Q/A #126 - Sarracenia purpurea Has Brown Spots

July 18, 2023

Q/A #126 - Sarracenia purpurea Has Brown Spots

Last September I've bought a Sarracenia purpurea venosa which was in what you call death cube and in a 2 inch pot (5.5 cm). I've kept it in that pot until spring (I've removed the cover). I've transplanted it to a larger pot that you can see in a photo. While I was transplanting it I've noticed that some roots were mushy, so It appears to have been suffering from some root rot. Since then the plant has been growing many larger pitchers with around 6-7 hours of direct sunlight every day. The problem is that those first year pitchers start to brown after maybe 2 months (see the arrows pointing to brown parts which start from the top of hood). The browning is very slow and the plant is still growing larger pitchers, but it concerns me since the pitchers are supposed to last for more that year. I live in Belgrade (Serbia).
(Submitted in July 2020.)


Your plant is perfectly healthy, and looks beautiful. The leaves on S. purpurea venosa are thinner than those on S. purpurea purpurea, so they will behave more like other Sarracenia from the same region, such as S. flava. The brown spots are from dried nectar that occurs on the rim of the pitchers to attract insects. We see this on S. flava as well about this time of the year.

S. purpurea venosa is also deciduous, so it will drop its pitchers in autumn after a series of overnight frost, so their pitchers don't last as long as pitchers on S. purpurea purpurea.

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