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 Christopher on January 24, 2023

    It is a lovely little plant who is very comfortable in its dormancy with my other pitchers, and cannot wait for the weather to break and get growing!

  • 5
    The Ultimate Carnivorous plant guide

    Posted by Rema Roll on December 29, 2022

    This is the best and most informative guide for my Venus flytraps. Photos are very helpful and help ease the pain as I transition my Venus flytraps living in my kitchen to outdoor plants where they belong. I am super excited to make a big garden in the spring.

  • 5
    carnivorous plants

    Posted by w savage on November 12, 2022

    brilliant e book

  • 5
    Carnivorous plants for beginners

    Posted by Simon Nadin on September 26, 2022

    This E-book is excellent, and well worth the low price. Buy it!!! Jeff's online "Ask the growers" service is also excellent.

  • 4
    Great book!

    Posted by Chuck Monsanto on August 14, 2022

    It’s already helped me with my new hobby, increased my confidence and provided me with valuable information. Great resource for any new owner of CPs!

  • 5
    Suggestions for novice

    Posted by Tom Standaert on August 9, 2022

    I appreciated the advice to use soft water, keep’s wet, plenty of sun and fed only insects. The growth in the last month is a pleasure to watch. When do the flowers appear? I can hardly wait! Thanks

  • 5
    Ultimate carnivorous plant guide for beginners

    Posted by Unknown on July 21, 2022

    Very informative and helpful also easy to understand

  • 5
    My pitcher plant is nice and healthy. I love your plants they get here nicely wrapped and very healthy.

    Posted by Rosalinda Retana on June 29, 2022

    Best carnivorous plants I have bought.

  • 5
    Digital guide

    Posted by Lynne on February 13, 2022

    Concise, easy to find topics you’re looking for and covers all the “must do’s” as well as the “nice to know” bits. Takes all the intimidating aspects of growing carnies right on outta there.

  • 5
    Funny and informative

    Posted by Zo on February 11, 2022

    I haven’t made it all the way through this e book yet but I have learned so much already (and have had quite a few laughs). Very helpful, full of information and is presented in a way that doesn’t make carnivorous care seem scary.

  • 5
    the Ultimate Guide

    Posted by Dorothy England on January 29, 2022

    Really enjoyed reading the guide and handy to dip into for help. Enjoy the newsletter just sorry I cannot order Plants

  • 5
    Carnivorous Plant Guide

    Posted by Cary on January 27, 2022

    Best guide I have read on Carnivorous plants. They give you the straight facts on how to care for your plants.