Plants which derive some of their nutrients by trapping and consuming animals or protozoa.

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Why won't my venus fly trap eat?

Today I finally caught my Venus Fly Trap in the act, or rather caught this snap of the bug relaxing on the trap. The plant just won't eat. It may have been on a local store shelf for a while (...
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What could be the cause of death for my carnivorous plants?

In the past year I've had a venus flytrap and two sundews that each arrived healthy, flourished (and ate!) for a month or two, and then died (after which I tried again and bought a new one!). They all ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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How can I prevent my Nepenthes pitchers from drying out?

I received what I guess is a Nepenthes last month, but the pitchers have all dried out by now. It starts with the lid drying up and once that happens it takes 10 days until the entire pitcher is all ...
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Venus flytrap/Dionaea muscipula doesn't grow traps anymore

I've had this Venus Flytrap since about 6 months. It was in bloom when I got it (for some reason shops like to sell flowering plants). I read that flowers take a lot of energy from the plant, and ...
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How long do Nepenthes leaves last without traps?

My nepenthes ventricosa x mira has lost two of the four traps it had when it shipped in but the leaves are still living, kinda growing, and are healthy. But I am wondering how long they will last. ...
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Venus Flytrap Won't Close on Flies…?

I got my Flytrap from the Natural History Museum, there were lots and lots of kids, so it may very well have been stimulated to shut a bunch before I bought it. I've had it for about 3 or 4 months, ...
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Wintering Carnivorous Plants

The flies, fruit flies, mosquitoes, and moths are getting really annoying and the spiders in the house aren’t helping much, so we want to get some carnivorous plants to put around the house. Our main ...
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Nepenthes “Lady Luck” Help

I was wondering if someone could help me with my Nepenthes 'Lady Luck' plant. I ordered it from a dealer off of Amazon a few months ago. I bought it because it was supposed to do well enough inside ...
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Can carnivorous plants grow well indoors?

I will be going to a nursery soon. If I find some carnivorous plants there, would it be wise and safe for the plant to keep them inside, even though I don't keep insects in the house for them to eat? ...
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Can I use tap water as an alternative to rain water on my Venus fly trap?

Can I leave tap water to stand outside in order for the fluorine and other baddies in tap water to evaporate? Could I boil it for the same result?
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Is it possible to grow nepenthes without a terrarium?

Is it possible or recommended to grow nepenthes outside of terrariums? Aren't nepenthes tropical plants needing constant high humidity?
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How can I get clean soil for my sundew?

When I bought my Drosera Aliciae, I was told that I have to repot it in a clean soil - without any nutrients. Unfortunately, all gardening stores in my neighborhood sell only standard garden soil, ...
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Why are my pitcher plant's leaves turning brown on the ends?

We bought a Nepenthes pitcher plant 3 months ago. It is growing beautifully but not producing any new pitchers (it has two small ones from when we bought it). The new leaves that come out and grow ...
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Can I use carnivorous plants to control cockroaches?

I've started seeing cockroaches in the kitchen at work. We've managed to keep their population from exploding by cleaning. Since their food supply is now limited and the critters are highly active, I ...
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Growing *Sarracenia* in a pond in the Southern Plains

We have moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. This is Hardiness Zone 7b. We're at the southern end of the Southern Plains, near the Oklahoma border - 2hrs from Oklahoma City, Lubbock, and Fort Worth. The ...
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How important is water type to carnivorous plants, really?

How important is it to not use tap water for carnivorous plants? e.g. is it a guideline or a hard rule? I have seen several answers on here saying not to, but I have had a venus fly trap for 3-4 ...
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How to grow aquatic floating bladderworts from seed?

Along with my previous question about Sarracenia, I'm also thinking of growing floating Utricularia (bladderworts) in the pond. Still not quite decided on the species (there are invasive issues to ...
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Why won't my new Venus fly trap trap anything?

I just bought a Venus fly trap a few days ago. My new Venus fly trap won't close ANY of its little traps. I put an ant into it and none of the traps closed. Is this natural?
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Nepenthes ice watering [closed]

I have read about watering orchids with ice which slowly releases water and doesn't over water and I figured watering my highland nepenthes with frozen distilled water would be a good idea and they ...
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Does soil need to be acidic for carnivorous plaints (droserae)

I'm still trying to grow carnivorous plants, and with reasonable success. Recommended: Peat / sphagnum moss Now generally, these plants grow in "wet, boggy, acidic soils" as every source will tell ...