Tropical and Mexican butterworts can make a wonderful addition to any carnivorous plant collection. They are great for catching gnats and are a good option for beginners and expert growers alike! Have questions about how to care for your butterwort? Check out our comprehensive care guides below.



This video will make potting your new butterwort quick and easy! We cover everything you’ll want to know including supplies needed, inspection of the plant, and planting methods.



After potting, your butterwort will go through an important adjustment period over the next few days. Learn how to help it adjust to its new home >>

Water and Humidity


In this video on water and humidity for tropical and Mexican butterworts, we cover a variety of topics including drainage, watering frequency, and watering methods. Proper water and humidity control is important to the long term health of your butterwort.


When your butterwort is in its carnivorous phase, it’s important that the plant gets plenty to eat. While butterworts are pros at catching gnats on their own, sometimes there aren’t any to catch. In this case, supplemental feeding can be beneficial. See our guides on feeding carnivorous plants here:


Relative Photosynthetic Response Curve (Quantum Weighted)

Quantum weighted Relative Action Curve adapted from McCree, 1972.

Proper butterwort care includes adequate lighting. For an in-depth look at lighting for carnivorous plants, including butterworts, check out our three part article series:

Succulent Phase (Dormancy)

Tropical and Mexican Butterworts - Succulent Phase (Dormancy)

Many tropical and Mexican butterworts experience a succulent phase, or what is often referred to as a dormancy period, hibernation, or winter rosette phase. Learn more about succulent phase care >>