CarnivorousPlants.com – About Us

Hi, my name is Joel Garner. I’m the world’s #1 carnivorous plant seller.

Other than growing a few carnivorous plants as a kid, I began seriously growing carnivorous plants in 2008. Like many other hobbyists I quickly discovered that I liked Nepenthes the best. I began by growing them in a 4 foot terrarium next to a window that I opened at night to cool them. I studied online everything I could find out about Nepenthes, voraciously poring over threads in carnivorous plant forums and reading every bit of care information I could find anywhere on the internet.

Joel Garner
Joel Garner, the driving force behind CarnivorousPlants.com

I soon realized that there was a plentiful demand for seed grown Nepenthes in the US and so it occurred to me that perhaps I could make a living growing and selling Nepenthes. I realized that one of the biggest obstacles to growing Nepenthes from seed right here in the US is that it didn’t seem that anyone had an efficient system developed for growing them on a large scale. I then decided that if I was going to do this I needed to learn everything of note about growing these plants from seed and that a lot of the information I would need to do this successfully was simply not available online. So I went to my college library and checked out every book of importance on Horticulture and Botany that I could find to try and figure out how I could do this. After studying up pretty heavily on the matter for several months, I then started growing Nepenthes from seed by purchasing seeds from various vendors online. I had many successes as well as failures doing this until I arrived at the system that I currently use. I also decided along the way that perhaps I could augment my security guard income, which was my main source of income at the time, by selling other carnivorous plants that could be made available for sale sooner while I was perfecting my system for growing Nepenthes and my Nepenthes seedlings were growing out. I soon discovered that I no longer needed to work as a security guard and could in fact make a living selling carnivorous plants. And so after a little over a year of working as a security guard part-time and selling, mostly Venus Flytraps, part-time in 2010, I quit my job and began selling carnivorous plants full-time. I soon branched out into selling other types of carnivorous plants as well.

The main goal of my carnivorous plant business is to grow seed grown Nepenthes that are true species, as opposed to hybrids, and that are true to their locale as well. This way I would be preserving a piece of nature rather than growing and selling plants that technically do not exist in the wild. I also try and preserve other species of carnivorous plants that are true species and true to their locale. But I do grow and sell other carnivorous plants that are not if that is all that is available to me to grow and sell for those particular types. In the future I hope to preserve Nepenthes species and other carnivorous plants that are true to species and locale by reproducing my own seedlings from my own seed from my own breeding stock that is true to species and locale.

I also try to use a number of other business strategies. For one thing, I try very hard to sell plants in great condition– hardening them off to outdoor growing if that particular species can be well adapted to it. For example, Sarracenias, Sundews, and Venus Flytraps, are adapted to greenhouse or outdoor growing with shade cloth with the least amount of shading necessary. Other carnivorous plants that are not able to handle full sun outdoors such as Nepenthes and Butterworts. By doing this, I hope to be able to set a new standard for quality in the carnivorous plant industry and make carnivorous plant growing something that is more easily done by a wider range of people in the US. I believe that one of the biggest problems in the carnivorous plant industry in the US today is that many plants are grown and sold in conditions that are very gentle and unfortunately, many customers do not have the ability to match the gentle conditions that many of the plants they purchase have been grown in their entire lives. As a result, many people purchase carnivorous plants that needlessly die not because carnivorous plants are particularly difficult to keep alive and grow, but because the conditions they are often being purchased in are not hardened. My hope is that the carnivorous plant Nursery that I’ve started will create a revolution in the industry in the US, permanently changing the landscape so that carnivorous plants, not just ones sold by me will be sold in tougher growing conditions so that many people in the US can enjoy this hobby without as many setbacks.

Shipping Rare Carnivorous Plants & Wholesale Garden Supplies Nationwide

Our attentive customer service staff is based in New York City. Our primary location for all growing and shipping is Wilmington, North Carolina–the original home of the Venus Fly Trap. Our premium location provides optimal growing conditions year round allowing us to propagate, grow and distribute thousands of rare Venus Flytraps, Sundews and Tropical Pitcher Plants each year. Depending on the season, we’ll be loaded up all sorts of Dionaea, Nepenthes, Drosera, Sarracenia, Cephalotus, Heliamphora, Pinguicula, Darlingtonia, Drosophyllum, Carnivorous Bromeliads, Fun Plants & even rare ready to plant Organic Heirloom Vegetable seedlings. We guarantee your plants will be delivered fast and in excellent condition. If you have any questions or are looking for something rare that is not on our website send an email to info@carnivorousplants.com.

Carnivorous Plant Sizing and Condition:

Regardless of what time of year it is we do not ship plants that are not ready to be placed into their ideal growing conditions. This means you do not have to worry about hardening off or acclimating any of our plants, regardless of size.

About the Owners:

CarnivorousPlants.com is a small family-run business based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. We are avid gardeners experienced in all aspects of horticulture, including organic gardening, indoor growing, and hydroponics. Many of the techniques we use to grow carnivorous plants have been adopted from hydroponics and modified to provide perfect growing conditions without damaging the plants. Although we propagate clones of his plants from tissue culture, it is our belief that divisions and cuttings make for stronger plants. Therefore, we allows his mother plants to grow unrestricted. Our online supply excludes cultivars that can easily be mistaken for others so instead we only offer ones that exhibit vigorous growth, unique shape, and brilliant colors that distinguish them from the rest. Nearly all profit is used to attain and grow new varieties so email info@carnivorousplants.com if you are looking for a specific species or variety that is not listed online. If you have something rare, you are welcome to inquire about trading.