Winter Care for Corkscrew Plants


Corkscrew plants, also known as genlisea, are originally from the tropical regions of South America and Africa. They derived their name because of the "corkscrew" shaped roots that collect microorganisms below the soil's surface--and digest the insects. These simple, attractive plants have leaves that lay on top of the soil, giving the appearance of a carnivorous plant, like its many cousins. The plant makes an excellent outdoor patio or indoor tropical plant.

Step 1

Bring the corkscrew plans indoor during the winter. These plants cannot handle the conditions of cold, harsh winters.

Step 2

Water the plant, once brought indoors, as needed, to maintain constantly moist (not soaked) soil. These plants enjoy the damp, tropical environment, so keeping their soil moist is a key in their survival.

Step 3

Place the corkscrew plant's container in a sunny location where it will receive full sun for most of the day. If you have a window where sunlight is strong for most of the day, and filtered for the remainder of the day, this is a good location for the corkscrew plant to wait out the winter.

Step 4

Use artificial lighting if a sunny window or location in your home is not possible. Placing the plants under 40-watt florescent bulbs throughout the day will keep them healthy until they can be placed back outside in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • 40-watt florescent lighting (optional)


  • Sarracenia Northwest: Genlisea--Corkscrew Plant
Keywords: corkscrew plant care, growing corkscrew plants, winterizing corkscrew plants

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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.