Sarracenia hybrids are some of the best plants to start with as a beginner, easy to grow and usually produce a lot more pitchers than the species, for best results grow these plants in an unheated or frost free greenhouse, always keep the plants in a bright sunny position for good strong colourful growth, stand the potted plants in a tray of 2-3cm of rainwater from the end of February to around the end of October during this time the plants are in full growth. From November to February the plants loose most of their foliage and rest for the Winter months any brown or dead leaves can be cut off at this time of year .Sarracenia must remain cold and just damp rather than wet over the Winter rest period, if you have been growing Sarracenia indoors on a sunny windowsill it is best to put these plants out somewhere cold over the Winter, if you don't the plant will not rest properly. February March is a good time to repot Sarracenia into our COM1 just as the new growth starts
Keep the plants standing in a tray of rainwater or distilled water around 1-2cm deep in a bright sunny position, south facing windowsill, conservatory frost free or unheated greenhouse. I find it is best not to feed plants yourself, if you are worried the plants are not catching enough insects just put them outside for a few days you will be surprised what they can catch by themselves over the summer months, espcially the pitcher plants.
Sarracenias can be left to flower. Never apply fertiliser to the plants. Greenfly and mealy but can be a problem with Sarracenia during the Summer months but can be controlled with SB plant invigorator available on this site.
Around the end of October sometimes a little earlier you will notice some of the foliage starts to turn brown and black or die off, this is normal and nothing to worry about. At this time keep the plants just damp rather than wet, and cut off any of the dead foliage. All of these plants need a cold winter rest, so if you are growing your plant indoors, this is the time to move them out to a cooler position say an unheated greenhouse, porch or something similar for the winter months. The minimum winter temperature can be as low as 0oC, and around the end of Febuary, plants will start to come back into growth, this is a good time to re-pot if necessary (our COM1 is an ideal compost), never 'over pot' there is no need, a 12cm pot will be fine for each plant. They can also be potted on October November time if they are getting a bit big for their pots. The plants can now be put back on a sunny windowsill and stood back into a tray of rainwater, March brings very quick growth, and the fly catching begins all over again...