So you have purchased a pitcher plants or two. There are a few things that you must do with them on arrival.

If your pitcher plant  arrives potted

Unpack your plant gently.  It will always be in some form of waterproof wrapper, either a plastic bag or occasionally cling film (or sometimes both!!). As you may know Sarracenias have very little root and so, unlike many normal plants, they may not be rooted into the compost as well as you would expect. So if the plant has become dislodged from its pot, don't worry! You can gently re-pot it into the container and place in its permanent living quarters. Make sure that it is sitting in about an inch of rain water.  Sometimes it helps to lightly shade with a bit of fleece for a couple of days until they acclimatise to their new surroundings

If your pitcher plant arrives bare rooted

Often it is better to transport the pitcher plant without the soil that they are potted into. If this is the case again, your plant will be wrapped as above with some moist tissue around the roots. Unwrap gently taking care not to damage any part of the plant.


It is essential that the roots never dry out. They will die instantly if they do. Pot immediately upon arrival into your pre prepared compost (50:50 peat and perlite mix) into a 4" or 1 litre plant pot. Water well and place in a tray of rain water. Again shade gently for a couple of days.


If you get really hooked on pitcher plants or any other form of carnivorous plant ten you may consider joining the Carnivorous Plant Society