Plant Care California Pitcher Plant

California Pitcher Plant

About California Pitcher Plant

California Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant native to Oregon and California. It has large tubular leaves that trap water which attracts insects that the plant digests and gains nutrients from. Pitcher plants need these nutrients because they grow in wet boggy soils.

Taxonomy

Darlingtonia californica
Darlingtonia
Sarraceniaceae
Ericales

Also known as

California pitcherplant, Cobra lily, Cobra plant and Pitcher plant

How to care for California Pitcher Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your California Pitcher Plant

Water needs for California Pitcher Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

California Pitcher Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of California Pitcher Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for California Pitcher Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Pitcher Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Pitcher Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

California Pitcher Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of California Pitcher Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize California Pitcher Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Pitcher Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Pitcher Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

California Pitcher Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

California Pitcher Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

California Pitcher Plant Light Requirements →

California Pitcher Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

California Pitcher Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

California Pitcher Plant will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune California Pitcher Plant →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for California Pitcher Plant

California Pitcher Plant

California Pitcher Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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