19 Oct

How To Water Carnivorous Plants

How To Water Carnivorous Plants

All carnivorous plants need water but to varying degrees. Many sundews, flytraps, and American pitcher plants thrive in bog-like conditions while most Mexican Pinguicula are happy in a seasonal desert-like environment. No matter how wet or dry a plant prefers conditions though, one way to water carnivorous plants safely and effectively at home is to water them using reverse osmosis.

Osmosis

Reverse osmosis using a semipermeable membrane

Reverse osmosis is the process of purifying water using a semipermeable membrane to filter out salts and chemicals that can be harmful to carnivorous plants. The easiest way to water plants using reverse osmosis is with the tray method.

 

How To Water Carnivorous Plants Using The Tray Method:

  1. Partially fill a tray or saucer with water.
  2. Using a pot with drainage holes in the bottom, place the potted plant in the tray so the water can wick up through the holes.
  3. Refill the tray or saucer when it runs almost dry or as needed depending on the type of carnivorous plant you are growing.

Water TraySaucer partially filled with water

Pot with HolesPot with drainage holes

Tray Method - Watering

Watering a Venus Flytrap using the Tray Method

With this method, the soil acts as the semipermeable membrane and filters out unwanted salts and chemicals, delivering cleaner water to the plant’s roots. Pretty simple right? It’s important to note though; while this method helps a great deal to filter out unwanted contaminates, it won’t filter out everything. For this reason, using cleaner sources to begin with like rain or distilled water along with cleaning trays regularly to prevent salt and chemical buildup is still a good idea.

 

Secondary Benefits of the Tray Method

The tray method also has some other benefits like preventing media erosion and for bog species, providing a consistent supply of water to the plant’s roots without having to water the plant everyday. To an extent, the tray method can also help keep water away from plant crowns; an area often susceptible to disease and rot if too much water is present.

Pinguicula - Brown Heart Disease

A Pinguicula lost to Browning Heart Disease from too much water near the crown

 

Other Methods

As with most things, there’s usually more than one way to do something. Do you have a favorite method for watering your carnivorous plants other than the tray method? What are some of its benefits? Please comment below and tell us, we’d love to hear about it!

10 Jun

Initial Planting Instrucions

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If you have recently purchased a bare root plant from us, please follow these step by step instructions on how to pot it and help your plant adjust to its new environment. If you need more information after reviewing the steps, please contact us or post a question in the comments below, thank you!

Step 1
Select a pot or container appropriately sized to the plant and cover all roots with the required soil or potting media listed on the enclosed care requirements for your particular plant.

Watch How To Pot Bare Root Carnivorous Plants an in depth tutorial.

Step 2
Keep your plant out of direct sunlight and the soil or media soaked for 1 week. This helps your  plant recover from any shipping stress and grow more roots.

EXCEPTION: Many Butterworts are sensitive to overwatering. To help them recover from any stress, keep them out of direct sunlight and the media only slightly damp for 1 week.

Step 3
After 1 week, begin adjusting your plant to care sheet conditions at increasing increments.

Example: Day 1 – 1 hour of full sun, Day 2 – 2 hours of full sun, and so on. By slowly adjusting conditions, you will greatly reduce the risk of transplant shock.  

Happy planting!