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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 light. The more light it receives, the darker the purple coloring will show. In less direct light, the pitchers will remain predominantly green. Bright light is when your plant gets at least 6+ hours of direct sun a day. You will find this kind of light in an unobstructed southern or western window.

WATER

Your pitcher plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry with rain or distilled water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Keep the pitchers ¼ with filtered or rainwater to keep them from drying out.

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°F. 

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 to humans and pets 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 pitcher plant prefers bright light. The more light it receives, the darker the purple coloring will show. In less direct light, the pitchers will remain predominantly green. Bright light is when your plant gets at least 6+ hours of direct sun a day. You will find this kind of light in an unobstructed southern or western window.

WATER

Your pitcher plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry with rain or distilled water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Keep the pitchers ¼ with filtered or rainwater to keep them from drying out.

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°F. 

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 to humans and pets 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 to be acclimated to bright light. Bright light is when your plant gets at least 6+ hours of direct sun a day. You will find this kind of light in unobstructed southern or western windows.

WATER

Your pitcher plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry with rain or distilled water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole.

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°F. 

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 to humans and pets 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. Too little light and growth will slow, but extended periods of direct light can burn the leaves.

WATER

Your Pitcher Plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry. Pitchers will naturally produce a small amount of enzymatic digestive fluid only once while it’s growing. This fluid is what your pitcher plant uses to catch and digest prey. If the fluid gets knocked out and the pitcher is empty, fill the pitcher ¼ with filtered or rainwater to keep it from drying out.

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 toxic to humans and pets 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. Prune off any pitchers that are more than 50% discolored to help your plant focus on new growth as it will only grow one pitcher per leaf.

Sarracenia Pitcher Plant

LIGHT

Your pitcher plant prefers bright light. The more light it receives, the darker the purple coloring will show. In less direct light, the pitchers will remain predominantly green. Bright light is when your plant gets at least 6+ hours of direct sun a day. You will find this kind of light in an unobstructed southern or western window.

WATER

Your pitcher plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry with rain or distilled water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Keep the pitchers ¼ with filtered or rainwater to keep them from drying out.

HUMIDITY

Your pitcher plant will greatly benefit from added humidity. You can add humidity for your pitcher plant by misting them, adding a humidifier nearby, or adding a tray full of pebbles and water under it.

TEMPERATURE

Your pitcher plant will thrive in average room temperatures between 60-80°F.

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 toxic to humans and pets 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. Prune off any pitchers that are more than 50% discolored to help your plant focus on new growth.

Sundew

LIGHT

Your Sundew prefers bright light but can tolerate some indirect bright light. Too little light and growth will slow.

WATER

Your pitcher plant likes to stay consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out, but do not let it sit in water. Water thoroughly when 25% of the medium is dry with rain or distilled water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole.

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°F.

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 toxic to humans and pets 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