Recommended Products

If you are new at growing carnivorous plants or are looking to improve your current setup, these elements can make a huge difference.

In this article, I share some products I use to grow my carnivorous plants. I hope you find this list to be useful!

Recommended Products to Grow Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plant Soil

Carnivorous plants need special soil to live. Here are some good examples of the required soil or their components, such as pure peat moss and perlite.

  • Carnivorous plant soil:
  • Pure peat moss for carnivorous plants: (you might find a cheaper option on local gardening stores, make sure you buy PURE perlite)
  • Pure perlite:

Artificial Lighting

You can use fluorescent or LED lights. Both types of grow lights are inexpensive and practical options. When choosing fluorescent bulbs, pick cool colors that promote growth.

I use this LED plant light for some of the Venus flytraps I own and my plants are thriving. The plant light has the appropriate lumen level and color spectrum. Also, it comes with a built-in timer to turn on/off automatically.

For multiple plants, you can employ these light fixtures: T8 LED light strips (6500k Cool White):

T8 LED Fixtures

The T8 light fixtures do not come with timer functions; you will need an intelligent outlet like this:

Plant shelf for indoor growing:

Pots and Growing Containers

The best potting containers for carnivorous plants have proper drainage and are made up of plastic, glazed ceramic, or Styrofoam. Venus flytraps prefer individual containers with a depth of at least 6 inches.

Nursery pots for single plants:

Net pot

Net pots for single plants:

Pots for large plants like, for example, Nepenthes:

Useful Products for Watering

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) meters are very useful to measure the water composition in your area. TDS meters measure the amount of minerals in the water. Those minerals can be very harmful for carnivorous plants.

Buy a TDS meter by following this link to Amazon.

ZeroWater water filters work well for carnivorous plants. It is the only water filter (that I am aware of 🙂 that filters dissolved solids. With ZeroWater, you can reduce the part per million (ppm) from tap water to bottled water to ZERO.


My name is Nelly, and I am the owner of Venus Flytrap World. Growing carnivorous plants is a unique and rewarding experience. A few years ago, I started growing Venus flytraps and experimenting with other carnivorous plant species. I have done tons of research to perfect my setup and care practices. In this site, I share everything I have learned.

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