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Carnivorous Plants

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own carnivorous plants? From small pitcher plants to magnificent venus fly traps, there is nothing quite as intriguing and captivating as these unusual botanical wonders. Cultivating carnivorous plants in a home garden or indoors can be both exciting and rewarding, and with the right care and knowledge it’s entirely possible! In the guides down below, find the basics of how to care for them appropriately along with tips on species selection and more. New to carnivorous plants? Start here.

How to Identify and Control 11 Pitcher Plant Pests

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Pitcher plants are interesting and visually striking carnivorous plants that eat plenty of bugs, but there are some pests that can harm them. In this guide, you’ll learn about 11 common pitcher plant pests, including identification, control and management, and how to prevent them from striking in the first place.

How to Encourage a Venus Flytrap to Close

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Venus flytraps grow in Zones 7 to 10 and as houseplants elsewhere. These carnivorous plants are native to North and South Carolina marshes and are best known for their unique foliage that resemble tiny monster jaws. Learn more about how to encourage Venus flytraps to close their leaves in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Venus Flytrap Turning Black?

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Venus flytraps are unique and beautiful carnivorous plants, known for their fussy care requirements. If you notice that the foliage is starting to turn black, you’ll need to act quickly to figure out what’s going on. Discover five common causes for Venus flytraps turning black and what to do about it. Read more now.

Growing Carnivorous Plants 101: How to Get Started

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Carnivorous plants are fascinating bits of flora, with over 800 known species across multiple taxa. In this article, you’ll learn what carnivorous plants require to thrive, from lighting conditions to irrigation needs. We’ll also go over the basic techniques to cultivate and care for these cool plants. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Butterworts

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With their attractive, sticky, and digestive-enzyme-secreting foliage, butterworts savagely consume insects to obtain the essential nutrients that they can’t absorb from the soil. The cherry on top? They make excellent houseplants. With our guide, you’ll be growing Pinguicula plants like a pro in no time. Read more.

How to Care for Dormant Pitcher Plants in Winter

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As carnivorous organisms, pitcher plants spend the growing season in harsh environments where other plants would die. Come winter, these plants take a well-deserved break from all that growing via dormancy. In this guide, you’ll learn how to care for a pitcher plant properly during this dormant period. Read more.

How to Water Tropical Nepenthes Pitcher Plants

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While tropical Nepenthes pitcher plants make stunning conversation pieces when grown in our homes, caring for them may prove to be a challenge for some houseplant enthusiasts. Watering appropriately is a common struggle, but it needn’t be! Read more now to learn the best practices to keep them thriving.

How to Grow Tropical Nepenthes Pitcher Plants Indoors

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Tropical pitcher plants may have caught your interest, whether you’re obsessed with houseplant keeping or planning to select just a few to bring home. As long as you understand their specific needs and you’re prepared to provide a moderate level of maintenance, you can learn to keep them healthy and thriving indoors.

How to Grow and Care for Pitcher Plants

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Carnivorous pitcher plants are incredible in both form and function. Are you considering adding some to your landscape? Once you understand their distinctive needs, you’ll be ready to propagate and plant a few, whether in a naturally occurring wetland area or as part of your very own bog garden. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Sundew Plants Indoors

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Sundew is a carnivorous plant that has adapted to bog environments all over the world by sourcing nutrients in an extraordinary way. You’ll need to replicate the necessary growing conditions and learn its special requirements to keep it as a houseplant – but it’s worth it if you enjoy truly distinctive plants.

How to Grow and Care for Venus Flytrap Houseplants

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The Venus flytrap is a marvel of the botanical world. While most plants feed from their roots and require nutrient-rich soil, this plant chooses to lure and devour insects to get what it needs. This incredible evolutionary trait has made it a favorite for those who collect and grow distinctive plants. Read more.