Watering Pitcher plants and a question

jay733August 18, 2010

How often should you water a pitcher plant? I have mine in hanging baskets with half sphagnum moss and half perlite. I'm thinking of getting a probe that reads the soils humidity, is there a number I should look for?

Also I have distilled water in the pitchers and I saw a carpenter bee in one of the pitchers but, it's been about 3 days now and doesn't seem to have decomposed at all. Is the plant going to produce the enzymes to eventually dissolve the insect or?

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

There's more than one type of pitcher plant. It would help to know which type you have??

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 2:52AM
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jay733

It's a Nepenthes

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 8:57AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

You just want to keep the medium damp not wet. Nepenthes don't like wet feet. Water maybe every 2-3 days in your zone. The pot and medium should drain well.
You shouldn't have to add water to the pitchers. I only add water to pitchers after a transplant and not for long. A week at most. Eventually the ensigns will increase if the pitchers don't die off first.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 11:39AM
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