Terrarium Plants – Guide to setting up a carnivorous terrarium
Setting up a carnivorous plants terrarium can be a daunting task if you haven’t had carnivore plants for a very long time. With a carnivorous terrarium, plants are able to grow in a more natural environment and with proper humidity so you will see the benefits of such a terrarium in no time at all. If you follow the following steps in setting up a carnivorous terrarium, you will have plants that are both healthy and hardy.
1) Cut out a piece of cloth tarp or burlap the size of your terrarium and place it along the bottom of the tank to protect the glass or acrylic.
2) Add two to three inches of rock (avoid marble, limestone, and other alkali rocks) an top of the cloth. This will provide the reservoir for clean water and will allow the substrate to drain adequately.
3) Add a siphon along one back corner and bury it in the rocks, ending near the middle of the terrarium. Your carnivorous terrarium plants need to have the water drained routinely so they can have a fresh supply on a regular basis.
4) Add another layer of the cloth tarp on top of the rocks to prevent the soil from mixing into the reservoir layer.
5) Premix enough damp peat moss and perlite in a 70% to 30% mixture to provide 4 to 5 inches of substrate and add to the carnivorous plants’ terrarium. Pat down the substrate lightly.
6) Loosely add sphagnum moss to make a layer less than 1″ thick.
7) Transplant your the plants into your carnivorous plants’ terrarium. Ideally, they should be spaced evenly, but try to have a more natural appearance rather than just planting them all in a grid. As mentioned in the post on carnivorous plants terrariums, species that should thrive in this setup include Australian pitcher plants, sundews, marsh pitchers, and nepenthes pitcher plants.
If you have decided to delve into the fun of a carnivorous plants terrarium, you may find that you need an adequate resource book on these wonderful plants. A great book on cultivating carnivorous plants at home is The Savage Garden by Peter D’Amato.