The Ultimate Carnivorous Plant Guide for Beginners - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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Jacob Farin, co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, will show you how to think like a professional carnivorous plant grower to keep your first carnivorous plant alive and healthy. You will learn how sunlight, water, and soil affect your plant's health so that you can avoid common mistakes. When you gain experience growing the most common carnivorous plants in cultivation, you will have the knowledge base to grow other plants with greater confidence.

If you are new to carnivorous plants or have struggled to keep them alive for more than a couple of months, this digital download is for you!

Sarracenia pitchers are browning?
Three main causes. And no, too much sun isn't one of them (page 108).

Sarracenia pitchers are flopping over?
Three main causes (page 110).

Tropical sundews not producing dew?
Seven common causes (page 140).

No pitchers on your Nepenthes?
Eight possible causes (page 153).

Flytrap died?
Read page 82!

Worried about winter care?
Six important tips to remember (page 126).

Worried that your humidity isn't high enough?
Seriously, read pages 63-66!

The Nuts and Bolts of Carnivorous Plants
• The different types of plants found in cultivation.
• How carnivorous plants capture insects.
• Deciphering the botanical naming system.

The Essentials of Plant Growth
• The real role of bugs when it comes to carnivorous plants.
• How sunlight affects your plant's health.
• How to use tap water safely.
• Appropriate soil ingredients for your plants.
• Temperature and humidity issues.

How to Grow Common Carnivorous Plants
• Venus Flytraps.
• Cold Hardy Sundews (common species).
• Sarracenia.
• Tropical Sundews (common species).
• Nepenthes (common species).
• Troubleshooting of common plant problems.
• How to protect your cold hardy plants from the two biggest threats during winter.
• What to use artificial lights properly to get optimal growth.

How to Treat Common Plant Pests
• How to identify problems with aphids, thrips, and other pests.
• A pesticide to use that is safe on carnivorous plants .
• Dealing with slugs, mosquitoes, and four-legged pests.

The digital download does NOT cover propagation or all types of carnivorous plants. It was written specifically for first-time growers to help them keep their first carnivorous plant alive and healthy. The plants covered in the ebook are easily obtainable, relatively inexpensive, and forgiving of mistakes, which makes them suitable for first-time growers.

The digital dowload contains over 35,000 words and 170 embedded photographs. The file size is 18 MB (PDF) and is viewable on all computers, tablets, and smart phones. 

Released April 2018.

Written by co-owner Jacob Farin.


  • 5

    Posted by Nazar Davletaliev on May 31, 2024

    Very detailed and comprehensive guidebook. Wealth of information. Easy to understand and follow instructions. Thank you for your hard work in assembling it together.

  • 5
    Excellent Information

    Posted by Tara Rose Palumbo on May 17, 2024

    I am a newbie to carnivorous plants. I'm tired of chemicals and fungus insert sticky inserts, so I figured this would be a safer alternative at home. All of the plants I bought are thriving, and it's because of this guide. Thank you!!

  • 4
    Venus Fly Trap, Potting Soil

    Posted by James Schumacher on May 9, 2024

    Gave rating of four because I have no base line from which to evaluate. The plant is arrived carefully shipped and packaged. It appears to be thriving due in part to your informative videos and literature. More than satisfied by the purchase. Currently very happy but I will re-evaluate MY learning curve after the dormant period. Thanks for Everything You do.

  • 4
    Beginner's Guide

    Posted by Patti Barcus on February 10, 2024

    Easy to read. Covered the basics. Perfect for us beginners. And I live always having it with me to refer back to.

  • 5
    Ultimate CP GUIDE and business in general

    Posted by Erich Wendel on December 14, 2023

    I cannot say enough about this book or anything else that I have purchased from Sarracenia Northwest! I read the Guide in a day and a half, not only was it choke full of great information it was written in a fashion that a novice could understand. Also, ALL of the plants that I have purchased have been top quaility and packaged with great care. As I write this review I’m waiting for a delivery, due today, of two Drosera capensis. Keep up the GREAT work, it’s a pleasure doing business with you!!!

  • 5
    So helpful!

    Posted by Kimberly on September 14, 2023

    I read this on my kindle while I waited for my plants to arrive and it was very helpful and easy to read and understand. I felt like a was ready to take excellent care of my plants when they arrived!

  • 3

    Posted by Lakeba on August 24, 2023

    wish it was in a hardcover or softcover book

  • 5

    Posted by Terry Perski on August 13, 2023

    Here in Northern Michigan I needed to over winter my Plants with this book i'm going to cold frame all 35 of them . Thank you for this Book !!!!!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Virginia Benedict on August 2, 2023

    This is an outstanding comprehensive guide to carnivorous plant care. It is sent electronically along with your order confirmstion.

  • 5
    Product satisfaction

    Posted by Donald Allen on July 11, 2023

    Everything I’ve gotten from Sarracenia Northwest has been first rate. The digital guide is a wealth of information. I like it because it covers not just the how but the why plant care. All the plants I’ve received have been 1st rate and nobody I’ve found so far does a better job of packaging plants for shipment. The other thing I really like is that when you post a question, you get an answer. This hasn’t been my experience with other nurseries.

  • 5
    Love this little care guide.

    Posted by L on July 10, 2023

    It explains the nuances of caring for different carnivorous plants. It's especially great for the beginner. Loved reading this guide and still reference back to the booklet every now and then.

  • 5

    Posted by Tengfang Wu on April 23, 2023

    Every plant is perfect