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Gift Republic GR200010: Grow It. Grow Your Own Carnivorous Plants, Green

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Use a pot that is only slightly larger than the original one, filled with a compost mix for carnivorous plants. Some Sarracenia have spectacular trumpet pitchers up to 1m (3ft) tall, while the tropical Nepenthes vine has pendulous, goblet-like traps.

The pitcher plants, clockwise from top left: Sarracenia, Heliamphora, Nepenthes, Cephalotus, Darlingtonia. In a pinch, tap water will work for a short while, but flush out the minerals with generous portions of rainwater, when it is available.There are many different types, from Venus flytraps to pitcher plants, which use a range of methods to catch their prey. Both peat and sphagnum will have problems with cyanobacteria and quite often sphagnum is contaminated with sedge and other weed seeds.

A good mixture for these CPs is fine grade moss peat mixed with either lime-free horticultural sand or perlite, to a ratio of about 2:1. To keep plants looking their best, you can remove old pitchers, traps, flower heads and leaves once they start to fade. However, unlike other garden perennials, they must be planted into compost that is specially formulated for carnivorous plants (see above), rather than soil or potting compost. Most tap water and bottled water is high in dissolved minerals, and the gradual build up of these minerals in the soil will cause your plants to become sickly. multifida, the Cape sundew ( Drosera capensis) has many strap-like leaves covered in sticky hairs that trap insect prey.

Scotland Carnivorous Plants: If you’re looking for specialist Nepenthes beyond what I offer, I can highly recommend Oliver Murray, my go-to supplier for Nepenthes in the UK. Nepenthes - also known as ‘Monkey cups’ or ‘Monkey jars’ - require slightly different conditions than their bog-dwelling cousins.

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