How to Grow Carnivorous Plants -- Finding Information
Venus flytrap
The iconic Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, growing in captivity under lights.

There are more than 720 species of carnivorous plants spread over 17 genera in 5 orders. This includes plants that are fully aquatic to ones that live in deserts, plants that live in rain forests, fog forests, temperate forests, bogs, fens, swamps, grasslands, lakes, streams, and on and on. There is no one way to grow carnivorous plants in general and no one way to grow any given carnivorous plant. This section will help you grow and enjoy the more common and easier to grow carnivorous plants.

Please see the Growing Environments section for general information on where to grow carnivorous plants. The Growing Guides section has specific instructions on growing particular types of carnivorous plants. The Propagation section describes how to make new plants. The other sections go into more detailed information applicable to most plants you can grow.

There are other nuggets of growing information scattered throughout the ICPS web site and its associated sites. Make sure you check out other areas of this web site too:

It is a big world wide web out there. Chances are the answers to all your questions about growing carnivorous plants are out there somewhere. Chances are most of those answers are not exactly wrong. Places to look are:


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