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Greedy pitchers dying off

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A large number of the more slender Sarracenia pitchers in the greenhouse have got very full of dead insects and a dark brown band has formed round the pitcher where there are lots of insects. In some, the pitcher above this is dying and going brown.There have been a lot of flies this year (greenhouse backs onto a shady alley full of fox poo) and  I have had the door open because of the heat. I assume this happens and is something you put up with, cutting off dead bits, but if there is anything I can do I would like to know. In some slender hybrids, most of the pitchers are damaged to some degree so I am reluctant to cut back too much.

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No, nothing you can do, except stopping the flies getting in in the first place. You'll see lots of people calling this pitcher "indigestion". I don't bother to cut off the effected pitchers, instead just let the plant re-absorb as much from them as possible.

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Thanks

I'm happy to put up with ugly pitchers now in return for well fertilised growth in Spring. Interestingly the only tall pitchers that do not seem to show this are the S. flavas. Maybe this is luck or maybe they naturally grow in areas with more flies.

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Mine must have bad indigestion I cut mine off if going brown or falling over, only the brown bits.

 

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