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 Tengfang Wu on April 23, 2023

    Every plant is perfect

  • 5
    Great Delivery and support

    Posted by Lori on April 9, 2023

    Thank you. Plants arrived in great condition. Your videos are a wealth of information. Wonderful company.

  • 5
    The Digital Guide

    Posted by Apryl Dunlap on April 7, 2023

    I have turned to this lil guide on the daily when I first started my journey a year ago. I still use it whenever I order new species. It came in handy to calm my nerves this winter.

  • 5
    I’m a beginner with carnivorous plants, and this download perfect for anyone starting out with these plants.

    Posted by Vickie Neuman on March 12, 2023

    I got started with carnivorous plants when I felt sorry for a poor little flytrap at Walmart, and brought it home. The download has really helped me out.

  • 5

    Posted by Scott Penchinar on February 4, 2023

    Fantastic book for beginners

  • 5
    Carnivorous plant guide

    Posted by Gayle Hartman on January 29, 2023

    Being new to carnivorous plants, I have learned a lot about growing them. It is nice to have so much information in one place.

  • 5
    The Ultimate Carnivorous Plant Guide for Beginners

    Posted by LB on January 27, 2023

    Excellent info!

  • 5
    Ebook review

    Posted by James on January 26, 2023

    Extremely informative, even for a veteran grower. There's always things one can learn and even make growing carnivorous plants easier and more enjoyable.

  • 4
    Great beginers book

    Posted by Robert Scott on January 25, 2023

    I'm just starting to try growing Carnivorous plants and this book informed me about many things I needed to learn.

  • 5
    Excellent read

    Posted by Ka on January 25, 2023

    Worth buying if you are starting getting into this hobby and yet still quite informative if you have been growing carnivorous plants for years

  • 5

    Posted by Stewart on January 25, 2023

    Very informative. Good basic information for the beginner. I'm learning a lot.

  • 5
    Ultimate carnivorous plant guide

    Posted by Chris on January 24, 2023

    Interesting read, tons of tricks and tips to help us along our carnivorous plant journey