Introducing the amazing Pitcher Plant! This plant grows specially adapted leaves known as a ‘pitfall traps’ which tempt-in and catch flying insects. Flies are lured in by the unusual pigments on the waxy lips of the pitchers, fall and get trapped by the liquid inside. After a while, the plant will digest the pitcher itself, absorbing the nutrients from the yummy flies inside before sprouting new pitchers and starting the process again.
In their natural habitat, this unusual tactic allows Pitcher Plants to grow on other plants without the need for much soil. In your kitchen, it just means fewer flies on your fruit bowl.
Pitcher Plant care tips
These plants are generally easy to care for. Just position it somewhere with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, water it regularly and make sure the pitchers themselves have some water in them (half to two thirds full). Other than that, don’t be too nice to it! Refrain from giving your Pitcher Plant any plant feed and resist the temptation to move it into a larger pot. They naturally grow in small crevices in trees and rocks so they’re fine in cramped pots without much nutritious soil. Spoiled Pitcher Plants are likely to get lazy, stop producing pitchers and start playing an unhealthy amount of Fortnite.
Remember that after a while, the pitchers will dry-out and shrivel-up. This is a normal and essential part of the plant’s cycle as it absorbs the nutrients it’s caught. Don’t cut the dried pitchers off – they will drop naturally and new pitchers will form to replace them.