6 Best Pitcher Plant Fertilizer (For Optimal Nourishment)

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Pitcher plants are one of the most fascinating and unique plants out there. They can grow in various habitats and can even be found in your backyard! While they are relatively easy to care for, they require specific fertilizer requirements to thrive.

To grow pitcher plants at home, you need to mimic their natural environment as much as possible. You need a fertilizer that is low in nutrients. The best fertilizer for pitcher plants is high in nitrogen but low in phosphorus and potassium.

Whatever fertilizer you choose, make sure to dilute it before applying it to your plants. Pitcher plants are sensitive to chemicals, and too much fertilizer can burn their roots.

Best Pitcher Plant Fertilizer: Our Top 6 Picks

1. Best for Naturally Organic: Liqui-Dirt All Purpose Plant Fertilizer

Liqui-Dirt fertilizer is 100% natural organic fertilizer with no chemicals and no odors, and it is non-toxic and non-GMO. The concentrate is formulated to revitalize your soils for better fluid uptake and proper nutrition of your pitcher plant.

The fertilizer is in liquid and powder form. The powder is diluted to make a concentrate, while the liquid is diluted for use on your plants. The water-soluble fertilizer is safe for pets, reptiles, and fish.

It contains 18 super balanced nutrients to boost your pitcher plants’ growth. It’s easy to use and store. The fertilizer doesn’t expire in diluted or concentrated form. 

2. Best for Granular: Down To Earth Organic Fertilizer

Down to Earth fertilizer is a water-soluble granular sulfate of magnesium, sulfur, and potassium. Its PH is neutral, so it doesn’t alter your soil activity. It’s a mined crystalline mineral with essential nutrients.

The 0-0-22 langbeinite is a good source of available sulfur, magnesium, and potassium in plants sensitive to high soluble salts and chlorine levels. The potassium promotes your pitcher plants’ overall health for strong stalks, mature roots, and insect resistance. It’s easy to apply by mixing with soil.

The 5-liter granular fertilizer is large to last your plants long.

3. Best for Root Growth: Trifecta Mycorrhizal Fungi Root Enhancer

I wanted a fertilizer to give my pitcher plant explosive growth. The Trifecta mycorrhizal fungi root enhancer worked for me. The mycorrhizal fungi in the fertilizer are live, super potent, and fresh.

I found the fertilizer easy to use, as it’s water soluble, but you can also use its granular form and add it directly to the roots. I added the granular fertilizer to the water and poured it on my pitcher plants. I have observed massive growth within a week since application.

The nutrient uptake is good, and the roots grow bigger. You can use the fertilizer alongside beneficial bacteria and compost tea.

4. Best for Concentrate: JoyDirt Premium concentrated Fertilizer

If you’re looking for a good fertilizer for your indoor pitcher plant, the JoyDirt concentrated fertilizer is a good choice. The fertilizer is formulated to enhance the growth of your pitcher plant while indoors. It’s easy to apply by mixing it with water and pouring it on your plants.

The fertilizer contains mycorrhizae and premium nutrients to help indoor pitcher plants thrive with less water. You can apply once a month for good results. The 3 ounces of concentrate comes in a convenient shaker bottle for easy application.

The 3-1-2 indoor plant fertilizer is made sustainably. 

5. Best for All-Purpose: Miracle-Gro All-Purpose fertilizer

When I saw the all-purpose label, I grabbed it because I knew I would use it on my pitcher plants and vegetables. The Micro-Gro fertilizer is organic, formulated using natural ingredients, and blended with aged compost.

The well-designed shaker jug makes the fertilizer easy to apply without getting my hands dirty. I used it on my cucumbers and pumpkins during planting; they sprout, looking strong and healthy. I re-applied after four weeks, and the growth was massive.

The fertilizer worked well for my indoor and garden plants. I will get more.

6. Best for Optimal nutrient absorption: Osmocote Slow-Release fertilizer

The Osmocote slow-release fertilizer is formulated with semi-permeable coated granules. The coating allows water into the granule to dissolve the nutrients and make them available to your pitcher plant.

The process of nutrient release is slow. It takes six months to release all the nutrients to leave an empty shell. The nutrient release to your plant is better during warmer growing periods.

The fertilizer is made with eleven fortified nutrients for the overall health of your plant.


Now that you know the best pitcher plant fertilizer, you can start keeping your plants healthy and looking their best. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, and don’t hesitate to ask a nursery or gardening professional if you have any questions. 

With a little care and attention, your pitcher plants will thrive for many years.

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.
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