Carnivorous Plants/new plant care


I am expecting a Cape Sundew, Spatulata Sundew and a Montezuma Butterwort in the mail from you all tomorrow.  This is my first time ordering plants through the mail.  Is there anything specific I should do for the plants when they arrivev to minimize the stress or should I just place them where they will live and give them some water.  I want them to get the best care from the beginning.

Hi Pat,

In your box you'll find a sheet covering just the questions you're asking.  The big things are to get them into a water tray, then into a bright location.  Give them a couple weeks to recover since the leaves can look a little poor from the shipping.  The sundews should always have a shallow tray of water to sit in, and the butterwort should just remain damp (they don't like to be waterlogged since they are not a bog plant like the sundews).  Make sure they are in a sunny window.  More specific directions can be found here: and here:  For a very detailed, hands-on care guide consider acquiring one of our volume #2 DVD's,

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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