Questions tagged [carnivorous-plants]

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

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Nepenthes pitcher cups rotting and turning black

I just feed one of the pitchers half a mealworm and in 2 days it looks like this. And it smells really bad. I don't understand what I did wrong.
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Why does my dionea muscipula (venus fly trap) look a bit sick?

I've done a little bit of research and it says that it's normal that the traps turn brown after eating, but the plant is way too small to eat something visible to the eye. Also they don't look very ...
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Venus flytrap is yellow, growth stagnated

My fiancé got me a Venus flytrap from the store in February, and I’ve been troubleshooting to keep it alive for several months. It had yet to thrive in any of the conditions I’ve put it in. While ...
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How long does it take for a Nepenthes vine to grow?

I am trying to grow (and hopefully breed) a nepenthes pitcher plant. In all the videos online I've seen people take cuttings from the nepenthes vines instead of the main stem. I was just curious how ...
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Venus flytrap pollination

I've just found out that my Venus flytraps (dionaea muscipula) is going growing several flowers this year. I was wondering if it's worth trying to cross-pollinate them. In that case: how? when? It ...
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What are the challenges of growing Venus' flytraps in India?

What are the challenges of growing Venus Flytrap in India where temperature is generally above 20 degree Celsius and reaches up to 44 degree Celsius for 2-3 months a year? Can I grow those plants ...
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My Venus flytrap’s mouths won’t shut

How come my Venus flytrap’s mouths are sort of turned out and won’t shut? I have tried touching the trigger hairs, and I always keep the soil moist. Please help.
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Dionaea miscipula (venus flytrap) laid over the ground

First of all, I live in Valencia, Spain, where the temperatures now are about 16-20°C. I have a dionaea muscipula that I bought at Lidl store and I moved it to a plastic pot. I bought it being the ...
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Can I touch the leaves of my pinguicula?

Is it safe for both me and the plant if I touch the leaves of my pinguicula plants? Are there any precautions I should take or things I should avoid doing?
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Venus fly trap plant closes its trap but won't digest

We bought a Venus fly trap about a month ago and it doesn't eat, we put a dead fly inside one of the traps and it closed, but after a while it opened up with the fly the same as it was before. This ...
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Why won’t my Venus flytrap eat its wax worms?

So, I got some Venus flytraps today but they didn’t look in the best health so I watered them a bit and got live wax worms. I’ve tried nearly all the heads it will fit in and stimulating the hairs, ...
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Flourishing Venus Flytrap: Special needs?

I've been having a venus flytrap plant (actually, 3 plants in the same pot) for about 8 months. It was greeh and healthy, but about 4/5 months ago (summer here in Spain) it started to become black ...
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Drosera / Sundew not eating

I have had a Drosera for about a month, and in the beginning it was taking care of flies and little insects but for a couple of weeks it has stopped eating them: This little bug has been here for a ...
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Venus Flytrap: repot, sun and water

I am a proud new owner of my very first Venus Flytrap (I came into the store to get some cute flowery plants, but I came out with this beauty instead :D) I am not sure if this is only one plant or ...
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Appearance of Traps on Nepenthes

I've had a Nepenthes (I believe Alata) for several years now. I have a question, probably because I have not been too observant: After a trap appears on a leaf and then subsequently dies off, will ...
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Can I tell if a boxed, hydroponic, fly-trap growing kit, made for teenagers, would be reliable?

My 13 year old grandson wants to grow some Fly Traps using this small, inexpensive, boxed hydroponic kit. The kit is designed for kids 12 years and older. The parts are all plastic. It comes with ...
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How should I care for my struggling Nepenthes Miranda?

I purchased a Nepenthes Miranda roughly over 6-7 months ago and for the first long while it was going super well. The leaves looked waxy and the pods grown were plentiful and large. It wasn't until ...
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Why do my Nepenthes N. Ventricosa tendrils dry out, and the N. Alata do not?

I have 2 pitcher plants in a single pot. The N. Alata sprouted around July (totally accidental, thought it was just a new stem since my ventrata has been in a bending position ever since I got it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best way to care for a venus fly trap?

I just recently acquired a small venus fly trap. I want to keep it indoors. What's the best way to take care of it, to make sure it lives a healthy life?
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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 ...
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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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Red Venus Fly Trap Seedlings

So I ordered a batch of red venus fly trap seeds (seeds to grow completely red fly traps, not green fly traps with some red inside of them) from the fly trap store and started sowing them about 4.5 ...
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What happen after nepenthes has flower

I live in Thailand and have my pet plant Nepenthes growing. I'm still immature so the pitcher mostly dried out but still it grows a bunch of flowers. I don't know what will happen after that. Will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best way to overwinter 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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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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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 ...