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Gardening with Carnivores: Sarracenia Pitcher Plants in Cultivation and in the Wild

Gardening with Carnivores: Sarracenia Pitcher Plants in Cultivat
Gardening with Carnivores: Sarracenia
Pitcher Plants in Cultivation & in the Wild

by Nick Romanowski
University Press of Florida, 2002
ISBN 0813025095
Paperback and Harcover

For those of you who are carnivorous plant lovers that want to grow Sarracenia pitchers—this is it. Few books have been written that covers it all on just the cultivation and raising carnivorous plants.

The author discusses in detail all of the eight to ten species, hybrids, and varieties. He provides technical data not only on cultivation requirements but also on habitat, soil type, seed propagation, pollination and pest problems. He also gives details on constructing bog gardens and the mixing of other plant species.

He provides range maps of native populations and informs us to buy only cultivated plants. All species and hybrids are now in cultivation somewhere and can be easily obtained rather than collecting from the wild.

In recent years white top pitcher plant “leaves” have been harvested from the wild as cut “flowers” to satisfy those florists who incorporate them in flower arrangements. Commercially growing this species can bring in big monetary returns. And thus preserving and protecting wild populations. Less than three percent of the native pitcherplant habitat remains.