Pot a temperate carnivorous plants (Venus Flytraps, Sarracenia, Temperate Sundews, etc)

Temperate Carnivorous plants are easy to pot. You will need the following ingrediants:

1. Temperate Carnivorous Plant

2. Temperate Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix                                                                                                                                                

3. Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss (LFS)

4. Plastic Pot

5. Mineral-free water

6. Tweezers (optional)

Most plants we sell ship as bare-root by default. Plants that ship as bare-root are shipped with their root system enclosed with long fiber sphagnum moss (LFS), witch is wrapped with a paper towel, secured with tape, plant label, and then bagged. In order to be properly prepared and minimize stress on new plants, customers should prepare materials listed above ahead of time.

Bare-root Venus Flytraps ready to ship.

Temperate carnivorous plant soil is sold in our online store here. When you receive your soil mix it will by dry, moisten the soil by adding mineral-free water to it,  and be sure the soil is very damp before potting up. Most carnivorous plants live in and prefer wet environments.

DO NOT use potting soils designed for houseplants, landscaping, or vegetable crops. The minerals and fertilizers in these mixes are very detrimental to the health of carnivorous plants and will rapidly cause a reduction in vigor and general health that will eventually kill the plant, sometimes quite suddenly.

We recommend and use rigid plastic pots with multiple holes in the bottom for proper drainage. Generally the size of the pot should be proportional to the plant. Small and medium-sized Venus Flytraps which generally don’t mind being somewhat root-bound, and temperate sundews will grow well in a 3″ pot, but larger plants will require a 4″ or 6″ pots. Most young or smaller Sarracenia will grow well in 4″ or 6″ pots but may eventually need to be 1/2 or 1 gallon pots.

The rigid, square, plastic pots we use at the nursery for most medium-large size Flytraps, large Temperate sundews and single growth point Sarracenia.

Use pots with multiple drainage holes, these holes should be filled with the Long fiber Sphagnum (LFS) used to wrap your plants root system during shipping.

Remove the packing material by carefully removing the tape, label, paper towel and unwrapping the (LFS) moss used to wrap your plants roots. It’s a best practice to briefly soak the roots in mineral-free water to infuse them with moisture. While the roots are soaking, a shallow layer of the (LFS) moss used to for shipping your plant should be placed in the bottom of the pot, plugging the drainage holes. This will still allow water to drain and through the holes it will prevent soil from escaping through the pot holes and eroding your plants growing media.

Add the moist temperate Carnivorous Plant soil into the plastic pot, fill the pot to the top. Once the pot is filled with loose soil, use your fingers or a dowel to poke a small hole into  the soil, in the center of the pot. The hole should be deep enough to match the length of your plants root system. Once you’ve made the hole gently place the plants root system into the hole in the soil (we recommend using tweezers to do this with sundews to prevent soil getting stuck on the dewy leaves). As you’re doing this try to splay the plants root system out as far apart as possible so that the root system takes full advantage of the space in the pot. Your plant should be  deep enough so that the roots are completely underground and the crown of the plant is above the soil level. 

With  venus flytraps in particular, you should be able to see that the top of the plant is green, while the bottom of the plant is white. The green portion should be placed above the soil, while the white section should be below. Gently push and secure the soil around the plant so that soil surrounds  and supports the plants crown, while ensuring there is good contact between root system and soil. Often after this step more soil will have to be added to the top to ensure the pot is evenly filled.  Moisten the soil surface with a spray bottle and place the plant in a shallow tray of water.

Keep an eye on your plants over the following days in order to ensure the plant is growing upright, has good soil to root system contact, and adequate moisture and light. Do not worry if the plant looks a bit stressed from shipping, handling and potting. Given the proper growing environments It should start to recover and produce new  growth within a few day or weeks.

Best of luck and good growing!