Kids will enjoy growing their own mini bog full of insect-eating plants.

How to Create a Carnivorous Garden

  • carnivorous plants (used here: Venus flytrap, pitcher plants, sundew)
  • wide, shallow container with no drainage hole
  • fluorescent lights (if you're keeping indoors and don't have an atrium or sunroom)
  • pinecones, pine needles, decorative objects (no alkaline materials)
  • water that's low in salts and minerals (rainwater is preferred; if not available, use distilled or reverse-osmosis water)
  • dried Spanish moss

Step 1: Plan the Layout

Some plants are meat eaters — for them, a juicy bug is a delicious treat. These plants don't derive all of their nutritional needs from insects. In fact, they mostly get their food the way other plants do: they make it. But an occasional buggy snack gives them a boost of vitamins and minerals they wouldn't otherwise get.

Carnivorous plants love high humidity, moist soil and bright light, so we're creating a container bog garden that you can keep by a very sunny window or move outside on the patio. Just be sure that the bog garden gets as much sun as possible (or, supplemental lighting with fluorescent tubes) and maintain an inch or three of water in the bottom

To get started, place the plants, still in their pots, in the container and arrange them until you're pleased with the look.

Step 2: Water Your Garden

Add about 2 inches of water in the bottom of the container.

Step 3: Add Decorative Material

Place dried Spanish moss, pinecones and other items that will give your garden a boggy look.

3 Comments About this How To

  • Snowy Markham
    Distilled water is a must, anything else will kill the plants really quick. Surprised the article doesn't mention that. The best way to grow these plants is in a covered terrarium to prevent evaporation.

    Posted 3 years ago

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  • bourkebabe
    Do you fertilize these plants? If so, what is a good fertilizer for them?

    Posted 2 years ago

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  • Andrea Van De Kleut
    also, how can i propagate these plants? are they tubers or will i need to somehow collect seed?

    Posted 2 years ago

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