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If your carnivorous plant is showing poor growth, discoloration, abnormal leaves or possible infestation, the expert growers at Sarracenia Northwest can help! They have a great depth of experience dealing with diseases, pathogens, and abnormal growth in carnivorous plants.

Before submitting your question, please read their care guides on their main website. Many issues can be addressed by simply adjusting your growing conditions as recommended in the care guides. Click here to read the care guides.

Over 9,000 questions answered since 2005!

Experience in the area

Jeff and Jacob are owners and growers of Sarracenia Northwest. They've been in business since 1995. Watch their professionally produced DVDs, Grow Carnivorous Plants. It is a three-volume set that covers all aspects of carnivorous plant care. They literally show you how to be a successful grower!


No terrariums. No myths. No nonsense.
Just the straight facts from guys who grow and propagate
thousands of carnivorous plants each year.

Our focus is to help help growers diagnose a specific plant problem and offer solutions. For example:
  • Why is my sundew not producing dew?
  • Is now a good time to divide my Sarracenia?
  • Why are the traps turning black?
  • What's a good substitute for perlite?
  • Why didn't my seeds germinate?
  • How do you deal with pests?
  • Can you identify this carnivorous plant for me?
We no longer answer general, how-to questions that are already posted on our website or demonstrated in our DVDs. For general plant care, please read our care guides:

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Recent Answers from Sarracenia Northwest

2017-03-25 Care for Drosera spiralis:

Hi Raymond,    The place to start with a plant like D. spiralis is to say that growing the highland Brazilian species is often a different ballgame than plants like D. capensis or D. spatulata.  They tend

2017-03-25 Pitcher plant:

Hi Joshua,    This looks like a form of Nepenthes alata.  Here's our cares heet for tropical pitcher plants:  We also have extensive, hands-on

2017-03-25 D. Capensis "red":

Hi John,    This is not at all unusual.  Red capensis are often just a little more finicky than their other counterparts.  Also the leaf overall looks super healthy with all that dew, so it could be just

2017-03-22 Decapitated Nepenthes:

Hi Gregory,    All you can do now is keep the plant in a bright location, give it time, and see what it does.  If there's a dormant node where the cut was made there's a good chance it will sprout a new

2017-03-16 Drosera spatulata:

Hi Skye,    The plant that doesn't look so good appears to have either a dead plantlet, or just a build-up of dead leaves that are interfering with growth some.      These Drosera spatulata are grown from


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