Top 5 Secrets to Keeping Your Carnivorous Plants Alive, Healthy and Beautiful

Written by Jacob Farin

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Secret #4: Season your plants.

One day while I was atrepparttar Farmers’ Market selling my carnivorous plants, a customer stopped by and said that she hadrepparttar 113333 good fortune to see a type of carnivorous plant growing inrepparttar 113334 wild while visiting friends in Canada.

I immediately knew which plant she had seen, so I held up a Purple Pitcher Plant and she exclaimed, “Yes, that isrepparttar 113335 plant I saw!”

I then told her how easy it was to grow that plant outdoors all year round, to which she replied, “But duringrepparttar 113336 winter, you have to bring them indoors, right?”

“Why would you need to do that?”

“Because it will get too cold for them,” she stated with authority.

At that point, I was very puzzled. So, I said to her, “If you saw them growing inrepparttar 113337 wild in Canada, surely they can live outdoors in Oregon. It gets much colder in Canada than it does in Oregon.”

It amazes me how often some people assume that just because a plant is carnivorous it is: 1) tropical, 2) delicate, and 3) difficult to grow. This is precisely why people kill their carnivorous plants. They treat them as a tropical, delicate carnivorous plant that is difficult to grow without knowing if they actually have a tropical, delicate carnivorous plant that is difficult to grow. This is definitely a recipe for disaster.

All carnivorous plants native torepparttar 113338 United States and Canada are considered temperate plants, meaning they go dormant duringrepparttar 113339 winter months, and come right back to life in spring and summer. Other non-carnivorous plants that do this are roses, daisies, daffodils and thousands upon thousands of other types of plants grown all aroundrepparttar 113340 world.

This is why Secret #1 is a very important secret. You need to know what type of plant you have to determine whether it requires winter dormancy or if it needs to be indoors during those cold winter months.

Temperate plants need to rest up for spring. Without their winter rest, they get very cranky and may fail to grow in spring. Think of how you feel when you do not get enough sleep. So, if you want healthy vibrant plants in spring, give them a winter rest. They might even reward you with flowers!

Secret #5: Holdrepparttar 113341 fertilizer, please.

If you want gorgeous looking carnivorous plants duringrepparttar 113342 growing season, repot your plants right before they come out of dormancy. In most cases, this would be in March. Repotting your plants serves two purposes.

Firstly, carnivorous plants need room to grow. Depending onrepparttar 113343 species, some rhizomes can get quite large. Other species have long deep taproots. So, it is important that you give these guys enough root space.

Secondly, changingrepparttar 113344 soil yearly aeratesrepparttar 113345 roots. With fresh oxygen, roots will grow more robustly, producing healthier plants.

Springtime is also a time when you should cut off dead leaves or any leaves that have turned brown. This will prevent fungal infections and increase sunlight torepparttar 113346 base ofrepparttar 113347 plant.

When repotting your plants, a standard soil mix to use is 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite. Peat moss adds acidity and retains moisture, while perlite provides drainage.

This soil recipe is sufficient for 80% of all carnivorous plants. You can adjustrepparttar 113348 recipe by adding more perlite or other inert matter to increaserepparttar 113349 drainage. Just make surerepparttar 113350 soil is void of nutrients and fertilizer.

Fertilizer is toxic to carnivorous plants and will burn their roots. (Very painful.) Carnivorous plants will get all of their nutrients from insects caught in their leaves.

There you have it! You have just readrepparttar 113351 TOP 5 SECRETS TO KEEPING YOUR CARNIVOROUS PLANTS ALIVE, HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL.

You learned:

Secret #1: Correctly identifyrepparttar 113352 type of carnivorous plant you have. Remember, not all carnivorous plants are created equal. Some grow in temperate bogs, while others grow in hot humid jungles.

Secret #2: Brighten their days with full sun.

Secret #3: Soak their feet.

Secret #4: Season your plants.

Secret #5: Repot yearly and holdrepparttar 113353 fertilizer.

Each secret is an important part ofrepparttar 113354 foundation on which you can grow beautiful carnivorous plants all year round.

Believe it or not, you now know more about growing carnivorous plants than you local nursery. Really, when wasrepparttar 113355 last time you saw Venus Flytraps being sold inrepparttar 113356 outdoor plant section? In nearly all cases, you will find them inrepparttar 113357 indoor plant section, amongstrepparttar 113358 tropical plants.

When you follow these simple steps, your carnivorous plants will have no choice but grow into healthy and beautiful plants that you can be proud of!

BONUS SECRET! Always start with healthy and beautiful carnivorous plants. Make surerepparttar 113359 seller is growing them correctly; otherwise you will have an uphill battle trying to keep your plants alive.

For healthy and beautiful carnivorous plants direct from experienced growers, visit Sarracenia Northwest at

Jacob Farin is co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, a nursery specializing in the cultivation of beautiful carnivorous plants. Visit him at

How To Prevent Damping Off

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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When preparing to plant be sure that flats, tools, plant containers, and benches are clean. Damping off pathogens can live in these containers. The easiest way to disinfect them is to dip them in a bleach solution for 10 seconds. Use 1 part bleach to 4 parts water. Or use 70 percent rubbing alcohol.

Plant in a light, well drained fertile seedbed. Preferably use sterile soils that have been pasteurized with heat before planting. Maintain a soil pH atrepparttar low end ofrepparttar 113332 average scale. A soil of 6.4 pH is less susceptible to root rot than a pH of 7.5. As plants are wateredrepparttar 113333 pH gradually increases. Test often and continue to maintain a lower pH whilerepparttar 113334 plants are still germinating. If necessary use one tablespoon of vinegar to 1 gallon of water to lower a rising pH level.

Plant seeds no deeper than 4 times their own thickness. Keeprepparttar 113335 seedbed soil onrepparttar 113336 dry side after planting and allow plenty of bright light but not direct sunlight.

Use plant containers with drainage holes, water fromrepparttar 113337 bottom only, and avoid excess watering. Do not allow pots to stand in water as excess water cannot drain andrepparttar 113338 roots will be starved for oxygen which will stop all growth of seedlings. Never water late inrepparttar 113339 day.

Avoid overcrowding and overfeeding of plants. Do not overfertilize, especially with nitrogen.

For additional organic tips fromrepparttar 113340 experts on damping off:

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

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