How to Grow Carnivorous Plants

How to Grow Carnivorous Plants

How to Grow Carnivorous Plants

Add something a little out of the ordinary to your home or garden. Carnivorous Plants are a fantastic, environmentally friendly form of pest control, eating flies, wasps, slugs and other pesky critters!

These plants will prove to be an unusual and exotic feature in your home or garden;  as well as being relatively easy to grow they are extremely hardy and some produce wonderful, delicate flowers.

Carnivorous Plants require regular watering and will thrive in damp conditions.  Keep an eye on the soil, whether growing indoors or out,  and ensure that you keep it moist at all times.   As attractive as the plant’s white flowers are, they also consume a lot of energy, so to ensure that your Venus Fly Trap produces lots of traps you will need to remove the flowers.

You can grow carnivorous plants in your home as well as outside. The key to planting anything indoors is to replicate their growing environment; this just needs a little bit of thought for carnivorous plants because they demand more extreme conditions than other plants.

The best place to grow your carnivorous plants indoors, is a conservatory or inside a partially open terrarium which keeps humidity levels high.


You can have a lot of fun with carnivorous plants, but they are surprisingly sensitive so follow these top tips to ensure your plants thrive:

  1. Carnivorous plants need to be planted in moist soil, that’s slightly acidic if possible.
  2. Carnivorous plants like to be planted in full sun or bright fluorescent lighting. The light causes the plant to break out in wonderful purpled coloured blotches.
  3. Carnivorous plants have very sensitive roots so don’t ever fertilize your plant.
  4. If possible Carnivorous plants should be watered with rainwater or distilled water to prevent mineral build-up in the soil, which can damage the sensitive root structure.
  5. Carnivorous plants are insectivores, and therefore catch their own food. So don’t feed them anything extra!
3 September 2020
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