Large carnivorous plants

Large carnivorous plants

In the wild, carnivorous plants grow larger

Carnivorous plants that can grow particularly large when grown in a favorable location include:

  • “Heliamphora tatei” - swamp jug
  • “Nepenthes” - pitcher plants
  • “Sarracenia flava” - pitcher plant
  • “Drosera regia” - sundew

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The swamp jug, which is at home in the rainforest, can reach four meters. Pitcher plants are creepers that grow up to ten meters high around the trees. They sometimes form jugs with a capacity of three liters.

The pitcher plant can be up to one meter high. The largest sundew species remains low, but produces leaves that are up to 40 centimeters long.

Large carnivorous plants for indoor growing

As a rule, carnivores do not grow that tall indoors. You need a location that is very bright and warm. In addition, the humidity must be at least 50 percent. In our latitudes, this can only be achieved in terrariums, under glass or in special plant locations.

The most suitable large carnivorous plant for indoor growing is the pitcher plant. A prerequisite for strong growth is that it has enough space to spread out and that the location is ideal. Then, with a bit of luck, she will develop pitchers up to 15 centimeters high.

Maintain pitcher plants (Nepenthes) properly

In order for a pitcher plant to develop the largest possible pitcher, various conditions must be met:

  • bright location
  • Temperatures not just 25 degrees
  • Humidity over 60 percent
  • do not fertilize
  • do not feed if possible
  • repot in spring
  • keep it a little cooler in winter

To increase the humidity, bowls with water can be set up. Regular spraying with water will also help.

Like all carnivorous plants, pitcher plants must never be watered with hard water.


Even if the safety gears of some carnivorous plants can get impressively large, the gardener needn't be afraid. Carnivores in the house only target small prey such as insects.