Lighting for Carnivorous Plants

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Meat-eating plants need light just like regular plants, learn how to care for carnivorous plants like the Venus Fly Trap in this free video.

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In this video segment I’m going to talk to you about light for your carnivorous plants. If you want to know more about these plants you can reach us at the best lights for your carnivorous plants obviously is natural light and most carnivorous plants have different lighting requirements, like the Nepenthes for example don’t like direct sunlight, they like some sort of shade for part of the day. Most of your North American carnivorous plants like a lot of direct sunlight, some of them like even upwards of 15 or more hours of direct sunlight, very-very hot sunlight. If you can’t provide those lighting conditions, you can buy an artificial light, you need to make sure that it’s a full spectrum fluorescent light. You can place the plant underneath your light and this light is an automatic light and it has a timer on it which is very convenient. You want to make sure that the light is about 6 inches from your plant, the closer the better. So you want to make sure not to use incandescent light or any type of light that has heat to it, this will kill your plant in a matter of days. Some species of carnivorous plants like the East-North American Pitcher Plants can’t grow under artificial light. Their lighting requirements need such high intensity light that they must be grown outside or in direct sunlight for 14 or 15 hours a day. Their natural growing light is so intense in the southern United States that no artificial light can replicate that.


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