Octopus Plant

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  • Fun Carnivorous Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Sphagnum Moss, Peat Moss For Soil
  • Mature Height 3 inches

If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind plant, then the Octopus Plant or Drosera capensis is for you. Long, thin leaves have small red bristles or tendrils at the ends. These tendrils produce a sticky substance that is used to trap insects. Once the Octopus Plant has an insect in its clutches, the leaf will fold around the bug to digest it. This carnivorous plant blooms and sends up flower spikes covered in clusters of blooms.

Best Locations For Growing Octopus Plant

Humidity and light are essential for Octopus Plants, so choose a spot with lots of both. Find a very visible spot so you can enjoy the unique actions of this carnivorous plant. Octopus Plants are not pet-safe, so keep this in mind, and if you have pets, find a spot that is not accessible to curious cats or dogs.

Octopus Plant Sunlight Requirements

Find a spot that receives bright indirect sunlight for the Octopus Plant. This unique plant prefers lots of light to keep its greenery full and healthy. Place the plant near a south-facing window to ensure it receives plenty of sunlight.

Octopus Plant Care

Increased humidity is necessary for the Octopus Plant. This carnivorous plant prefers damp conditions, so place it in an area with increased moisture in the air. Use a humidifier or a terrarium to keep this plant engulfed in moisture.

Watering Octopus Plant

Octopus Plants grow in very wet, damp conditions, and you need to replicate this for the plant to thrive. Do not allow the soil to dry out, and keep the soil constantly damp. 

Feeding Octopus Plant

Octopus Plants do not need fertilizer, but they still need to eat. Plants that successfully trap insects can take care of themselves. You can supplement the plant's nutrition by feeding it fresh or freeze-dried insects when it cannot trap bugs. Feed the Octopus Plant insects every 10 to 14 days.

Octopus Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Medium
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 3 inches
Mature Spread: 3 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Shade/Description: Bright Pink
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red, Yellow
Foliage Description: Green, Yellow-Green to Red In Color
Temperature: 68° - 100°F (20° - 38°C)
Common Name: Octopus Plant
Other Name(s): Cape Sundew
Scientific Name: Drosera capensis
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.