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‘How to’? Make friends with Carnivorous plants

Providing the right conditions for your Carnivorous plants can help them thrive within your home.

Here are some top tips to keeping yours happy:


Provide plenty of natural light – a bright windowsill is ideal. Venus flytraps like full sun – a south-facing window or conservatory in the summer.

Monkey jars - carnivorous plants


Venus flytraps like a minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 15°C. Keep frost-free but in a cool place in winter – an unheated room works well. Some of the Sarracenia can be planted outside and will survive to -20°C. They like to be in a boggy patch or in a container with no drainage holes.

Dionaea - carnivorous plants


Stand the plant in a generous saucer of rainwater. These plants are not lime tolerant so only use soft tap water. Water less in the winter months but make sure that soil stays damp.


When re-potting use a 3:1 mix of peat and sand.

carnivorous plant


They do not need fertilizer. If there are no insects available to them you can feed them live insects. Each trap will catch around three insects and then die back. This is perfectly normal.


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