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    I just got a S purpurea from the local store.
    I'm a total n00b when it comes to sarrs, so could anyone tell me what to do wid it? (wouldnt wanna kill it right away [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] )

    I placed it on the windowsill where it has about 4-5 hours of direct light a day, soaked the soil, and misted it thoroughly.
    The pitchers are empty as of now ( no fluid, that is), should they be?

    Should i try feeding it directly, or should I wait a coupla days mebbe?
    Do the milk trick work on this species too? If yes, how much and how often?

    With your help, hopefully I won't kill off my new baby just yet...

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    fill the pitchers up half way with water, and give it the same conditions as Venus Flytraps. They're actually alot easier to care for the VFT's believe it or not.
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    Oh, sounds easy...

    Same as vft as in tray of water too?
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    You don't really need to mist it.
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    what?! you are suppose to fill sarr pitcher?!
    i was told that they make thier own fluids like Darlintonia in the pitchers by stimulation when a insect falls in the trap and trys to climb out...
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    I think this needs some clarification - MOST sarracenia (the upright species) pitchers should not be filled with water, since their lids would naturally prevent this from happening in the wild. In fact, filling upright pitchers with water would make a lot of them fall over.

    Purpurea is the exception since its pitcher is open to the sky - it actually needs to collect rainfall in order to fill the pitchers and drown prey. In cultivation you should just keep the pitchers filled yourself to the optimum amount, about half-full or so.

    Hope this helps.

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    No misting required!
    Fill the pitchers up with water(not too much water)
    Put it on the tray system(again, not too much water)
    Sunlight levels are fine
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    Make sure it always has at least a quarter of an inch of distilled or clean rain water in its tray at all times. The amount of sun you're giving it seems fine. Misting isn't necessary, but it does help a little in my experience. And yes, the milk thing is very good. I'd say give it a drop of whole milk (it doesn't really matter what kind, but I've found whole milk to bring on more effect) in 20% of it's total number of pitchers once a month. It brings on a serious growth spurt for mine. And make sure it always has water in every fully open pitcher about half way all the time. MOST Sarracenias, they don't need this, because they produce digestive juice on their own without any water in them when a bug enters the pitcher, but the purp can't do it on its own, so it's gonna need to have some water in the pitchers so it can create digestive juices.

    Good luck!

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