Use Leaf Cuttings to Propagate Carnivorous Plants

What You'll Need
Leaves from a carnivorous plant
Garden Sheers
Small Pots
Potting Soil

Though there are several ways to do it, the easiest way to propagate carnivorous plants is to use leaf cuttings. There are several carnivorous plants that leaf cuttings will work for including Butterwort Venus Flytrap, Sundews, Genliseas varieties and Bladderwort, and it is important to make sure that your plants have strong roots and many offshoots so that the reproduction will work fully.

Step One: Cultivate the Leaves

It doesn’t really matter how damaged the leaves are that you plan to use, but it is better to use leaves that have freshly fallen. You can also pluck the leaves off the plants that you would like to spread and use those.

The first thing you need to do is cultivate the leaves. Cultivate the leaves from the plants by using a small pair of garden shears and snip them off. Most of the leaves will come off easily, but it does depend on the variety of plant.

If the carnivorous plants are very small, you can use a small razor. Do not remove more than half of the leaves off of any given plant to make sure that your plants will be able to stay alive throughout the ordeal.

Make sure that you remove each leaf completely all the way to the point where it is connected to the branch. This will give the leaf the best chance to reproduce into another plant. 

Step 2: Getting Ready to Plant

Spread out newspapers or a tarp in your work area to help with keeping your mess to a minimum.

Fill up the small pots you are using with a large amount of carnivorous plant potting soil, making sure that it is slightly packed but will still let moisture flow through easily.

Step 3: Planting

Make sure that you water the soil before you start planting your plants. Make sure that the soil is evenly moist and that the pot is in an area that would have high humidity. If you do not live in a humid climate, make sure to cover the leaf cuttings with a plastic sandwich bag.

Step 4: Maintaining the Plant

Water the plants often enough to keep the soil relatively moist and make sure that they remain in a humid climate and gets lots of sun. Other factors will depend on the variety that you are trying to grow, and it is good to know information about that variety.

Expected Plant Growth

You should start seeing plant growth after several weeks. You will be able to recognize it by shoots beginning to stick up out of the soil. Make sure to take care of it by continuing to water it and mulch it. It will take a few months, or even a year for your plant to become large enough to transplant. When you do transplant it, make sure to plant it in a sunny area.

Carnivorous plants can be a fun addition to your yard and to propagate them you should follow these steps.