Because of their size, large Sarracenia plants are offered primarilly at local events, such as at Farmers' Markets and open houses. However, when they're dormant, these plants can be shipped bare root without any impact on their growth. So, now is your chance to get large specimens like those we offer locally. The best part is that you can get them at a reduced cost! (These plants start at $30 during the growing season.)
These mature rhizomes have remained undivided for a minimum of two years. This means you get a robust plant that will produce pitchers close to their full adult height. The older the rhizome, the larger the plant and the more likely it will bloom for you!
Rhizomes are shipped dormant. All you need to do is pot them up in carnivorous plant soil, give them low-mineral water, and provide lots of sunshine (full sun). You can expect new growth to emerge by mid-April, depending on your climate. (And yes, growing instructions will be included with your purchase. Read below for details.bv)
When adding a rhizome to your cart, select the variety and size you want. See photos above for examples of the varieties offered. Supply is limited!
If you are new to growing Sarracenia or growing plants in general, please consider purchasing a potted plant instead. If you're an experienced grower or gardener, bare-root rhizomes are a great way to expand your collection at a drastically reduced cost.
FAQ about Mature Rhizomes
What's a rhizome?!
A rhizome is a horizontal stem that Sarracenia grow on. At one end is a growing point, called a crown, and along the length of the rhizome are roots.
All plants are currently dormant. During their dormant state, we cut off all leaves from the previous season and wash off the old soil. We will also spray them with a natural fungicide to prevent mold growth during shipping.
What size are the rhizomes?
Please keep in mind that some varieties naturally produce small rhizomes with small growing points, while others naturally produce large rhizomes with large growing points.
Because size may vary according to variety, we size plants by the number of crowns (also called growing points), which is a good indicator of a rhizomes age. The older the division, the more crowns it will have.
All plants offered here are 2-3 years old from divisions with a minimum of 2 crowns. The vast majority, however, will have a minimum of 3 crowns. Each rhizome should be potted in a 6-inch pot or larger.
How large will the pitchers grow? And will they bloom?
During the growing season (April - September), pitchers are expected to be close to their typical adult height, according to their variety. All varieties offered produce pitchers that are a minimum of 12 inches tall.
Older plants are also more likely to flower. However, we cannot guarantee that the plant you receive will flower for you this season. It's just that the probability of them doing so is higher with older plants.
Are instructions included?
Yes, you will receive instructions on how to pot your rhizomes.
What will I need when my rhizomes arrive?
You will need the following supplies:
I'm not ready to pot them up. Can I wait?
For best results, pot them immediately upon arrival. Rhizomes will also be treated with a natural fungicide before shipment, so you have the option to store them in your refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. However, you will need to check them periodically and treat for fungus accordingly with a sulfur spray during storage.
Do you guarantee your rhizomes will grow for me?
As long as you follow the instructions provided with your plants, we guarantee all plants for 30 days. (We are the only carnivorous plant nursery that explicitly offers this guarantee.) Beyond the 30-day period, you assume all responsibility for the health of your plants.
Please keep in mind that we do not guarantee how you may interpret or implement our instructions. If you have any questions regarding the growth of your plants, you are encouraged to reach out to us and submit your growing question. Please visit the Carnivorous Plant Help page or the 30-Day Guarantee page for more information.
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Throughout the East Coast.
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.