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Carnivorous Plant

Carnivorous plants are unique, funky, fun plants to have in your home. They use specialized foliage to attract and trap their prey, such as insects and small animals.

How to care for your Carnivorous Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Carnivorous Plant. This guide will tell you how to water a Carnivorous Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Carnivorous Trumpet Pitcher Judith Hindle

LIGHT

Your Pitcher Plant prefers bright indirect light. It will tolerate low light, but growth may slow. 

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry, do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. The pitchers of your plant need to maintain water at all times. If they appear to be dried out, add half an inch of filtered water or rainwater to each pitcher.

HUMIDITY

Your Pitcher Plant will greatly benefit from added humidity. They can tolerate lower humidity, but will often stop growing new pitchers and you might see some die-off of existing pitchers. You can add humidity for your pitcher plant by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Pitcher Plant will grow best in temperatures above 50 degrees.

FOOD

Your plant does not need any fertilizer, as it gains nutrition from the insects it traps and digests. Using fertilizer can actually harm your plant as it is not used to living in nutrient-rich soils. 

TOXICITY

Your Pitcher Plant is mildly toxic and may cause digestive issues if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you do not have many insects in your home and want to give them a little treat, you can feed them a recently dead or live insect such as a fly, roach, or spider once every month. Make sure that the insect fits into the pitcher easily. 

Carnivorous Venosa Red

LIGHT

Your Carnivorous Venosa Red prefers bright indirect light. It will tolerate low light, but growth may slow.

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry, do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. The pitchers of your plant need to maintain water at all times. If they appear to be dried out, add half an inch of filtered water or rainwater to each pitcher.

HUMIDITY

Your Carnivorous Venosa Red will greatly benefit from added humidity. You can add humidity for your pitcher plant by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Carnivorous Venosa Red will grow best in temperatures above 50 degrees.

FOOD

Your Venosa Red does not need any fertilizer, as they gain nutrition from the insects they trap and digest. Using fertilizer can actually harm them, as they are not used to living in nutrient-rich soils. 

TOXICITY

Your Venosa Red is mildly toxic and may cause digestive issues if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you do not have many insects in your home and want to give them a little treat, you can feed them a recently dead or live insect such as a fly, roach, or spider once every month. Make sure that the insect fits into the pitcher easily.

Carnivorous Venus Fly Trap

LIGHT

Your Venus Flytrap prefers bright indirect light. It will tolerate lower light, but growth may slow.

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry, do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. 

HUMIDITY

Your Venus Flytrap will greatly benefit from added humidity. You can add humidity for your Venus Flytrap by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Venus Flytrap will thrive in average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. 

FOOD

Your Venus Fly Trap does not need any fertilizer, as it gains nutrition from the insects it traps and digests. Using fertilizer can actually harm it, as it is not used to living in nutrient-rich soils. 

TOXICITY

Your Venus Fly Trap is mildly toxic and may cause digestive issues if ingested. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you do not have many insects in your home and want to give them a little treat, you can feed them a recently dead or live insect such as a fly, roach, or spider once every month. Make sure that the insect fits into their traps easily.

Nepenthes Pitcher Plant

LIGHT

Your Nepenthes Pitcher Plant prefers bright indirect light. It will tolerate low light, but growth may slow.

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the moss is dry, do not allow moss to dry out completely. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. The pitchers of your plant need to maintain water at all times. If they appear to be dried out, add half an inch of filtered water or rainwater to each pitcher.

HUMIDITY

Your Nepenthes will greatly benefit from added humidity. They can tolerate lower humidity, but will often stop growing new pitchers and you might see some die-off of existing pitchers. You boost the humidity for your pitcher plant by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or adding a pebble tray under it. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Nepenthes will thrive in average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. 

FOOD

This plant does not need any fertilizer, as it gains nutrition from the insects it traps and digests. Using fertilizer can actually harm your plant as it is not used to living in nutrient-rich soils.  

TOXICITY

Your Pitcher Plant is mildly toxic and may cause digestive issues if ingested. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you do not have many insects in your home and want to give them a little treat, you can feed them a recently dead or live insect such as a fly, roach, or spider once every month. Make sure that the insect fits into the pitcher easily. 

Sundew

LIGHT

Your Sundew prefers bright indirect light. It will tolerate lower light, but growth may slow.

WATER

Your Sundew likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow the moss to dry out. Water when the top layer of moss has dried out, and water thoroughly until it comes out of the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.

HUMIDITY

Your Sundew will benefit from added humidity. You can add humidity by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Sundew will thrive in average room temperatures between 50-80 degrees.

FOOD

Your Sundew does not need any fertilizer, as it gains nutrition from the insects it traps and digests. Using fertilizer can actually harm it, as it is not used to living in nutrient-rich soils.

TOXICITY

Your Sundew is mildly toxic and may cause digestive issues if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you do not have many insects in your home and want to give them a little treat, you can feed them a recently dead or live insect such as a fly, ant, or gnat once every month. Make sure that the insect fits into their traps easily.

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What's a Carnivorous Plant?

Botanical Classification: Sarracenia Judith Hindle

About

Carnivorous Plants are great to have as a conversation starter in your home. These quirky plants are exactly as they sound: carnivorous! They get their nutrients by capturing and digesting insects and other small prey, rather than from soil. They perform best with bright indirect light, high humidity, and moist soil. 

Carnivorous plants can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. North America, Southeast Asia, and Australia are home to many species of carnivorous plan

Fun fact

Carnivorous plants don’t thrive with competition — they tend to live in areas with nutrient-poor soil where other types of plants do not grow very well.

Pictured Left: Carnivorous Trumpet Pitcher Judith Hindle

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