Carnivorous Plants - How to Grow  Them!

Most carnivorous plants share a set of unique needs, they are accustomed to living in nutrient poor regions, that's why they have adapted to eat other things!

 

They also tend to do best in hot, wet environments where insects abound.

 

These environments are easy to replicate in the SunBlaster Growlight Garden and Micro Growlight Garden.

 

With these gardens, it has never been easier to create a stunning display of some of the most unique plants on earth.

Venus Flytrap

Dionaea muscipula

Widely regarded as the most famous of the carnivorous plants, the Venus fly trap is an amazing specimen.

 

A highly unique plant, with highly specialized requirements, many home growers struggle to keep this plant in good health for two main reasons;

 

Firstly, this plant is accustomed to growing in extremely nutrient poor soil. The Venus flytrap should only be planted in a peat or a mixture of peat/perlite mix. Using standard potting soil will overload the plant with nutrients.

 

The Venus Flytrap is also extremely sensitive to water conditions, and should only be watered with reverse osmosis, distilled, or pure rainwater.  

 

Second, the novelty of the plant is often too much to resist, and owners often enjoy triggering the feeding response of the plant either with object, dead bugs, or food. Each trap can only operate a few times before dying back, giving the plant too much exercise will drain it's energy reserves.

 

The Venus flytrap is accustomed to eating live insects, the attempts by live insects to escape tells the plant to begin digestion. Dead insects will not trigger a feeding response, and human foods such as ground beef or chicken contain fats the plant is unable to process.

Hours of Light per Day 12+
Days between watering Keep wet
Temperature Range 20-36°C
   

Sundew

Drosera

 The sundew is a large grouping of carnivorous plants that thrive in soils with low levels of nutrients by capturing insect prey using sticky glands covering the surfaces of their leaves. 

 

Happiest in acidic, nutrient poor soil with high levels of pure water readily available. This plant does not require much in the way of supplemental feeding, and will take in additional nutrients from caught insects ranging from fruit flies to small dragonflies.

It is recommended that the growing medium be kept damp, but not overly saturated at all times. The Growlight Garden with its innovative self-wicking mat does an excellent job of ensuring optimal hydration for this unique plant. Fill the base of the garden with distilled, reverse osmosis, or rainwater and provide the plant with a peat/perlite growing medium.

Hours of Light per Day 12+
Days between watering Keep wet
Temperature Range 20-36°C
   

Primrose Butterwort

Pinguicula primuliflora

Also known as the Southern Butterwort, this interesting carnivorous plant hails from the south eastern United States. Like its name implies, it produces a flower reminescent of a primrose, though it bears no relation to the more common primrose. Like most carnivorous plants, its flower forms well above the sticky leaves to prevent trapping beneficial pollinators. Its sticky leaves are excellent at trapping small fruit flies, midges or mosquitoes. While it can produce seeds for propagation, it happily fills any pot it is placed in by sending up new shoots when provided with acidic, nutrient poor soil, plenty of light, and rain or distilled water.

 

 

Hours of Light per Day 12+
Days between watering Keep wet
Temperature Range 20-36°C
   

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