5 Secrets to Planting Carnivorous Seeds


Whether you just bought your first carnivorous plants or you’ve been growing them for years, you may come to the point where you want to start growing some from seeds.  There are some secret tips that will make growing your carnivorous seeds so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it earlier!  When you are properly prepared, know the  necessary planting conditions, have the secrets to caring for seedlings, and have the patience to wait for seed germination, you’ll be able to grow a variety of carnivorous plants without a fuss.  The purpose of this article is to share the secrets to successfully growing carnivorous seeds.

If you are sowing carnivorous seeds, you should start with a knowledge of the proper environmental factors necessary for the best results.  The seeds will have the best chance at germination if they have a relative humidity of 60 to 100%.  A cheap hygrometer from your local nursery will allow you to accurately measure the humidity.  The best containers to plant your seeds in are clear containers that can be easily cleaned.  Another option is to use plastic planters and place them in a terrarium.  If you keep the temperature between 20 and 35 Celsius, and keep your containers or terrarium covered with a plastic sheet you can easily maintain the desired humidity for growing your carnivorous seeds.  Once you keep these basic factors in mind, you can move on to the fun step – planting the seeds.

Planting carnivorous seeds and caring for them until germination can be an easy task.  The substrate medium should be either (1) pure peat moss mixed with a small amount of silica sand, or (2) silica sand and peat moss in a 1:1 ratio.  The substrate should be kept loose in the container or terrarium.  Sow your seeds by lightly sprinkling them evenly over the surface of the carnivorous plant “soil”.  You do not need to press them into the substrate or even cover them at all.  The seeds require approximately 16 hours of light per day.  The best artificial light are fluorescent grow lights suspended 8″ above top of the containers or terrarium.  Spray the seeds, or water from below, as necessary with distilled water to maintain the humidity between 60% and 100% and then all you have to do is wait.

Here comes the most frustrating step of growing carnivorous plants from seed – patience!  Many carnivorous seeds will sprout after several weeks of proper care.  Some species require several years though, so proper research is important if you’re prone to impatience.  To help speed up the process, you may try a pre-treatment with gibberellic acid.  Once your seeds do sprout, they should not require any special care not already mentioned here.  They can survive for up to nine months without needing transplantation if the seeds were evenly sown.  As your young carnivorous plant seedlings are developing, the humidity can be dropped to 70% and they will mature at a healthy rate.

Growing carnivorous seeds can be a fun way to enhance your enjoyment from plants such as venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews, and cobra lilies.  All you need to be successful with planting these seeds is knowledge about the best containers, temperatures, amount of light, planting medium, and necessary humidity. Many carnivorous seeds are easy to grow and should sprout in 3 to 4 weeks, after which they require little specialized treatment to help them get to mature sizes.  Remember – some carnivore plants (such as all Saracennia, Darlingtonia californica, and many drosera species) require a period in cold or hot environments before they can sprout.  Now that you know the secrets to growing carnivorous plants from seed, you can enjoy doing so for years to come.


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