Grow Carnivorous Plants with Conviction

Written by Jacob Farin of Sarracenia Northwest

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Even with our horticultural skills, do plants die on us? Yes. But, we learn from our mistakes and move on. No one looks down on us because of our mistakes. Why? Because our beautiful carnivorous plants far outnumber those that didn't make it.

Many varieties of carnivorous plants are very winter hardy. We have Venus Flytraps that have been growing exclusively outdoors for nearly 10 years! We provide them with no special care other than full sun and a tray of standing water. They grow well for us because we grow them with conviction.

So, grow carnivorous plants with conviction. Over time, you too will have healthy and beautiful plants you can be proud of.

If you need a pep talk for growing carnivorous plants, visit It's a personalized and fun way to boost your confidence level when growing carnivorous plants!

Jacob Farin is a recognized expert on the cultivation of carnivorous plants at He is also co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, a nursery specializing in carnivorous plants. To learn more about growing carnivorous plants, visit

How To Grow Luscious Tomatoes

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Set out tomato plants inrepparttar evening or on a cloudy day.

Mulching helps stop weed growth and water loss fromrepparttar 113296 soil. Place a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, leaves, straw, grass clippings, hay, newspapers, or black or red plastic sheeting aroundrepparttar 113297 growing plants.

Tomatoes can be grown onrepparttar 113298 ground or supported by stakes or cages. If using stakes putrepparttar 113299 stake in when planting Asrepparttar 113300 plant grows taller, tie it loosely torepparttar 113301 stake every 12 inches with soft fabric or twine.

Tomatoes require at least one inch of water per week during May and June and at least two inches per week during July, August, and September. Water once or twice a week and to a depth of 12 to 18 inches.

Space dwarf plants 12 inches apart; staked tomatoes should be 12 to 18 inches apart. Allow 2 to 4 feet between non- staked plants.

Rows should be spaced 3 to 5 feet apart for staked plants and 4 to 6 feet apart for non-staked plants.

A 10-20-10 fertilizer should be applied at planting time. Sidedress forrepparttar 113302 first time whenrepparttar 113303 first fruits are one- third grown. Use about one to two tablespoons per plant. Mixrepparttar 113304 fertilizer intorepparttar 113305 soil then water, being careful not to getrepparttar 113306 fertilizer onrepparttar 113307 foliage. A second application should be made two weeks afterrepparttar 113308 first ripe fruit and a third application one month later. Waterrepparttar 113309 plants thoroughly after fertilizing. All fertilizers should be worked intorepparttar 113310 top six inches of soil.

For more information on fertilizers:

Author: Marilyn Pokorney Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading. Website:

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