Carnivorous Plants Habitat

Overview

Carnivorous plants grow on every continent worldwide except for Antarctica. You can find them in every state in the United States and every province in Canada. Even Hawaii has one species of carnivorous plant, but it is unfortunately not a native. Florida has the most variety of carnivorous plants.

Climate

Carnivorous plants live in bogs and swampy areas. This habitat supplies the plants with a good supplemental food source in the form of insects.

Soil

The soil in which carnivorous plants live lacks nutrients, and is thin and acidic. These plants have adapted to the conditions by modifying their diet to include insects, spiders and even small frogs. To create good soil for carnivorous plants at home, mix 2 parts sphagnum peat, 2 parts sphagnum moss and 1 part sand.

Water

The natural source of water for the carnivorous plants consists of rainfall or natural springs. When caring for carnivorous plants at home, use collected rainwater or distilled water.

Light

Carnivorous plants grow in full sunlight. They need bright light for growth and color.

Home Growing

A plant terrarium provides the best habitat at home for a carnivorous plant. Once established, a terrarium has the high humidity level these plants prefer.

References

  • University of Missouri
Keywords: carnivorous plants, Venus fly trap, sundew

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Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.