What Is the Best Mix For Carnivorous Plants?
By: Jessie Keith
“Do you have a mix that works with carnivorous plants like the American pitcher plant or venus fly trap?” Question from Doreen of Lander, Wyoming
Answer: North American carnivorous plants, like the Southeast American native Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula, USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8), are largely bog plants. Consequently, peat moss is one of the best growing mediums for them. Peat bogs are nutrient-poor growing environments, which is why the plants adapted to bogs gather needed nutrients from the insects that they catch and digest. I suggest growing yours in Black Gold Peat Moss Plus, which has an all-natural added wetting agent to help the peat remain wettable. Add to the peat moss a little sand at a 1:4 ratio and top it off with a little coarse, unprocessed peat moss. The combo should be perfect for your plant. Refrain from adding fertilizer!
Black Gold Horticulturist
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