I have recently become re-interested in carnivorous plants. I grew up around house plants and now have many of my own but to date my only foray with carnivorous plants has been the odd venus flytrap here and there that I brought home planted in good potting soil and promptly killed. I gave up on them several years back. I have recently beconme reinterested and now know that beyond the humidity (I was aware of that requirement) it takes nutrient poor soil, pure water and lots of sunlight to keep them alive. I have been reading online and just began reading my new copy of the Savage Garden.
My current plans are to set up a mini-bog for temperate plants on my balcony. I have excellent light there since it faces south west. It is partially shaded by a tree that grows nearby but I have a good selection of light intensity to choose from. Current plans are to construct the bog in a rubbermaid container a 50/50 mix of organic Canadian peat and playsand (since I can't find perlite here that isn't soaked in Miracle Grow) and long-fibered sphagnum moss on the top. I am aware that I will have to use rain water or distilled water. I have a blue rubbermaid tub I plan to use.I had read that clear tubs were preferred I have noticed that most use containers that are not clear, does it matter?
Any other advice and direction would be appreciated. I don't want to start purchasing plants in earnest until I have the conditions set up.
Thank you in advance!