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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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How to Care for Carnivorous Plants Indoors

• 64 min

We’ve likely all had some sort of run-in with a carnivorous plant: maybe bringing one of those little venus flytraps at the hardware store home to realize you had no idea how to care for it, maybe marveling at the wide array of carnivorous plants at your local botanical garden, and maybe even getting to see a fly land on one, or maybe it’s just knowing the man-eating plant Audrey II in the musical Little Shop of Horrors. However you’ve engaged with carnivorous plants, you’ve likely figured out that they are really a whole subsect of plants of their own, require very specific care, and might get you if you don't care for them correctly. Lucky for us, we are joined by carnivorous plant expert Damon from California Carnivores for an incredibly informative episode about everything we need to know about these mysterious, hungry plants! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection. Click here to join us! Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[01:02] Introducing Damon[03:22] Damon’s history with carnivorous plants[08:24] What are carnivorous plants? What characteristics make up a carnivorous plant?[14:25] Where to find carnivorous plants in the wild[16:14] Why conservation of carnivorous plants is a must[18:50] How long have carnivorous plants been around?[20:09] Damon shares what he thinks of Little Shop of Horrors musical[22:19] The right kind of water for carnivorous plants (and how to identify them in a store!)[28:08] The best carnivorous plants to grow indoors (Venus flytrap, pitcher plants, butterworts)[31:36] Are you planning your garden already?[33:32] Level up your plant education with a horticulturist![35:43] What is the best growing media for carnivorous plants?[38:22] Why you shouldn’t use terracotta pots for your carnivorous plants[40:16] How to use grow lights on carnivorous plants[42:13] Should you fertilize carnivorous plants?[43:06] How to feed your Venus flytrap and Cape sundews[46:53] Fertilizing your pitcher plants[49:35] How much humidity do carnivorous plants need?[50:48] How to make your Venus flytrap go dormant[52:11] Can you fertilize your carnivorous plants even if they’re catching bugs?[52:58] Troubleshooting carnivorous plants soil mix[53:39] Taking care of your Mexican butterworts[55:29] Damon’s recommended beginner carnivorous plants[57:26] Should you still buy Venus flytraps even when they’re not sustainably sourced?[59:53] Where to buy carnivorous plants and access educational resources[01:02:00] Just a note about peat moss[01:02:42] Maria’s winter updates Mentioned in our conversation:The Savage GardenWetlands Reclamation ActMaxsea All-Purpose Nutrient FertilizerCalifornia Carnivores YouTube video: Winter Dormancy for Temperate Plants in Cold Climates Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyExcited for this year's growing season? Territorial Seed Co recently launched their Kitchen Counter collection, a selection of vegetables specifically bred to grow and produce in small spaces and lower light—perfect for indoor cultivation. From Artichoke through Zucchini, they have everything you need to grow your best garden ever! And with over 40 years of experience, you know they have seeds and plants you can trust. They are offering an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off your first order. Order now at Bloom and Grow Garden SocietyThe Bloom and Grown Garden Societ

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