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 ebook 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 ebook 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 ebook 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
    Great info!

    Posted by Megan Reuther on September 23, 2021

    I did everything wrong for my poor little flytrap. It's so much happier & is thriving now thanks to this book!

  • 5
    Beginners plant guide

    Posted by Rich on September 21, 2021

    A lot of information for a very little price a must have for beginners

  • 5
    Beginners Guide

    Posted by Kathie Adams on August 31, 2021

    Gave good basic information about growing carnivorous plants

  • 5
    Ebook-Ultimate Guide

    Posted by Linda Crouch on August 7, 2021

    Very good, easy to read and informative book, chocked full of great information.... and very nice pictures too.

  • 4
    Great for Beginners

    Posted by Derek Moore on July 24, 2021

    This is a good informative book, lots of great information for beginners or as reference for those more experienced. Would be nice if they had a more in depth book as well, but this one works to start out or figure out if carnivorous plants are right for you.

  • 5
    Digital download

    Posted by Eric on June 7, 2021

    Very informative of the basics and pretty entertaining to read. If your new to plants like me it’s worth getting. I am still referencing back to it now and then.

  • 5
    Great guide!

    Posted by Kimber on June 2, 2021

    Great beginners guide for carnivorous plants. Helped me start my bog garden with confidence!

  • 5
    The Ultimate Carnivorous Plant Guide for Beginners - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Posted by Chris Visser on May 25, 2021

    An absolutely fantastic and helpful book. Only thing I had to do was take into account I'm in Australia for the seasonal changes and variations in the weather. Clear to follow. Well laid out and all around 5 stars!