How To Care for a Pitcher Plant During Winter?

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Is your pitcher plant looking a little sad these days? Don’t worry – it’s probably just because it’s adjusting to the colder weather. Here are a few tips on how to care for your pitcher plant during winter, so that it can stay healthy and happy all season long!

Do pitcher plants like cold?

Interestingly enough, pitcher plants do seem to prefer cold conditions! These unusual plants are native to areas with boggy swamps and humid climates, such as rainforests and savannahs. However, despite growing in hot environments, pitcher plants tend to prefer temperatures slightly below the ambient air temperature.

The cooler climate can help the plant trap insects more effectively since the wings of the prey become less effective when it gets colder. Plus this type of carnivorous plant has adapted even further – its waxy exterior helps it keep moisture when temperatures get too dry so that it remains healthy, despite a potential chill from the environment. In any case, you can rest assured knowing your pitcher plant won’t be feeling a chill – in fact, it might just prefer it!

Do pitcher plants go dormant in the winter?

Pitcher plants, also known as “monkey cups,” are carnivorous plants that live in pot-shaped leaves with liquid inside them. These unique plants are native to the boggy, acidic soils of the southeastern United States and have quite an interesting way of capturing their prey. So the question is posed – do pitcher plants go dormant in the winter? The answer is both yes and no, depending on where you live. 

In colder climates pitcher plants slow down their activity for a dormant period which helps them survive a harsh winter. Whereas in warmer climates these incredible creatures have adapted and don’t need to go into a deep hibernation for long periods – instead making use of regular periods of dormancy. So no matter where you live you can own and enjoy a pitcher plant!

What do you feed carnivorous plants in the winter?

When the temperature drops and winter is here, owners of carnivorous plants may wonder how to best care for their beloved greenery. While some species of carnivorous plants may survive on the reduced prey availability during this time of year, providing food will ensure that your plants maintain a healthy nutrient balance.

During the cooler months, give your carnivorous plants an occasional snack of fresh crickets, flies, or other sources of protein such as liver or beef. Thankfully, specialty suppliers have made it even easier to fret less over what to feed carnivorous plants in winter—dried insects provide a convenient option that can be mixed with water to create a nutritious slurry your plant will just love!

How do you take care of a dormant pitcher plant?

Taking care of a dormant pitcher plant is easy, but certain precautions should be taken. During dormancy, the most important factor for success is providing the optimal temperature. Generally, temperatures lower than 50°F should be avoided and nothing should exceed 85°F.

Although it doesn’t require much watering, some moisture is necessary during this period to ensure the soil doesn’t become too dried out. Fertilizing can be done with a weak dose of liquid fertilizer every few weeks, but it’s best not to overdo it as too many nutrients can cause harm. And to complete your maintenance, check your plant weekly for signs of insect pests or diseases. With these tips in mind, you’ll have no problem keeping your dormant pitcher plant healthy and thriving!

How to take care of Pitcher plants during winter

Taking care of a pitcher plant during the winter can be tricky, as cold temperatures can put it at risk for serious injury or even death. The key is to provide protection from the cold and choose a location that is away from extreme temperatures or drafts. Creating an enclosure made from plastic sheeting and insulating the area around your pitcher plant with hay or straw can be beneficial, as this will help to trap in some of the natural heat your plant produces.

If possible, you should also bring your pitcher plant indoors during the winter months so it gets plenty of warmth and bright light, but make sure that you keep it out of direct sunlight, which can be too intense. Lastly, when misting and watering your Pitcher Plant in the winter months, always use lukewarm water – cold water that’s too shockingly cold could cause damage to its leaves. With these simple tips in mind, you can help ensure that your pitcher plant survives the winter season unscathed!

How cold is too cold for the Pitcher plant?

When it comes to the Pitcher plant, like all other plants, suboptimal temperatures can lead to the degradation of its health. If temperatures get too cold, they can experience tissue damage, browning spotted leaves, and increased plant stress that stunts growth. Although a native North American plant, they are hardy and won’t die from a few bouts of cold weather.

However, when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time – at least three weeks or more – you should expect to see some serious consequences. Without proper temperature regulation or protection indoors during particularly harsh winter months, your Pitcher may not make it through.


If you give your pitcher plants the TLC they need during winter, they will be sure to thrive when spring comes around. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your plants are healthy and happy all year long! Thanks for reading and good luck with your gardening!

Eleanor Campbell

Eleanor Campbell

My name is Eleanor Campbell, and I live with my husband and our two beautiful boys on a small farm in rural Ohio.
We have been growing Pitcher Crowns for years, and the flowers are more spectacular each year.
Gardening has become an integral part of my life ever since I discovered Pitcher Crowns.

About Me

After I saw this David Attenborough nature film on carnivorous plants a few years back, I just got hooked, and started growing a couple of Nepenthes.
Now it’s time I share what I’ve learned about them in this blog.
Hope you enjoy!

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