You are here:

Carnivorous Plants/Requirements List


Hi Jeff, Jacob,

I would like to know if there is any "database" with min/max temperatures, light intensity, humidity, soil mix, etc. per carnivorous plants types (Sarracenia, Nepenthes,...)?  

It would be good if growers could have a "one pager" with all essential requirements to check quickly.



Hi Jean-Paul,

Some very good websites exist on individual species and Genus, but I've never seen a single comprehensive guide such as your describing.  Part of the problem with doing this is growing conditions from place to place can be so different, even in the same geographic area.  Often what works for one person doesn't work for another.  The prime example of this is soil mixes.  Soil mixes often need to be adjusted to match how plants are being watered, and weather conditions.  This is why you see as many different mixes for Nepenthes as you do different kinds of Nepenthes.  In addition to this, individual species often need specific conditions for them.  For instance, even in the Genus Sarracenia, they generally grow the same, but certain species like slightly different conditions; some a little wetter, some a little deeper soil, etc...  My experience has been that even in general gardening, "all in one" guides such as Sunset, Hortus Botanicus, etc... can give you a general idea of what to do, but you still need to find out more about specific plants.  The general guides can give you just enough information to get you in trouble.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

Carnivorous Plants

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Sarracenia Northwest


If your carnivorous plant is showing poor growth, discoloration, abnormal leaves or possible infestation, the expert growers at Sarracenia Northwest can help! They have a great depth of experience dealing with diseases, pathogens, and abnormal growth in carnivorous plants.

Before submitting your question, please read their care guides on their main website. Many issues can be addressed by simply adjusting your growing conditions as recommended in the care guides. Click here to read the care guides.

Over 9,000 questions answered since 2005!


Jeff and Jacob are owners and growers of Sarracenia Northwest. They've been in business since 1995. Watch their professionally produced DVDs, Grow Carnivorous Plants. It is a three-volume set that covers all aspects of carnivorous plant care. They literally show you how to be a successful grower!


No terrariums. No myths. No nonsense.
Just the straight facts from guys who grow and propagate
thousands of carnivorous plants each year.

Our focus is to help help growers diagnose a specific plant problem and offer solutions. For example:
  • Why is my sundew not producing dew?
  • Is now a good time to divide my Sarracenia?
  • Why are the traps turning black?
  • What's a good substitute for perlite?
  • Why didn't my seeds germinate?
  • How do you deal with pests?
  • Can you identify this carnivorous plant for me?
We no longer answer general, how-to questions that are already posted on our website or demonstrated in our DVDs. For general plant care, please read our care guides:

For business questions:

Youtube Facebook
Follow us on Youtube and Facebook!

©2017 All rights reserved.