Plant Care Information


Carnivory is a plant's method of providing the plant with additional nutrients in a nutrient-poor environment. Most carnivorous plants will respond better to more specific growing conditions. PDF files are provided below which detail plant care for individual species that we offer.

As a quick reference, see the General care guidelines in the section at the bottom of the page.

Speaking in general terms, most carnivorous plants require the same, basic requirements:

[ Care sheet list ]  -  [ General care guidelines ]


Carnivorous Plant Care Sheets

Care sheets for individual genera of available carnivorous plants are located below, and on the relevant product pages. All care sheets are provided in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

Plant Care by Type Supplemental Care Guides

Cephalotus (Australian Pitcher Plants)

Dionaea (Venus Flytraps)

Drosera (Sundews)
     Tropical sundews
     Pygmy sundews

Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plants)

Pinguicula (Butterworts)

Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plants)

Utricularia (Bladderworts)
          Aquatic bladderworts
          Terrestrial bladderworts

Feeding guide
For all plant types

Dormancy guide: Winter care
For Dionaea & Sarracenia

Seed germination
For Dionaea & Drosera

Drosera gemmae
Growing pygmy Drosera from gemmae

 General Care Guidelines:

Soil Requirements

Acidic, low-nutrient growing media with good drainage to prevent root rot.
Sphagnum peat moss
Long-fiber sphagnum moss

Perlite (drainage)
Vermiculite (drainage)
Orchid bark (drainage)
Potting soil
Gardening soil
Top soil

Note: Purchase media cautiously; many commercial brands of perlite and peat moss contain plant fertilizers and fortifying additives that will kill your plants in a matter of days.

See also: Carnivorous plant media mixes in the Pots & Media section.

Water Requirements
Water with less than 100ppm of total dissolved solids (TDS).

Distilled water
Reverse-osmosis water
Tap water with <100ppm of total-dissolved solids
Drinking water
Spring water
Purified water
Nursery water

Note: If you are considering using tap water, please be certain to measure its TDS levels before using.

     See also: Portable meter to measure your water TDS levels in the Other supplies section..

Light Requirements

Carnivorous plants grow best in sunlight or cool, fluorescent light.

Fluorescent tubes
Compact fluorescent bulbs

Incandescent bulbs