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: 91,574

Product description

For fifteen years, "The Savage Garden" has been the number one bestselling bible for those interested in growing carnivorous plants. This new edition is fully revised to include the latest developments and discoveries in the carnivorous plant world, making it the most accurate and up to date book of its kind. You may be familiar with the Venus flytrap, but did you know that some pitcher plants can--and do--digest an entire rat? Or that there are several hundred species of carnivorous plants on our planet? Beautiful, unusual, and surprisingly easy to grow, flesh-eating plants thrive everywhere from windowsills to outdoor container gardens, in a wide variety of climates. The Savage Garden is the most comprehensive guide to these fascinating oddities, gloriously illustrated with more than 200 color photos. Fully revised with the latest developments in the carnivorous plant world, this new edition includes: - All the basics--from watering and feeding to modern advances in artificial lighting, soil, and fertilizers. - Detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, including many of the incredible new species that have been recently discovered and hybridized. - Cultivation and propagation information for all the plant families: pitcher plants, Venus flytraps, sundews, rainbow plants, bladderworts, and many other peculiar plants from the demented mind of Mother Nature. Whether you're a beginner with your first flytrap or an expert looking for the latest exotic specimen, this classic book has everything you need to grow your very own little garden of horrors.

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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