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Growing Pitcher Plants
The native Pitcher plant, Sarracenia, comes in many varieties including hybrids. These insect eaters grow between 4 inches tall for the Parrot Pitcher
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and up to 3 feet for the Yellow Pitcher. Pitcher plants naturally grow in boggy or peat like soil.  These plants do not have much in the way of roots, rather they get their nutrients from insects that they digest.  Insects are attracted to the colors of the plant and/or the nectar inside the throat of the plant.
You may not realize this but the pitchers of the plant are actually a modified leaf.  If you want them grow you can see the pitcher forming over time.   The plants can be divided in spring and if they are happy will flower late spring and throughout the summer.  The flower is very long lasting and quite unusual. 
You can create your own bog in a container or in the ground using a mixture of peat and soil.  I use a container mix of soil along with about 60-75% peat and sphagnum moss to create my bog medium.  I also mix in some compost for a bit of nutrients but only around 5-10%. 
There are all sorts of recipes out there for making your own bog, but what everyone will agree upon is that having your own bog garden is a great way to grow unique plants you can't grow anywhere else.


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