Plant Care Purple pitcherplant

Purple pitcherplant

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Also known as

Purple pitcher plant, Northern pitcher plant, Turtle socks and Side-saddle flower


Sarracenia purpurea

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How to care for Purple pitcherplant


How often to water your Purple pitcherplant

Water needs for Purple pitcherplant
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple pitcherplant 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 Purple pitcherplant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Purple pitcherplant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple pitcherplant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Purple pitcherplant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Purple pitcherplant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Purple pitcherplant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Purple pitcherplant: 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 Purple pitcherplant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Purple pitcherplant

Purple pitcherplant

Purple pitcherplant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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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