The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants


By (author) Peter D'Amato

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  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 26mm | 880g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1607744104
  • ISBN 13: 9781607744108
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: 200+ Colour Photos
  • Sales rank: 77,606

Product description

Carnivorous plants are surprisingly easy to grow and range from the well-known Venus Flytrap to pitcher plants that can digest an entire rat. Peter D'Amato explains the ins and outs of choosing and cultivating these fascinating species.

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Author information

PETER D'AMATO has been growing carnivorous plants for nearly forty years and his nursery, California Carnivores (, houses the world's largest collection of carnivorous plants. D'Amato is cofounder of the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society and he lectures on the subject nationwide.

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: What Are Carnivorous Plants? Part One The Basics of Cultivation Soils * Water * The Water Tray Method * Pottery and  Containers * Natural Light * Dormancy * Artificial  Light * Feeding Your Plants * Fertilizing Carnivores * Carnivorous Plants as Pest Controllers * Pests and Diseases    Part Two Where to Grow Carnivorous Plants Growing Carnivorous Plants Outdoors *  Bog Gardens * Windowsill Growing     Terrariums and Tanks * Greenhouses    Part Three The Plants AND HOW TO GROW THEM The Venus Flytrap    The American Pitcher Plants          The Cobra Plant        The Sun Pitchers      The Sundews The West Australian Pitcher Plant The Dewy Pine The Rainbow Plants The Butterworts The Bladderworts The Tropical Pitcher Plants Other Savage Plants from the Demented Mind of Mother Nature        Appendices Acknowledgments About the Author Photography and Illustration Credits Index