Beginners guide: Discover 7 Amazing Insect-Eating Plants

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THE CARNIVOROUS PLANT NOVICE:

I'm starting out on my very first carnivorous plant journey and looking for a plant that eats bugs...a carnivorous plant

Awesome! You've come to the right place!
Cultivo specialises in carnivorous plants, and we stock a complete range of carnivorous plant species to help you start off your carnivorous plant addiction...er, collection

Start here as an absolute beginner...

The main deciding factor should be the type of growing conditions you can provide:
Some carnivorous plants thrive indoors, while others prefer outdoor conditions with varying levels of sunlight. Consider your space and the environment you can offer to choose the right plant for you

Where do you want to grow your new carnivorous plant?

  • Indoors on a north-facing windowsill (4-6 hours direct sunlight)
    • We recommend: a sundew, mexican butterwort, tropical pitcher plant (monkey cup), and/or a terrestrial bladderwort
  • Outdoors in dappled shade (e.g., shaded by a tree)
    • We recommend: a sundew, mexican butterwort, tropical pitcher plant (monkey cup), and/or a terrestrial bladderwort
  • Outdoors in full (8+ hours) direct sunlight (not sunlight through a window)
    • We recommend: a Venus flytrap, trumpet pitcher plant, purple pitcher plant, and/or a terrestrial bladderwort

Once you feel you are ready to advance to the next level...

  • Indoors on a north-facing windowsill (4-6 hours direct sunlight)
    • We recommend: A cobra lily, sun pitcher, and/or an Albany pitcher plant
  • Outdoors in dappled shade (e.g., shaded by a tree)
    • We recommend: A cobra lily, forkleaf sundew, Albany pitcher plant, sun pitcher, and/or parrot pitcher plant
  • Outdoors in full (8+ hours) direct sunlight (not sunlight through a window)
    • We recommend: A cobra lily, forkleaf sundew, Venus flytrap, trumpet pitcher plant, purple pitcher plant, and/or parrot pitcher plant

You need to know that...

  • Some plants go dormant (die back to a winter bulb) during the winter months - these are called temperate plants. Temperate plants only grow actively during spring and summer - Venus flytraps, forkleaf sundews, purple pitcher plants, trumpet pitcher plants, parrot pitcher plants, and cobra lilies all fall into this category.
  • Given enough light during wintertime, subtropical sundews, tropical pitcher plants, and bladderworts will grow throughout the year. Most bladderworts only flower during the warmer months.

Got it! Just a few quick questions?

Question: I'm an absolute beginner. Would you recommend starting with an actual plant or growing them from seed?

Answer:
In optimal conditions, carnivorous plant seeds typically take around 4-8 weeks to germinate, and it can take approximately 3-5 years for them to reach a size worth bragging about to your friends. We'd recommend starting with a plant and then advancing to growing them from seed once you feel more comfortable with the specific growing conditions required for each species.

Question: Do I need to buy a planter and soil, or is this all I need?

Answer:
The seven plants in our "Carnivorous Plants for Beginners" range are available in two sizes and will arrive already potted in our deluxe carnivorous plant soil. Your plant will thrive in this soil until next winter, so there's no need to transplant them right away.

The soil is specifically tailored to the needs of each carnivorous plant species, and we stock all the different types that can be purchased later if needed. When your plant arrives, simply unwrap it, water with mineral-free water, and enjoy! Additional water of this type is available for purchase if preferred

Question: Do the plants come with care sheets?

Answer:ย 
Absolutely! Each order includes a downloadable care sheet, jam-packed with everything you need to know. It's small enough for quick download and easy on-the-go reference on your phone or tablet!

Perfect for beginners!

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