Monty Don potting up a carnivorous sarracenia plant

How to repot a carnivorous plant

Find out how to repot carnivorous plants, such as venus fly traps and sarracenias, in this step-by-step guide.

Carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants (Sarracenia) and venus fly traps (Dionaea) need repotting to provide extra room for the roots to grow and to provide extra nutrients to support plant growth.

Generally, carnivorous plants grow best in an open, ericaceous compost. A potting mix of coarse sand or perlite, with fine pine bark compost works well – as does substituting the pine bark for bracken compost, which you can buy or make.

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