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Thread: What must i know to grow sarracenia's well?

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    Hi:

    I REALLY love Sarracenias. Here is a possible outdoors growing situation I could offer these lovely plants.

    I already own the following container [dimensions are: 26" L x 19-3/4" W x 10-1/2" H]:



    I can collect rainwater in buckets and store it in gallon bottles if necessary for watering in between rainstorms. It looks like a mixture of 1/2 spaghum peat and 1/2 sand would be best. It will also have a screen cover constructed over it to try to persuade the local children and squirrels from doing any mischief.

    My goal would be to grow sarracenia purpurea and have them overwinter in this container. This is the only cp native to mid-central Michigan.

    Does anyone have an alternate suggestion? Digging a bog into the ground is not allowed by townehouse management. A container is the only option and it can't have standing water.
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    your idea sounds basically fine!
    I am doing similar with my mini-bog..
    you need to drill drainige holes about half-way up the container, so that there is always standing water in the bottom half of the container, that will keep it wet enough..
    then, when you water it, just fill it until water runs out the holes..

    (dont worry about the townhouse requirement of "no standing water"..they wont be able to tell there is water in the bottom half of the bog!
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    Scott:

    This container comes with predrilled drainage hole (holes?)--I don't remember how many since I filled it with soil 2 years ago. Should I plug up the existing holes and drill some further up like you suggested? Also, how do you safely drill through plastic without it cracking?
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    hmmm..drainage holes in the bottom isnt good.
    it would dry out very fast, and even if you watered it every day,
    it still wouldnt be very "boggy" if all the water can run straight out the bottom,
    and it would be a huge waste of water..
    I suppose you could catch the water as it drains out and just keep recycling it,
    but thats still not ideal.

    I would plug the holes in the bottom, try to seal them so they dont leak at all..
    maybe try to seal them tight with aquarium silicone/cauking..
    it would probably be easier to just buy new containers!

    but yes, you want drainage holes about half way up, not on the bottom,
    so a lot of standing water is in the bottom of the bog at all times.

    if the plastic is a flexable type, like rubbermaid comtainers, you can just drill without any problems..
    and based on your photos, it looks like the kind of plastic you can just drill without a problem..it wont crack or shatter..(probably!


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    This container is self watering. It will catch MOST of the water that leaks through when it rains. By plugging the hole(s), the self-watering feature will help keep the water level always correct because I can "plug" the hole I use to fill the lower storage container. This really should work out nicely!

    Thank you for explaining a bit further. Now I just wait for this year's miniature carrots to mature and will empty the current soil out into my garden so it is ready to be filled next spring with appropriate cp mixture. This really should be fun for me!
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    Welcome to the obsession! I would say the most valuable piece fo information is Don't Overdo it. These plants are probably the most hardy of all cps and are my favorite genus as well, whenever you repot them or tamper with them they simply get more and more stressed, so basically you're idea sounds fine jsut remember they don't need too much attention.
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    I have a question. I live in Florida. Everytime I see a pitcher plant, it is growing in very dry conditions. Is there different needs for different breeds?

    I grabbed a hand full to grow in my house. Should I keep them wet? Also, should there be any water in the pitchers, there wasn't when I picked them. thanks for any help, Ray.
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    YOU WHAT!!! PUT THEM BACK NOW!!!!


    I SAID NOW!

    I seriously can't believe you did that. i'm even more surprised you'd admit it. Sarracenia need conservation because their habitat is being destroyed and people like you think they are pretty so you steal them.

    you can buy Sarracenia from the company really inexpensively. they are gron in vitro so they are exact clones from the mother and theres no harm done to the environment.

    why are you still reading this? i said put them back NOW!

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