more about ordering online

Carnivorous Plant Connection nursery produces retail-ready potted pitcher plants, sundews and venus flytraps for garden centers, grocery stores and special events.

Our web shop for retail mail order is Shipping details are as follows:

  • Plants ship Mondays via USPS 2-3 day.
  • Different age plants are for sale: plants in 3″ pots, 4″ pots and extra large un-potted.
  • Transplant everything to a large pot or bog garden with peat moss at your earliest convenience.
  • Your plants are guaranteed to arrive alive and in top health.   We carefully pack each order, however please understand that individual leaves may get damaged in the mail.
  • Plants will ship dormant (no leaves) November to mid-March.
  • During the growing season plants will ship with the leaves un-cut.
  • Call or Email for special requests!


Happy gardening, Josh


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Pitcher Plant Pro-Tips

You’ve planted your first pitcher plants in peat moss in a big pot.  You placed the pot outside in full sun to part shade and kept it wet.  Now you want to know how to grow them even bigger!

  1. Keep the roots cool.  Plants in a flower bed stay the coolest.  A bowl-shaped pot sitting in a shallow dish of water is second coolest.  If needed, place the pot in part shade for hottest part of the summer.
  2. Use quality water.  Rainwater is best.  Well water is second best.  Remove the chlorine from municipal water by placing it in the sun for an hour.  Hard well water should be used sparingly.  Rainwater from above rinses out harmful minerals.
  3. Monitor for pests and diseases.  Close observation and early detection is key.
  4. Try different media.  Try professional grade peat moss instead of consumer grade.  Make your own mix with  50% perlite, 50% peat by volume. Or try inert or acidic media like pine bark, pine needles, vermiculite.
  5. Keep your experiments small.  Test new chemicals or growing techniques on a few plants.  Wait a month to determine whether it was a success.
  6. Enjoy yourself.  Don’t obsess about achieving perfection.  Gardening is supposed to be fun!


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Winter Care

Whether you grow your North American carnivorous plants in pots or in your yard, winter care is easy.  When they’re in your bog garden, most North American pitcher plants will survive brief periods near zero degrees Fahrenheit .  Venus flytraps and sundews need pine needle mulch to over-winter.  If you’re growing them in a dish garden protect them if it gets below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

BOG GARDEN:   If the weather forecast is calling for sub zero temperatures (in the negatives), then put six inches of pine needles on your bog garden.  A layer of pine needles is a good idea anyway; it holds in the moisture during the summer!

Dish garden winter care is easy too:   If the forecast calls for temperatures below 20 degrees then move your pot to a protected location.  A sunny spot out of the wind is ideal if you are in zone 7 or warmer.  A garage or cool sunny windowsill works too.  If you bring it in the house just make sure your pitcher plants aren’t growing leaves in the winter; they need to rest for a few months!

If you have specific questions, check out the MINI-ARTICLES about winter care.

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Time to cut back pitcher plant leaves

a pile of trumpet pitcher leaves in the compost pile Winter is here!  One of the things I like to do in December is clean the plants up a little.  Cutting back pitcher plant leaves is optional, but it makes them look better and prevents disease.

When the leaves turn brown its a good time to do a little trimming.  Carefully cut where they attach to the rhizome.  But be careful, don’t cut the growth point off!

I usually toss the leaves in my garden or compost pile, they still have a bit of natural fertilizer from the summer.    And by fertilizer I mean bug gut fertilizer!

Happy gardening!

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New varieties available in early 2017!

Greetings gardeners! will have over 75 new varieties of pitcher plants available in early 2017!  Check out the instagram feed for a sneak peek of some of the amazing plants that will be ready.

Email me to tell me how anxious you are.  It will pass the time!

happy gardening, Josh


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more about growing venus flytraps

Venus flytraps are a little more picky than pitcher plants and sundews.  They prefer a wet-dry cycle and cool roots.  They also appreciate full sun in the winter and part shade in the heat of the summer.

The best pot for a home gardener is a large bowl-shaped pot.  Use one that is 5+ inches tall and 5+ inches wide.  The larger volume helps maintain cooler temperatures.  The bowl shape shades the sides from the sun.

When the pure peat moss they’re growing in begins to dry out, we let them sit in water briefly.  A few hours is plenty of time for the peat moss to wick up water.

In the winter and spring we give them full sun; peel your skin off and burn the eyes out of your head – full sun.  In the summer we grow them in half sun.  Because of light restraints growing venus flytraps on a windowsill or under grow lights is very challenging and not recommended.  Windowsill growing is also ill-advised because it is a temperate climate perennial that requires a dormancy.

Happy growing!

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We finally have a big boy website!  Check out .  Order online or call me at 828 490 1675.   I can take payment over the phone.  happy gardening, Josh

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drosera capensis “big pink”

I germinated seed from my Albino cape sundew and a few of the seedlings were different. They flowered 6 months from germination when the other seedlings took 8+ months. They have pink foliage and are 10 to 12 inches across, about 30% bigger than the other albino seedlings.  The original plants are in gallon pots!  Please check the “purchase” page for current availability of “big pink” .

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What is a cultivar name?

A cultivar name almost always refers to one plant and its clones.  So what is a plant clone?

The closest analogy to “plant clone” I can think of is “identical twin”.  You probably know that identical twins are genetically identical.  They look exactly the same because the instructions for how their body was built is the same.

If you make a new plant from leaf, stem, rhizome cutting ect, then the new plant is genetically identical to the original.  People call this way of making new plants “vegetative propagation”.  It makes clones!   If you ask for a plant by its cultivar name you are asking for an identical twin of the original plant.

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how to export commercial shipments of Sarracenia

In order to export multiple commercial shipments of CITES Appendix II plants (all Sarracenia and venus flytrap excluding S. jonesii, S. alabamensis, S. oreophila) into another country:

1. Apply for a nursery license from your state Dept. of Agriculture. If you plan on wild collecting any plants also apply for wild plant permit. If you’ve wild collected plants prior to receiving a wild plant permit from your state you will not be able to complete step 3.

2. When you get your nursery license ($100 in NC), send in form “PPQ621” application for protected plant permit. $70.…ppqform621.pdf

3.  Contact your state department of agriculture plant industry division.  Obtain required permits.  For instance in North Carolina, you are required to fill out form PC-3, PC-4, PC-5, and PC-6 if you grow and sell S. minor.  You may also be required to have a certificate of origin for each species of protected plant that you grow and sell.

4. When you are approved for protected plant permits from APHIS and your state department of agriculture, send in form 3-200-33 “application for export of artificially propagated plants” to US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority. $205 . Be prepared to show copies of receipts from every plant you’ve ever obtained, labeled photographs of the growing environment, and contact info for everyone you’ve ever obtained plants from. If they approve you then you are eligible to export plants for 3 years. Apply for additional “single use CAPPS” certificates ($5 each) when you wish to make a shipment.  The “single use CAPPS” is what people refer to as the CITES permit.  If you have questions you will not be able to contact US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority.  They do not answer phones or emails.  When I submitted my 3-200-33 it took them 8 months to mull it over and establish a master file.  It was riddled with large errors.  They will likely determine eligibility of each species on three levels:  Annex 1 is ship as many as you would like, Annex 2 is you are limited to shipping a pre-determined number, Annex 3 is you are not eligible to ship that species.

4. Ask your plant inspector if there are any quarantines for the country that you are shipping to.  When you are ready, request to proceed with the initial inspection process.

5.  When the inspection process is done (which may be months), you may apply for a phytosanitary certificate.  This is done electronically through .  It is a two stage process to gain access to the system.  First fill out your information, then bring your ID to the nearest USDA office to get clearance.  When you have access, the next two steps are to add the appropriate amount to your monetary balance, and to fill out the phytosanitary certificate.  It is important that you choose the correct field station in the second page of the application.  It is possible that you are to choose the nearest state station, then fill out the entire application again choosing the port location.  I used USDA/APHIS Atlanta for my port.

6.  If you’ve chosen the correct field station, your plant inspector will receive the electronic application for the phytosanitary certificate.  At this point it is likely your plants need to be bare-root with all the leaves cut off.  Your inspector will come to your nursery and give you a state phytosanitary certificate.

7.  Mail the state phytosanitary certificate and “single use CAPP”/ CITES permit to the port.  Include return envelope with postage.  At this point they hopefully have received the electronic application for a federal phytosanitary certificate and will deduct your fee from the PCIT system.

8.  The port will stamp your CAPP/ CITES permit and issue a federal phytosanitary certificate.   They will also hopefully send a copy of your CAPP/CITES permit to US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority.

9.  At this point you have received the federal phytosanitary certificate and CAPP/CITES permit from the port.  If you have chosen to use USPS for shipping they require the proper import permits from the destination country.  Scan/email or fax a copy of all of your paperwork to the destination country’s CITES regulatory agency.  They will then need to send you a copy of the required import permits.

10.  Attach a copy of your federal phytosanitary certificate, CAPP/ CITES permit, and your consignee’s import permit to the outside of the box.  Put the originals inside the box.

11. Ship it! Your post master will have you fill out CP-72 customs declaration and dispatch note and label 11-b.

Additional Notes:
*approximate cost on the export side is about $500 the first shipment, $125 each additional shipment:
$100 nursery license
$70 Aphis protected plant permit
$205 CITES master file and one CAPP
$105 federal phyto for commercial sized shipments
$20 mailing paperwork to and from the port

* expect the entire process to take over a year for first shipment, 6 months for additional shipments
* if your customer chooses to delay shipment independent of the permitting process, consider charging a monthly fee for your greenhouse space
* get in touch with your plant inspector early to have them research the destination country’s quarantines
* with a CITES master file you are only eligible to ship the plants listed in the original application and in the quantities specified by the branch of consultation and monitoring division of scientific authority, US Fish and Wildlife division of management authority
* you can’t ship other people’s plants

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