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    Hello from Houston, I need some HELP

    Hi everyone,

    I am a horticulture specialist. I am creating a carnivorous plant education exhibit. However, I do not have much experience with carnivorous plants. I work in Houston, Texas. I wanted to know what types of plants I should use? What type of substrate I should put them in? and any other specifics I would need to consider.

    Thank you

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    There's info out there aplenty on the web and other sources. One thing to consider is a few months ago here in San Antonio, TX the botanical gardens had a carnivorous plant exhibit. The fellow who ran it might have some information on how they set up theirs. They bought their stuff from Calif**nia Car***ores. Buying your plants already planted would save you the trouble of mixing soil. If all else fails, a 50/50 washed sand and peat will do for most of your plants. Since you are in Texas, American pitchers plants would be a no brainer. The big box hardware stores might have some plants though not always the best source. Wherever your exhibit is going to be, plan to have fairly high humidity. Use low mineral content water when watering. Look up tray watering. Good luck!

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    How long is the exhibit and what kinds of conditions will the plants be staying in for its duration?

    This will help us determine which kinds of carnivorous plants will be suitable for your needs. I also second the notion to purchase mature, potted plants from a reputable retailer. Purchasing bare-root materials will be cheaper, but you will also have to purchase pots/media and the bare-rooted plants will be subject to a brief period of transplant shock.

    How long do you have to plan/grow plants before you need to create the exhibit and what is your approximate budget?

    I would also suggest approaching local print shops to print out large posters with carnivorous plant photos as a backdrop.
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    Thank you all for the reply. I will ask my supervisors these questions and get back to you.

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    There's actually a guy named Mike Howlett in Spring who operates a nursery dedicated to these plants. It may be worth your while to track down his contact info on google (sorry, can't post the business name here). I'm sure he'd be able to give you some relevant info.

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    Welcome, The Savage Garden is a book that everybody involved with CPs should own.
    It contains growing information on most of the common, as well as uncommon, carnivores and also has ideas and suggestions for terrariums and bog gardens.

    Good luck with the exhibit, and photos of the finished product would be awesome, if possible.
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    Good luck with exhibit! Please post some pics once it's set up

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    It would help if we knew where you plan to have the exhibit. Humidity is important to some genera but not all of them, so if it is outside or a place with lower humidity you might be a little more limited in your options.

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