Re: Stupid questions

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Fri, 11 Mar 1994 10:00:39 +0800

>>This stupid question regards dying leaves: my Sarracenias and
>>my dionaea regulary have browining, dying leaves. Is it beneficial
>>to cut them, or would that be harmful? I've noticed that most
>>pitchers die from the top down, so I've been erring on the side
>>of not cutting since there must be some photosynthesis going on
>>in the lower part of the pitcher. Any advice?

I only cutt off the dead parts, because indeed I figure
that the green parts are still photosynthesizing. The
primary reason to cutback old growth of course is to
keep down the risk of fungus. Outdoors this is not
as much of a problem as in a terrarium, so you can
probably wait until the whole leaf is dead before
trimming, thus saving you time and effort. Your
mileage may vary :-).