Sarracenia Basic Care Instructions

Here you can find care instructions we use to grow our various kinds of Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plants)!

Elio's Garden Sarracenia Care Instruction Basics



Sarracenia should be always moist. Use the tray method! Fill a tray with 0.5″ (1.27cm) to 1″ (2.54cm) of water and place the plant in the tray. Once the tray dries up refill with water.


Full sun is required for robust growth and full colors.


Plants outside catch ample prey, even filling up to the brim with insects. Mild organic fertilizers are beneficial to use for the soil and pitchers of the plants. Most plants grow fine only subsisting on insects.


Average relative humidity such as the level found in a house and the extra humidity provided by the tray method works best.


Repot in the tail end of winter nearing spring, after the plant goes dormant. Divisions can be taken at this time.


Tolerant of most water retaining media devoid of nutrients. Popular media include peat moss, long fiber sphagnum moss, horticultural sand, and perlite mix.


Sarracenias have a winter dormancy where the plant’s leaves die back and only the bulb remains. When dormant water less and keep in a cool place with good ventilation to prevent rot. The plants require very little light in this period. Colder winters may require larger pots and mulching to increase cold resistance.

Hello! If you are a customer of ours or just a visitor of the website, please enjoy these care instructions! They are simple and have been adapted from multiple sources and our experiences as growers in Burnaby, British Columbia. We are always learning and adding to them as we discover more methods to grow these awesome plants! We have grown Sarracenia for many years under grow lights, and outdoors, and have had a lot of growth using these methods.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, amendments, or concerns. We would be happy to provide more resources, or chat with you! We will update these instructions periodically and add more resources to reference so please come back soon!

Happy Growing!

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