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
    The Ultimate Guide

    Posted by Jose A De Leon on January 24, 2021

    Great information and so far so good. My Venus Fly Traps seem to be dormant but doing well. They are still nice and green but small. Even though I live in the tropics, maybe the plants have some kind of internal clock and will bloom maybe in March or April. All well so far.

  • 5
    Great book

    Posted by Amy on December 31, 2020

    Well, I’ve never had a venus fly trap before, so I bought this book, and lo and behold, my plant is still alive! Well worth it to give me the best shot at growing this thing successfully and not feeling like wasted money on a plant that wasn’t going to make it very long.

  • 5
    Great book

    Posted by Unknown on December 30, 2020

    All the info I need to care for my plants

  • 4
    So far so good.

    Posted by Gary R Crawford on December 30, 2020

    Excellent info

  • 4
    Carnivorous Plant Guide

    Posted by Anna Jones on December 26, 2020

    I found the book to be very interesting especially for beginners. It gave me confidence that I can grow these unique plants. Covered the basics and didn't get too technical.

  • 5
    Ultimate Carnivorous Plant Guide

    Posted by Brett Jacoby on December 3, 2020

    Very informative. First book I read when getting Carnivorous plants. Everything you need to know for Beginning your journey into this very addictive hobbie

  • 5
    Useful and information packed

    Posted by Paul Robinson on September 23, 2020

    An easy to read book full of helpful details, even if we do pronounce our Latin slightly differently. The occasional humour keeps it light reading. Most persuasive - I planted my first Sarracenia yesterday!

  • 5
    Venus Flytrap

    Posted by Steve Rhea on September 12, 2020

    Great plant, packaged very well