Blog & Updates

How to care for your Venus flytrap – a beginner’s guide

By | September 20th, 2017|Cultivation|

Hey, did you just pick up an awesome new Venus flytrap from HomeDepot/Walmart/your local nursery? That's super! Actually, that is exactly how your dear author got started with carnivorous plants some 20+ years ago (more time than I'd like to admit). Maybe this is your first, second, or even third time trying to grow [...]

Watering Carnivorous Plants

By | May 29th, 2017|Cultivation|

It's well-known among carnivorous plant growers that the plants require purified water. But what does "purified" mean, and why is it so important for healthy plants? Strap on your goggles, and let's dive into this water topic. What is purified water? Purified water is water that has gone through advanced filtration to remove impurities [...]

Carnivorous Plant Resource partners with Mesa Exotics

By | April 12th, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Mesa Exotics, expertly run by Mr. Don Elkins, is a carnivorous plant nursery that sells at plant shows throughout California. His primary focus is on Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) and North American Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia). More specifically, Don is a leading seller of Dionaea muscipula King Henry, a giant cultivar that [...]

A brief lesson in carnivorous plant taxonomy

By | March 27th, 2017|Classification, History|

What's in a name? If it's a plant name, quite a lot, actually. Plant taxonomy, including carnivorous plant taxonomy, is the science that 1. identifies plant characteristics, 2. classifies those characteristics, and ultimately 3. describes them via a name. Frequently, Latin is used to describe unique characteristics as a way to differentiate species. The result is a name that doesn't [...]

How to make a carnivorous plant terrarium

By | April 6th, 2017|Cultivation, Propagation|

Terrariums are a spectacular way to grow many carnivorous plants. They maintain high humidity, keep temperatures constant, allow in ample light to keep plants happy, and provide a porthole through which you can monitor your plant’s progress. They’re also an elegant way to put plants on display as beautiful indoor and outdoor decorations. [...]

How to treat thrip damage on a pitcher plant

By | February 22nd, 2017|Pests|

Thrip damaged sarracenia leaf with the little buggers circled. Thrips - the bane of pitcher plant growers, the world over. These tiny devils invade your plants, carried to them on breeze or introduced by other infested plants. Thrips have asymmetrical mouths with the right mandible being vestigial, or missing all-together, and the left mandible [...]

Transplanting & Dividing Pitcher Plants

By | February 19th, 2017|Cultivation, Propagation|

Transplanting Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plants): I spent a good chunk of last weekend transplanting Sarracenia from the cramped pots they had become root bound in, to larger 20 gallon containers where they will be able to stretch their rhizomes and send out new runners (in turn creating new plants). During the process, I [...]