How To Grow Pitcher Plants in Hanging Basket

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Are you looking for a way to show off your pitcher plant obsession in your home but don’t know where to start? Growing and caring for pitcher plants is easy, fun, and rewarding! Hanging baskets are an excellent way of displaying these visually pleasing carnivorous beauties while saving space. We’ll provide you with tips on how to choose the right hanging basket, potting soil, fertilizers that work best, water requirements, and more so you can cultivate the perfect environment for these unique exotic plants.

How much light do hanging pitcher plants need?

Hanging pitcher plants can make an interesting addition to any home, but understanding their light needs is key to keeping them healthy. They prefer bright light but will do best with indirect sunlight. If you can’t provide the right level of brightness naturally, look into a good quality grow light to make sure your plant gets enough of the wavelength it needs for photosynthesis.

Keep in mind that too much direct sunlight may scorch the leaves and cause brown spots or withered foliage; too little and its growth will be stunted. Pay close attention to your hanging pitcher plants’ metabolism – it’ll tell you whether you’re providing enough light or if they need a bit more!

What kind of soil does a hanging pitcher plant need?

Hanging pitcher plants need soil that holds moisture well, as these intriguing plants typically get much of their nutrients from any unlucky insects that meet their sticky demise in the slippery nectar found inside the plant’s pitchers.

For best results, look for a mixture of equal parts sphagnum or peat moss and perlite, which will create an evenly aerated soil perfect for drainage and keeping your plant nice and healthy. Be sure to mix up nutrient-rich fertilizer at least once every two weeks and always make sure you are not over-watering! A little love and commitment go a long way when it comes to this exotic houseplant.

How do you water a hanging pitcher plant?

Watering a hanging pitcher plant is simpler than you might think! First, you’ll want to fill the centerpiece of the pot with water. This will act as the water reservoir for your plant. When the top of the soil feels dry, you can use a spout or wide-mouthed container to slowly pour some water into the cup around once every two weeks.

You may also want to mist in between watering sessions to keep it hydrated and healthy. For best results, try using distilled or rainwater rather than tap – this ensures that your pitcher plants get all of the essential minerals without any added chemicals from tap water. Happy watering!

Are pitcher plants hard to keep alive while hanging?

Pitcher plants can be tricky to keep alive while hanging, especially if you don’t have experience with indoor plants. While they are hardy and easy to look after, not getting enough light and water can be detrimental. Luckily, it’s easy to tell when a pitcher plant isn’t doing so well – simply look for any wilting or yellowing leaves.

To bring it back to top shape, make sure it gets enough light (around 4 hours a day), and water when the soil is dry but not too soggy. It might take a bit of trial and error at first, but soon you’ll become an expert in keeping your pitcher plant happy!

Do pitcher plants like to hang?

Pitcher plants are fascinating species of plants, and one unique trait is that they actually can hang from their roots! That’s right – no need for a planter or mount to suspend them.

They do this by regularly gripping onto branches, walls, and other supportive anchors with their tendrils. If the pitcher plant knows where to find adequate water sources and nutrients, it feels comfortable enough to settle down in its chosen spot for as long as needed. It’s an amazing feat of adaptation!

Can pitcher plants survive without insects while hanging?

Pitcher plants are incredibly resourceful and resilient, with their name derived from the pitcher-shaped leaves that attract and capture insects. Interestingly, pitcher plants can survive without relying on this source of nutrition; instead, they can draw minerals from the environment via a process called absorptive nutrition.

Although not as efficient as obtaining nutrients straight from the insects they consume, absorptive nutrition means that pitcher plants have no problem enduring even when there are no critters to provide them with sustenance. Therefore, it’s safe to say that these curious carnivorous plants can manage just fine while hanging up in their abodes!


In conclusion, growing pitcher plants in a hanging basket is not a difficult process but require care and patience. If you provide it with the right conditions as outlined above, then you will be rewarded with an impressive-looking and strange plant that grows well in cooler climates. Keep watch for signs of insect problems and take action to address them quickly. Lastly, don’t forget to take the time to appreciate your creation by savoring its beautiful abundance of colors and shapes. As the pitcher plant grows and matures, you can be proud that it has grown from a seedling nurtured according to your care. With effort and attention, you can have these remarkable plants adorning your home!

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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