Posted: 16/03/2015 at 11:43
Last summer, on a random depression / sugar filled whim, I came home from a small generic garden centre with a miscellaneous Sarracenia carnivorous plant. It got put in a pot and left in the kitchen with the hope it might encourage a few of those summer flies away. I don't actually remember seeing a fly go anywhere near it and TLC has been distinctly lacking.
Over winter I let it dry out and left it behind the blinds so it experienced the sunset and rise of winter without much interference from the light bulbs (read: it was plonked on the windowsill and mainly forgotten about). I've just moved it to trim off some of the dead bits (it wasn't looking terribly happy) and pot it into a slightly bigger pot (its roots were showing through and I brought some "cactus compost" last summer) watered with rain water.
Spotted this toward the centre:
Is that a flower? Do Sarracenia plants even flower?
If anyone could give me some hints and tips on how to look after these I'd be very grateful. Does it need feeding? Presumably live flies although could I use live mealworms instead? (Easier to catch and less likely to fly away!)