enough light.

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    If you want to try to get yours as red as mine give it TONS of sunlight.


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    Hi Mike,
    What subspecies of purpurea is it? Sarracenias are not really good long term candidates for terrariums.

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    I have one, but it is heterophylla, i found out.

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    Mike King, how do you like my S.Purpurea subsp. Purpurea? Neppie, yeah if he has a Heterophylla form of Purpurea it will never turn red. Just yellowish-green.

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    Hi Nep G,
    Your purp is not bad! Considering it is window sill grown, it seems OK. Neppie, to be sure you have the heterophylla form, look at the crown where the pitchers emerge and that should be totally green without any hint of red at all. If Mike P's plant is still green when he expected it to be green, and it is purpurea subsp. purpurea, he would be better off growing it full sun even in Poland where he comes from (very similar climate to where you live Nep G!)

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