Nature is indeed a strange and beautiful thing. Perhaps one of the stranger things it produces is the Pitcher Plant. Pitcher Plants are carnivorous plants with pitcher shaped leaves known as pitfall traps.
Inside of Pitcher Plants are scented enzymes and bacteria that when mixed with water attracts insects. Insects crawl in, slip down the slick insides, and eventually dissolve. These plants have evolved to this method of seeking nutrition because their native soils lack minerals.
These plants are found in a wide range of habitats from sandy coastal swamps in Florida to cooler climates in Canada.
These beautiful and fascinating plants make a great addition to any space and are a welcome habitant of many terrariums. Pitcher Plants should be placed in a sunny location and should receive a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. The colors of the pitcher plant will be more vivid with full sunlight each day.
Ideal temperatures range between 60ºF to 85ºF (15.5ºC to 29.6ºC).
Pitcher Plants don’t like soggy conditions. In fact, they require well-draining soil. Due to the way pitcher plants have evolved they are capable of living in poor soil conditions, and rich soil might be too much for the plants to handle.
Pitcher Plants are great in terrariums because of their love for humid habitats. Pitcher Plants can tolerate low humidity, but they might stop making pitchers if the humidity isn’t correct.
Do you love the idea of integrating carnivorous plants into your next terrarium? Some other plants that you might want to consider: Sundew, Cobra Lily, American Pitcher Plants, Australian Pitcher Plants, American Sun Pitchers, Bladderwort, Butterwort, and the most well known carnivorous plant, the Venus Flytrap.