Re: Beginner's Questions

John Taylor [Catweasel] (
Sat, 27 Aug 94 20:27:04 DST

>Hello, I recently purchased my first CPs. My Sarracenia rubras and
>minors and my Dionaeae are growing very well, but my Sarracenia
>purpurea does not seem to have grown at all after several weeks. Any
>suggestions? The plants are in a 10 gallon tank with a 15 watt
>vita-light bulb.

I think my purps only have a short burst of new growth in spring, and then
don't do very much for the rest of the year. I wouldn't be too concerned
unless your plant's condition starts to deteriorate. The plants may take
a little time to adapt to the new conditions.

>Also: how often should I feed the plants crickets?

Use flies instead - crickets are too "cute" :-) Be careful about feeding
any insect which may have strong mouths or claws/legs - some have the nasty
habit of escaping Sarracenias by cutting open the pitchers... (European Wasps
are particularly good at this). I never feed my Sarracenias (which grow in
a glasshouse) - most catch enough prey for themselves, or seem to do well
enough without.


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