The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: How do I take care of my sick plant?

Dionaea
Nice trap!
A: About twice a week I am asked about a sick plant. Symptoms I hear about are the following:

Plaintive, panicky e-mails call out for help on my screen:
"What do I do?"
"Help me, Obi-Wan, you're my only hope."

Sadly, there is no special revivification treatment for your precious carnivore. The best treatment for a sick plant is the same treatment for any Venus flytrap---give it the best growing conditions you can. If I were given a sick plant I wouldn't do anything special to it. I would make sure it were in the right soil medium, then grow it side by side with my other plants. If it lives, it lives.

Grow your plants well, whether they are healthy or sick. If your plants die, as they sometimes will, try again. But learn from your mistakes.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005