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Edmond Scientifics has a deal on Audrey II meat eating plants – “This deluxe Carnivorous Creations kit has seeds from over 10 varieties of carnivorous plants, including the Cobra Plant, Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plant, Trumpet Plant and more. You’ll make your own authentic bog with the included peat planting mix, blue Swamp Rocks, three Bog Buddies and colorful decals! This rare and unusual collection of plants will flourish for years in the specially designed terrarium with proper care and stratification.” Link. Feed them Seymore.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. ethereal_p.r. says:

    While I am a longtime fan of Edmund Scientific, I have to warn folks that carnivorous plants can be a real pain to grow from seed. Many don’t really resemble their flashy, creepy selves until they are at least 2-3 years old. Different varieties need different light levels, soil types, and watering. Be smart and buy mature plants from a grower who doesn’t steal these endangered critters from the wild. Check out the books Savage Garden, by Peter D’Amato; and Carnivorous Plants, by Adrian Slack, for great information. You can also find tips and reputable dealers through http://www.carnivorousplants.org , the website of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. Don’t waste time and money on this kit.

  2. rkoshak says:

    Growing carnivorous plants is one of my major hobbies. For anyone who buys these kits, be aware that carnivorous plants are not your usual house plants; they have unique needs. Make sure to read the Carnivorous Plant FAQ and the International Carnivorous Plant Society Germination Guide for best results. The instructions that come with these types of kits are usaully wrong. TerraForums is also a good source for CP growing and care.

    Also, members of the International Carnivorous Plant Society ($25 a year) have access to their seed bank where you can obtain seed packets at $1 per packet with a few other stipulations (one of each variety a month, no more then 40 packets in a year period, can’t resell the seeds or the plants). The advantage of the ICPS is that you know the seeds have not been wild collected or poached, and the seeds are almost always correctly labled.

    Finally, most of the plants that it comes with will very quickly outgrow that small terrarium it comes with, and most of them will probably grow better outside then inside in most places in the US.

  3. Spoonman says:

    I have to concur with the first two posts. I purchased one of these kits last year for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day (how can you not love a gal who can appreciate a flower-replacement like that!?). The instructions point out numerous times that these plants are very difficult to grow, and they weren’t kidding. Despite all of our best efforts, we have the nifty little terrarium sitting on the front porch devoid of plant life. I am going to check out those links posted by others, though!

  4. jbum says:

    If you look closely at the image, you’ll see it is photoshopped. The plants are in front of the dome.

  5. Alterego says:

    Savage Garden is on Google Print.

  6. bonniegrrl says:

    Also for you Livejournallers, there are a couple of cool Carniv. Plant Communities that can give you great growing tips and help you watch out for pitfalls when growing these cool plants:

    Green Monsters
    Livejournal Carnivorous Plant Society

  7. dzrtgrl says:

    Using the promo code FNDGFT reduces the $8.50 shipping to $0.97.

  8. dzrtgrl says:

    Using the promo code FNDGFT reduces the $8.50 shipping to $0.97.

  9. susan says:

    never had any luck with the venus fly trap. The tickleme plants grow great. My kids love them. Its a lifetime memory.

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