Growing Carnivorous Plants, Hardback

Growing Carnivorous Plants Hardback

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For centuries, carnivorous plants have carried an air of fascination and mystique unparalleled in the plant world. "Growing Carnivorous Plants" is a comprehensive guide to identifying and cultivating these remarkable plants.

From the well-known Venus flytrap to obscure African sundews, from the giant pitcher plant vines of Borneo the microscopic bladderworts of Florida, more than 200 species, hybrids and cultivars from all genera of carnivorous plants are described.

Included are explanations of the fascinating and diverse mechanisms the plants use to trap their victims.

Imitating a plant's natural environment is the key to success in growing carnivorous plants, and this book will help readers select the best plants to grow on a windowsill, in a terrarium or greenhouse.

Information on how to feed carnivorous plants will enable even the most squeamish grower to ensure that plants receive the nutrients they require.

The book's 400 photographs include both spectacular images from the wild and lovely plants in cultivation.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 324 color photos, 4 illus., 5 line drawings
  • Publisher: Timber Press
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  • Category: Gardening: plants
  • ISBN: 9780881928075



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According to my son, this book contains the best information he has seen (of course, he's only 9). It has information on every genus and many species, their growing conditions, and cultivation information. The photos are amazing and beautiful. A must-read for anyone who is interested in insect-eating plants!

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Great photos, and an enormous amount of in-depth information about carnivorous plants: where they are found, how to grow them, and cutting-edge information like how to grow plants using tissue cultures. Rice also discusses conservation in detail; an important topic for these plants which grow in particularly threatened habitats.I will say I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Savage Garden, but it's hard for me to pinpoint why. Perhaps because it is slightly more academic in its approach, or slightly less oriented toward the layperson grower. It didn't excite me quite as much about growing CPs. But I feel faintly guilty about this as it is such a complete and accessible book.