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    Whether to fill water in the pitchers of Saracenia "maroon purpurea hybrid with flava

    I will soon be receiving a Sarracenia "maroon". I have read that sarracenias with tall pitchers have dry pitchers that should not be filled or they will topple over. And that those lying close to the ground with open mouths - like purpurea - should be filled with water.

    I have never grown a sarracenia before. What should I do when I get the plant? Fill or not fill?
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    Maroon is a S. X chesonii which is a purpurea x rubra hybrid and it will need a little water in the pitchers to help the absorption of nutrients, but not filled as they will fall over. A useful yardstick is, if the pitcher opercullums cover the pitcher they are there to keep water out, but if they point skywards they will catch rainwater.

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