As a newbie pitcher plant owner, I learned how to feed my pitcher plants. After feeding them regularly for several months, I learned what works best and the great benefits that arise from feeding your plant. In this article, I will share a solid strategy to feed your Pitcher plants and keep them thriving.
Feed Pitcher plants by dropping live insects, dead insects, fish food, or diluted fertilizer such as Maxsea inside the pitchers. As a general rule, feeding Pitcher plants once or twice a month can provide substantial benefits. Avoid human food and insects that are too large or can eat their way out of the pitcher.
Now, let’s get into the details on how to feed your plant!
Easy Steps to Feed Pitcher Plants
Pitcher Plant Feeding Tips
What to Feed and Not to Feed Pitcher Plants
Insects as Food
Fish Flakes as Food
Never Employ Human Food for Pitcher Plants
Pitcher Plant Care Information
Besides feeding your plants, make sure to provide optimal care by going over this list:
Lighting: This consideration is one of the most critical ones. Expose your plant to more than 10 hours of natural or artificial light. LED or fluorescent lights are suitable for indoor locations; 6500 K is a proper light temperature.
Watering: Only employ pure water sources such as distilled water, rainwater, or reverse osmosis water. Always water from the top and keep the soil humid at all times. Avoid the tray method for Nepenthes. Since watering your plant correctly is critical, this guide explains the process in great detail.
Soil: Do not employ traditional potting media such as MiracleGro, cactus soil, or succulent soil. Instead, use nutrient-free carnivorous plant soil. Carnivorous plant soil can be composed of many elements, such as peat moss or sphagnum moss and perlite or silica sand. The ratios are not critical, but a 3 to 1 ratio of moss and perlite is a suitable mixture. You can purchase carnivorous plant soil online for an affordable price (here is the one I use)
Humidity: Pitcher plants thrive in humid environments. A humidity level of over > 50% is optimal. Still, most plants can adapt to lower humidities and might benefit from a humidifier.
Trimming: It is not required to prune Pitcher plants, but you can remove dead leaves to promote growth.
Feeding: Outdoor Pitcher plants capture bugs on their own. Indoor Pitcher plants need to be fed at least once a month to supplement their diet.
Fertilizers: Avoid fertilizing unless you have researched the detailed process.
Repotting: Repotting is not critical, but yearly repotting can promote growth.
Dormancy: Some pitcher plant varieties require a yearly dormancy. Nepenthes, tropical pitcher plants do not require dormancy.
Make sure to research your specific species of pitcher plants as care considerations may vary.
For more information on growing pitcher plants, make sure to download the complete care sheet here: Ultimate Pitcher Plant Care Guide.