John Taylor [Catweasel] (rphjt@minyos.xx.rmit.EDU.AU)
Thu, 15 Sep 94 09:44:17 DST

>Hi everyboyd,
>I'm a beginner with Sarracenias (have billions of Drosera).
>I have an S.flava that's good size, with about 5 pitchers. The
>tops of all the pitchers have turned brown and shriveled, but
>the rest of the plant looks fine. The plant is in a peat/sand mix,
>sits in distilled water, and sits near a southern window.
>I moved it back from the window sill when I saw the browning/drying
>of one pitcher top, but the browning/drying continued and
>all the pitcher tops are dry like that now, while the rest of the
>plant continues to look good. I live outside of Boston, btw.
>It's generally in the 60s/70s now inside and out (no heat, no ac).
>Do I need to put this guy in a terrarium so he gets more
>moisture? Or is this a seasonal thing?

This happens every autumn (fall) / winter. It isn't anything to worry
about. It's a good idea to snip off the dead tops as the leaves die
back to avoid possible fungus/mould problems - leave the green lower
parts of the leaves, as they can still feed the plant.

Hope this helps.

| John Taylor [Catweasel] | Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology |
| rphjt@minyos.xx.rmit.oz.au | Department of Applied Physics |
| | Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA |