A Guide To Carnivorous Plants
Keep in mind Carnivoreous Plants are very adaptive so it doesn't have to be a perfect climate, But try to mimic the perfect climate as best you can.
Dionaea Musicpula (Venus Fly Trap)
Soil: 1 part sand to 1 part peat.
Watering: Use tray system, and keep soil damp. They don't like long periods of waterlogging.
Light: Full to part sun.
Climate: temperate to warm temperate such as California, around the great Lakes or in Florida just bring the temperature down for winter dormancy.
Feeding: They will accept all medium-sized insects such as, houseflies, rollie pollies, and spiders.
Sarracenia (American Pitcher Plants)
Soil: 1 part peat to 1 part perlite is best, but also: 1 part peat to 1 part sand, 2 parts peat, 1 part perlite, and 1 part sand.
Watering: Use tray system, and keep soil damp.
Light: Full to mostly sunny.
Climate: Temperate to warm temperate such as California around the great Lakes or in souther Florida and will need cold conditions for winter dormancy
Feeding: They will eat almost any large insect, such as wasps, mosquitoes, flies, and beetles.
Darlingtonia Californica (Cobra Plant)
Soil: 1 part long-fibered sphagnum moss to one part perlite. Another good mix is 2 parts perlite, lava rock and or pumice to 1 part peat.
Watering: Use tray method but it is crucial that you continue to water overhead with cool water.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Climate: A warm temperate to temperate climte preferabably a mediterranean like climate Cobra plants are native to the north coast of California and the south coast of Oregon.
Feeding: Sow bugs and crickets will do just fine.
Heliamphora (Sun Pitcher)
Soil: An exellent mix is one part long-fibered sphagnum moss one part perlite and one lava rock or pumice.
Watering: Use the shollow tray method with cool over head watering.
Light: High light levels to partly sunny conditions.
Climate: Day time temreatures between 60 and 80 degrees, Night time temperatures between 45 and 60 degrees and always keep high humidity between 55 and 85 %.
Feeding: any medium sized insect will do.
Soil: Half peat half sand will do for most all sundews but some require long-fibered sphagnum
Watering: most sundews need water all year round but the tuberous sundews need a drought phase during summer dormancy
Light: full to part sun
Climate: As sundews grow all around the world there are alot of different phases and temperture requirements so you need to pay attention to the speices you are growing and look up info on your species
Feeding: any small insect will do that cant escape off the leaf.
Drosophyllum Lusitanicum (Dewy Pine)
Soil: Use equal parts of peat, perlite, and vermiculite.
Watering: The Dewy Pine requires drier soil than other carnivorous plants do not use the tray method and always allow good drainage.
Light: Best in full sun for most of the day.
Climate: Dewy Pines grow in warm temperate conditions and keep in mind there is no dormancy.
Feeding: being outdoors they will catch everything that touches them but if they are indoors any small to medium sized insect will do.
Byblis (Rainbow Plant)
Soil: Both do well in a mix of two parts sand and one part peat.
Watering: Use the tray method and allow the water to evaporate befor refilling.
Light: Full to part sun.
Climate: These plants are tropical keep the humidity high all year round and keep the temperture above high 40's year round.
Feeding: Small bugs such as gnats and fruit flies.
Soil: For temperate Two parts peat, one part sand and one part sand. For Warm temperate one part peat and one part sand. The mexican and tropical enjoy a mix of equall parts peat, sand, perlite, and vermiculite.
Watering: For temperate and warm temperate they need to be in water all year round use the tray method as for mexican and tropical they need to go through a drought in the winter.
Light: full to part sun.
Climate: For mexican and tropical keep temperture and humidity high year round. Temperate species require the same treatment as the American Pitcher Plant.
Feeding: Any small bugs such as gnats and fruit flies.
Soil: Aquatic Variaties One cup of peat well mix into each gallon of water as for the tropical a good mix of one part peat, one part perlite, one part fine orchid bark and one part long-fibered sphagnum moss
Watering: plastic containers with drainage holes work best.
Light: Full to part sun.
Climate: For outdoor growing , refer to the descriptions of the individual species suitable to your climate zone. Aquatics can grow just about anywhere as long as the water does not freeze over.
Feeding: The bladderworts feed on microscopic insects that naturaly live in the soil.
Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plant)
Soil: One part of the following long-fibered sphagnum moss, peat moss, perlite, pumice, lava rock, vericulite, fine orcid bark and charcoal.
Watering: Avoid the tray method but keep soil moist year round.
Light: Very bright diffused light or partly sunny conditions.
Climate: All nepenthes are tropical so keep the temperture above 55-60 and avoid 95-100 degrees and being tropical you must keep the humidity above 55%.
Feeding: Any medium sized insect wiil do such as crickets, sow bugs, and meal worms.
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