Help-brown tips on Scarlet Belle

Montgomery, AL

This is Sarracenia 'scarlet belle'. There is new growth but the tips are all brown and not red. I'm new to this type of plant and don't know what's wrong. She sits in a tray of rain water from my barrel outside and is constantly moist. She's located about 10 feet from a Southern window in indoor temps of 70-75 degrees. How can I get the tips to turn the pretty red color? Thanks.

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Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

Normal decay and it should be OUTdoors.

Arlington, TX

It will love your climate, just keep it wet. Mine are out all year and they are doing well.
C

north coast nsw, Australia

Sarracenias grow in full sun and thats what brings there red colours out, if in to less light they stay green and will eventually die. Most die down in the cold and re-shoot as it warms up.

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Montgomery, AL

Thanks for the information! Can I leave it outside in zone 8b in a container? I don't want to plant it because my yard doesn't stay boggy. That picture of yours is so beautful!

Arlington, TX

I am zone 8 and I did just that and none died. I wish I had taken a pic but mine were covered in snow last winter. We had an unusually cold winter and they had no problem surviving in small pots. Yours might have problems because it isnt used to being out in the sun. Move it out now before the truelly cold weather moves in.
C

Montgomery, AL

Thank you so much for the help!

Arlington, TX

The heat will make them slow down some in the summer but as long as they don't dry out they should do well for you. Here are some plants that I have outside in a under the bed plastic storage container to hold water. They over winter in these pots but will need repotting next spring.
C

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Montgomery, AL

Those look incredible too. The sarracenia and a venus fly trap are my first attempts to grow this category of plants. Do you have suggestions for easy to grow varieties?

Arlington, TX

For me the Sarracenia are easier than VFT's. I have purpurea and I what I think is Daina's delight. There are some real experts on here that can give you advice. I am somewhat new to these plants myself and don't know which varieties are the easiest. Ask me again as I am going to add new species of sarracennia next spring. I love pitcher plants. Check out cobra plants, that company has quality plants and good information.
C

north coast nsw, Australia

Sarras are the easiest in full sun and then neps for half shade/greenhouses i think.
Jamiew-not many peoples yards are bogs, alot of cp growers get a plastic container like a kiddys pool or something and make a mini bog with peat and water in it for there cps. Actually i think theres some in the carnivorous forums on this site....?

Arlington, TX

Nepanthes would be good for indoors, though mine are not what I would call easy to grow. Outside in your heat, I think they would suffer.
C

north coast nsw, Australia

sorry newtonsthirdlaw- i ment the easier cooler growing hybrid ones. Yes there is alot of neps that are harder to grow. Yes i supose they'd be harder to keep wet than the sarras you can sit in water. Anyone sit there neps in water?

Tampa, FL(Zone 9b)

A spindly Sarracenia is a sign that is grown inside. Your plants looks like it came from a Dome of Death at Lowes. Like everyone else, I recommend sticking it outside. They are temperate plants, and need full sun, rain water and the cold of winter. The hardest part of living in Florida is that it is too warm in the winter for these plants. These plants must go dormant or they die from exhaustion. Sarracenia range from Florida to Missisippi to NC. They are not tropical plants. Another type of Sarracenia lives in Michegan and New Foundland.

I would recommend putting all your temperate CPs in one big pot if you growing common ones like Sarracenia, VFT and temperate sundess like Drosera filiformis. They do better in the cooler weather in a bigger pot. You can look at some of my threads for different bog ideas. I need to tell you that I am an obsessed hobbyist, only growing for five years. I am a beginner. I kill a lot of plants, but I also grow a lot of plants.

In my opinion the easiest CPs to grow are Sarracenia "Daina's Delight" (sold as Dana's Delight) followed by S. "Scarlette Belle". I find the hybrids easier than the species. I love my S. catesbei (a natural hybrid). In the south US, I think the intermediates Nepenthes ventrata (sold as alata) and N. "miranda" are the easiest to grow. Give them dappled light outside until it hits 35 degrees. Then bring them inside and keep them near a sunny window through the winter. Both are sold at Wal-mart. For sundews I think D. burmanni (summer annual) is the easiest to grow along with D. capensis (Cape Sundew). Both seed like crazy, and Capes will come back from a little frost from its roots. D. Bumanni will die, but hundreds come up from the seeds. I like to grow sundews from seeds. They grow very quickly.

Sarracenia and VFT will be an inch in a year, if you are lucky. :) I find VFTs tricky. They are difficult to grow in my opinion and a bit more fussy than other CPs.

Glad to have you join us. :)



Montgomery, AL

Wow! Y'all have been a great source for information. I'm going to follow this advice. I should probably wait for spring to really get started and place an order with cobra plants. Thanks again everyone. This will be a new adventure!

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