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When I purchased my plants last week I thought I remembered being told, or maybe it was on the video, that water should not be put into the bowl the plants are in more than one-half way up the pot the plant is planted in. My questions is this. What happens in the winter (live in Vancouver, WA) when the rains come and the holding pools/pots are filled with water? Do I need to cover my plants to make sure they are not completely submersed in water?


Hello Terrie,

In the bogs these plants originally live in, there are times of low and high water. In some cases, the plants are submerged. Just make sure they do not dry out and make sure they do not freeze solid. They can tolerate a few days/weeks of submersion. Best bet is to periodically drain some of the water if they become too waterlogged.  

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Christopher Littrell


I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.


I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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