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CARNIVOROUS PLANT INSTRUCTIONS

FLY TRAP

Zone: Zones 7-10. Can be grown indoors anywhere.

Size (in diameter):

Akai Ryu 2”-5”, 

Dente 3”-6”

King Henry 3-6”. Has one of the largest traps!

Temperature/Humidity: 55-85℉. Keep humidity over 50%.

Pet Friendly: Yes! This plant is non-toxic, and safe to grow around pets.

Edible: No. This plant is not edible.

Soil: Planting in a mixture of Sphagnum Peat Moss & Perlite is recommended (There are more environmentally-friendly options online). Carnivorous plant potting mixes work well too. Do not use any kind of fertilizers, Miracle Gro, or Peat Moss that has fertilizer in it! Fertilizer will burn the roots & harm the plant.

Lighting: Many hours of good sunlight or a gro-light each day. Shorten lighting hours during the winter months.

Water: Choose a small pot with a hole at the bottom, and sit it in a tray of water. Fly Traps need pure water such as Distilled or Rainwater. Replace water when the tray is empty.

Other Tips:

  • May be potted indoors or outdoors in a safe environment during the warm months. Not recommended in a yard or garden.
  • Your Fly Trap may arrive all green. The red color inside the traps comes in after being exposed to lots of sunlight.
  • An outdoor Fly Trap is free to catch its own bugs. If indoors, you may manually give it alive or dead bugs. Please do research before giving your plant an insect, as some bugs can be damaging to the Fly Trap. Insects will provide nutrients for the plant!
  • Opening/closing each trap uses the plant’s energy. Each may open/close around 12 times before that trap will die. It is normal for single traps to turn dark and die every so-often. New traps will eventually grow to take its place. It is very cool to watch the traps close, but please refrain from constantly touching them.
  • In the spring, a stalk may begin to grow and will eventually bloom a flower in the center of the plant. You may collect seeds from the flower later on if you choose to let it grow. Please note that the flower takes a great deal of energy away from the fly traps, so many growers cut the flower stalk at around 3-5cm tall.
  • Even Fly Traps that live indoors need a resting period during the winter months. If an indoor plant, move it to a bit cooler location and cut down on watering a bit. The plant will begin to turn black and die back. You may re-pot your Fly Trap the following spring and start the yearly cycle over again.

 NEPENTHES PITCHER PLANT

Zone: Zones 10-12. Can be grown indoors anywhere.

Size: Entire plant height about 18". Pitcher size up to 8"

Temperature/Humidity: 70+℉. Humidity at 50%+

Pet Friendly: Yes! This plant is non-toxic, and safe to grow around pets.

Edible: No. This plant is not edible.

Soil: Planting in a mixture of Sphagnum Peat Moss, Perlite, and/or Sand is recommended (There are more environmentally-friendly options online). Carnivorous plant potting mixes work well too. 

Lighting: Many hours of good indirect sunlight or a gro-light each day. Shorten lighting hours during the winter months.

Water: Use a watering-can over the plant and pot. Keep soil moist, but not overwatered. A good rule is to water when the top-soil begins to feel a dry. Use pure water such as distilled, reverse osmosis, or rainwater.

Other Tips:

  • May be potted indoors or outdoors in a safe environment during the warm months. Use a pot or hanging basket. Not recommended in a yard or garden.
  • The Nepenthes does not need a winter dormancy period. But may die-back, go dormant, and/or have a slower growth rate if the temperature, humidity, and lighting is not kept up during the cold months.
  • Each individual pitcher has its own lifespan and will turn dark and die-back after a few months. This is nothing to worry about, and is part of the plant's normal lifecycle. A completely- dead pitcher may be clipped off. New pitchers will grow in with time.

SUNDEW (DROSERA SPATULATA)

Zone: Zones 8-12. Can be grown indoors anywhere.

Size: The plant gets about 1"-1.5" wide. The stalks usually get about 3" tall.

Temperature/Humidity: 65℉+ Temperatures. Humidity at 50%+

Pet Friendly: Yes! This plant is non-toxic, and safe to grow around pets.

Edible: No. This plant is not edible.

Soil: Planting in a mixture of Sphagnum Peat Moss, Perlite, and/or Sand is recommended (There are more environmentally-friendly options online). Carnivorous plant potting mixes work well too. 

Lighting: Many hours of good indirect sunlight or a gro-light each day. Slowly increase lighting if needed. 

Water:  Choose a small pot with a hole at the bottom, and sit it in a tray of water. Replace water when the tray is empty. Mist plant daily if needed. Keep soil moist, but not overwatered. Use pure water such as distilled, reverse osmosis, or rainwater. 

Other Tips:

  • May be potted indoors or outdoors in a safe environment during the warm months. Not recommended in a yard or garden.
  • If the plant feels dry and not sticky, it is most likely not be receiving enough water.
  • Each plant may grow one or several stalks. Each stalk will eventually flower and produce seeds. While it looks pretty, these stalks use up the plant's energy. It is recommended for beginners to cut the stalks and leave just 1 at a time or even none at all. 
  • The Sundew does not need a winter dormancy period. But may die-back, go dormant, and/or have a slower growth rate if the temperature, humidity, and lighting is not kept up during the cold months.

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