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Thread: Carnivorous Plant for a Beginner

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    westie
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    Hi! I am wondering what you think is the easiest carnivorous plant to grow and keep for the beginner. Also, is it better to put them in a terrarium, or keep them separate? Do certain plants grow better in the Northeast? All suggestions are welcome! Thank-you!

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    I would say go with a Sarracenia Purpurea subsp. Venosa or subsp. Purpurea. And WELOCME TO THE PFT COMMUNITY!

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    I don't mean to be rude, but could you use the common names of the plants because I am not farmiliar with the scientific terms. Thank-you!

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    don't know about keeping them outside but I know that you can grow almost all indoors.

    Sarracenia ( North American Pitcher Plant )- by far I think that this is one of the easiest plants to grow. Humidity around 50% place pot in tray ( saucer of water ) 1 - 1 1/2 inches deep. Needs dormancy in the winter

    Dionaea ( Venus Flytrap )- what most people think of, but actually are a little harder to grow. Same conditions as sarracenia, but are prone to more problems than most CP's. Needs a dormant period

    Drosera ( Sundew )- another great CP. This will need to be in an area that is 60% greater in humidity and will probably have to go into a terrarium when the humidity is high. Some need dormancy and some do not.

    Pinguicula ( Butterwort )- great plants, very non descript and succulent looking. Needs high humidity as well, some can be tricky, but there are some great easy to care for plants. Some need dormancy and others do not. Terrarium plant, unless you can provide high humidity for them.

    Nepenthes ( Tropical Pitcher Plant )- Many people collect these and they are great plants. Pitchers hang off the ends of lone 'vines' ( tendrils ). The pitcher are showy and this plant needs no dormancy. I would start off with 'lowland' varieties. They are easier to keep. Constant temperature and humidity are key. Terrarium plant.

    Utricularia ( Bladderwort )- I just started getting into these plants. The bladders are usually hard to see, and are often underground, but the flowers and plant itself are awesome. Some need dormancy, humidity doesn't seem to be a problem. Tray method. Go for the terrestrial ones and stray from the aquatic ones.

    Cephalotus ( Albany Pitcher Plant )- A great plant from Aussie land, but it has a temper. Kind of like the Nepenthes, but way smaller. No dormancy.

    Byblis ( Rainbow plant )- Like sundews, but a little different. I have just planted some seed, so I know very little about them. Do not buy plants, b.c they do not transplant well at all. Only buy seed.

    Genlisea ( Corkscrew Plant )- Something like Bladderworts, but a little stranger. You cannot see the roots, but the plant itself is pretty neat. Very easy to grow. I have a colony of them.

    Heliamphora ( Sun Picher Plant )- A difficult plant to grow if you don't have the right conditions. Similar to growing highland nepenthes. Some people just don't have the resources for them. No dormancy. Humidity above 80% at all times. Nighttime temperatures into the 50-60's day time 70-80's

    There are a couple more, but they are also difficult to grow...I got you the ones that everyone will know and some requirements for them. If you have any questions about them, please let me know.

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    I recommend a Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis). These guys are hard to kill and pretty impressive looking too Somebody on the forum probably has some they're trying to get rid of. Just ask around.
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    Westie,

    Where in the NE are you? There are a fair number of members from various locations in the NE here who could offer specific outdoor plant suggestions.

    My own suggestions for year round outdoor growing would be:

    Northern purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea)

    Round leaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

    Other northern sundews like D. intermedia, D. linaris, D. angelica and possibly D. filiformis ssp filiformis.

    You could probably grow most any other N. American pitcher outdoors in the summer as well as a wide variety of sundews and butterworts.

    Bladderworts can be grown on any windowsill and I would be more than happy to offer you some specific suggestions (you might also want to talk to Tamlin and Dodecatheon)

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    Well. At first, its kinda hard, but after about a month, you'll have most of the scientific names down pat... I personally would try to forget common names as there are mixups alot of the time...

    I would stay away from North American Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia) if you are going to grow them indoors. Obvisously, you don't have too many yet, and I'm supposing you dont have light ballasta with plant bulbs hanging over a table now, do you? Ya, me neither... Hehehe... Sarrs are HARD for me to grow indoors without proper plant lighting... Even a purpurea...

    I would go with Drosera capensis:


    or Nepenthes ventricosa:


    They are both, as some people say, bombproof...
    Choose one of these if you really want a 100% success rate... The only way you can fail is lack of enthusiasm... Really...
    Ask for care instructions after you choose... Ifeel its easier that way... That way you've dont your own exploring, and not only discovered the easy ones, but maybe some more vague ones... even if you dont get htose, you can still have learned, know what i mean?

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    westie
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    No, I am not planning on growing plants outdoors. I would like to create a small terrarium or simply keep a few plants in my bedroom.

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