Need a costume for Halloween? Why not go as an indoor plant enthusiast with a special penchant for carnivorous plants? Yep, you’re welcome. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s help you get more info about carnivorous plants so your costume is as real as possible. Carnivorous plants are the ultimate Halloween plants – they’ve got sharp teeth, feed off living things, and look like they came straight out of a Tim Burton movie. They’re a fun addition to any plant owner’s collection, and look cool well after Halloween is over and the trick-or-treaters have stopped taking too much candy from the bowl you left out with the sign that said ‘one each please’ (they never listen!). Read on for a few of our fave plant carnivores and how to take care of them.
Our Fave Carnivorous Plants
Now for a list of our favorite carnivorous plants, and maybe even your plant enthusiast persona’s favorite plants too. Here they are in classic high school superlative fashion:
Most popular: Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
Probably the most well-known of the carnivorous plant crew, Venus flytraps look like little monster mouths just waiting to snap up some grub. Things they like: 1-2 insects a week if they’re not eating naturally on their own. They’re mouths are definitely bigger than their eyes, so make sure their meals are only be 1/3 the size of the traps themselves. These guys only grow new monster mouths if they feed regularly.
Most likely to succeed: Sundews (drosera capensis)
As far as carnivorous plant care goes, Sundews are the easiest plants to start with for beginners. As their name implies, they like a sunny windowsill and lots of water. These plants have great hair: their leaves have sticky hairs that make them look dewy. If you get yourself a Sundew, just make sure you don’t feed more than two of the leaves per week.
Most Likely to Brighten Up Your Day: Pitcher plants (Sarracenia)
Pitcher plants come in a variety of shapes and colors but the best for indoor care is the Purple Pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). These plants particularly crave bright light, so if you want them to brighten up your day, make sure you brighten up theirs too.
Most Unique: Butterworts (pinguicula)
No Butterworts aren’t a curse a witch cast on someone, they’re cute, unassuming, small carnivorous plants. Don’t underestimate them though, they pack a punch. They’re covered in sticky resin that is deadly to insects. This plant is unique from the rest on our list in that it doesn’t like to stay moist, and definitely needs good draining soil. Make sure to reduce its water intake in the winter months and keep it in indirect bright light.
Carnivorous Plant Care
To make sure you carnivorous plants survive past Halloween, make sure you follow the easy tips below. And to make sure your cats also keep thriving, make sure to keep any carnivorous plants well away from them!
- Carnivorous plants naturally live in boggy, humid places, so its important to try to recreate that habitat for them at home. For a sweet humidity hack, keep a pot in a saucer of water so that the roots stay moist and the humidity stays high
- Put your little boo thangs close to a south-facing window if possible. In the winter months, your carnivore will want to go dormant so move it to an area with less light so it can do its whole off-duty vampire thing until the spring.
- Unless you’ve permanently gone full Beetle Juice and plan to just have creepy crawlies all up in your house, you’ll have to feed your plant yourself. Think of this as the first step toward parenthood! Luckily its just a small step, since as mentioned above you don’t need to feed these guys when they’re dormant in the winter. Which means more bugs for you woo!
- Feed your plant(s) once a week and make sure not to over feed them because in life, moderation is everything, even when it comes to spiders and meal worms.
- As the owner of a carnivorous plant, you’re hopefully cool with bugs, because um that’s what makes them carnivores. Live spiders are big faves for these plants, but there are several other bugs you can give them to supplement the spideys. And yes you lucky reader, it’s officially now time for you to enjoy clicking through these links of creepy crawleys that your plant monsters will love:
Is there any better way to spend Halloween than finding bug food for your hungry new plants? Happy Halloween y’all!