Care for Ping Plants


Ping plants (Pinguicula spp.), more commonly known as butterworts, consist of more than 70 different species and are found worldwide. Ping plants are flowering, carnivorous plants that consume insects, similar to Venus flytraps. The Ping has a rosette of fleshy leaves with a central erect flower stalk, which blooms with one or sometimes several purple flowers. Pings trap their insect prey on their greasy, hairy leaf surfaces. You can easily grow ping plants indoors, in a greenhouse or in a terrarium.

Step 1

Place your ping plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Set the plant in or near a window with filtered sunlight coming from the south, east or west.

Step 2

Place the planter pot on top of a drainage dish filled with water and gravel to keep the humidity levels elevated. Maintain air temperatures around your ping plant of 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Water your ping plant daily to keep the soil thoroughly wet at all times. If you're growing the ping plant in a terrarium, water it only when needed to keep the condensation levels high.

Step 4

Feed your ping plant a medium-sized, freshly-caught bug once each month from spring until fall, unless the plant is kept outdoors during that time. Apply a slow-release houseplant fertilizer once each year in early spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over-feed your ping plant, especially if you're keeping it outdoors and it's able to catch its own insects. Keep in mind that even indoors, the ping plant may be consuming enough bugs to satisfy its diet.

Things You'll Need

  • Drainage dish
  • Gravel
  • Insects (optional)
  • Slow-release houseplant fertilizer (optional)


  • Butterwort

Who Can Help

  • The Genus Pinguicula
Keywords: ping plant care, grow butterwort, Pinguicula carnivorous plants

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