Carnivorous Plants/Insecticide



I saw your youtube video regarding insecticides and was wondering what manufacturer you use for imidacloprid, and where I could find it? A fellow-forum member on is looking for something to use on her pinguicula. She is having trouble finding the product in the US.

Tim (Starchy)

ANSWER: Hi Starchy,

Bayer makes most of the imidacloprid products, but a few other manufacturers make them too.  Home Depot and Lowes always have their products unless a specific state law forbids it.  Oregon has some prohibitions on certain fertilizer products that can be found in other states.  Here's an example:

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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QUESTION: I found a Bayer product that is 3 in 1 insecticide, miticide, fungicide here:

Just wondering your thoughts on if this is safe for a CP. You already said in your video that Imidacloprid and Tebuconazole are safe. So, I guess I am just asking about the Tau-luvalinate in it (at 0.61%).

Tim (Starchy)

Hi Starchy,

These are the same product, and the Bayer 3 in 1 is what we were using in the video.  The only difference is that what you have on your website is hose-end concentrate.  You don't really want to use that type of applicator.  You want premixed spray bottles (RTU) like the example I showed from Home Depot.

We have found this product very safe on carnivorous plants.  Always use some caution on sensitive plants like butterworts.  Try to spray just the crown of the plant.  Be sure to follow label directions.  The only issue I've had surface lately is that I've found Brown Soft Scale is not affected by this product or any other imidacloprid product.  So if that's the pest, you'll need to turn to a different approach.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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