How to Grow Carnivorous Plants


Carnivorous plants are plants that commonly feed off insects but still require many of the same nutrients as other plants. A carnivorous plant has the ability to capture prey and trap insects. The plant can also digest and absorb the insects. Growing carnivorous plants can be simple in a terrarium or vivarium, which are types of aquariums that simulate a dry habitat. Types of carnivorous plants include the Venus's-flytraps, sundews, bladderworts, sarracenia, nepenthes, aldrovanda, bromeliads and butterworts.

Step 1

Purchase the seeds for your carnivorous plant from your local nursery or garden store. Some seeds may also come in a kit form. You must also have a terrarium ready with the heat needed to grow your carnivorous plant.

Step 2

Prepare the soil in your terrarium by using pre-mixed carnivorous plant soil that you can purchase from the same place you get your seeds. Add the soil to a bucket and add 2 cups of purified water. Stir the mix well and then level out the soil in your terrarium. That layer of soil should be at least 2 inches thick. .

Step 3

Spread your seeds around the soil in the terrarium. Don't be too concerned with spreading the seeds evenly. Spray purified water all around the terrarium so that the top portion of the soil remains moist.

Step 4

Continue keeping your soil moist by adding 1 cup of purified water to this soil every day. Also, maintain the humidity in the terrarium by covering any open areas around the lid of the tank with plastic.

Step 5

Wait for three weeks for the seedlings to begin to grow. You can move your plants to different locations in the terrarium when the plants are at least two or three months old, using tweezers. The plants should grow no larger than 1 inch in height.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Terrarium
  • Soil
  • Purified water
  • Plastic


  • General Care of Carnivorous Plants
  • What Is a Carnivorous Plant?
  • Grow Your Own Carnivorous Seeds
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Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.