Pitcher Plant Dormancy: Pitcher Plant Care Over Winter
The winter season is coming soon and you are thinking about your favorite pitcher plant. You have been looking forward to it ever since you bought the first one at a garden center.
Your beloved pitcher plant has become so familiar to you that it would be difficult to give up its companionship forever.
However, if you do decide to part with your favorite plant, then what will happen? Will you still enjoy its company?
There are several things that you must consider before deciding whether or not to hang onto your favorite pitcher plant. First of all, you might want to think about the following:
How long does it take for my favorite pitcher plant to grow new leaves? How many leaves does it usually produce each year? What kind of growth rate does your favorite pitcher plant have? Is there any special care that I should provide my favorite pitcher plant during winter time? What happens if the weather gets cold enough where I cannot keep my favorite pitcher plant alive? Can I just leave it out in the open?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you should definitely hang onto your favorite pitcher plant. If not, then perhaps you should reconsider whether or not you really love your favorite pitcher plant.
When Does My Favorite Pitcher Plant Grow New Leaves?
Most kinds of pitcher plants produce new leaves in the spring and summer. They are at their happiest during these times. However, there are certain kinds of pitcher plants that produce new leaves during other times of the year. For instance, the cobra lily (Darlingtonia Californica) grows new leaves all year long! However, it is only able to produce a limited number of pitchers each year. They can also only thrive within a very confined space.
Sources & references used in this article:
Evolution of dormancy and its photoperiodic control in pitcher-plant mosquitoes by WE Bradshaw, LP Lounibos – Evolution, 1977 – JSTOR
Influence of Season and Frequency of Fire on Henslow’s Sparrows (Ammodramus Henslowii) Wintering on Gulf Coast Pitcher Plant Bogs by JW Tucker Jr, WD Robinson – The Auk, 2003 – academic.oup.com
Evolution of Phenology and Demography in the Pitcher-Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia smithii by WE Bradshaw, CM Holzapfel – Insect life cycles, 1990 – Springer