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Bag Acclimation

What is bag acclimation?

Bag acclimation is one of the best techniques for adapting carnivorous plants to grow indoors. It helps plants adjust to your indoor growing conditions from our greenhouse to your home. It starts the plant off at high humidity then slowly adjusts to the ambient humidity in the room to reduce shock.

What needs to be bag acclimated?

We recommend bag acclimation for Nepenthes, Heliamphora, and Cephalotus being grown in an indoor setting, especially after being shipped, repotted, or propagated. They can take weeks to acclimate. This is essential for how to care for carnivorous plants.

How do I bag acclimate?

  1. Initial Setup: Water the plant thoroughly after potting, let it drain, and place it in a clear sealable bag.
  2. Sealing and Placement: Seal the bag and position the plant in a spot with bright, indirect light, away from extremes like high light, direct drafts, temperature fluctuations, and humidity drops.
  3. Gradual Unveiling:
    • 1 Week: Trim off the corners.
    • 3 Weeks: Open the bag further.
    • 6 Weeks: Check for signs of acclimation, like new growth. Adjust bag opening accordingly.
      • Note: Individual plant timelines may vary.

Signs your plant is acclimating:

  • New leaf and/or pitcher formation
  • New roots in aroids

Common Mistakes 

  • Over-Airing: Opening the bag too frequently disrupts the acclimation process.
  • Incomplete Draining: Ensure the plant drains completely before bagging to prevent rot.  Don't stand the pot in water


  • Pitcher drop initially is normal; acclimation minimizes this but doesn't eliminate it.
  • Black growth points may indicate potential issues.  Please contact us and we will help you troubleshoot.

Bag acclimation is necessary for growing carnivorous plants indoors. With patience, it ensures the seamless transition of introducing carnivorous plants into their new home. Follow these steps diligently, avoid common pitfalls, and witness your botanical companions thrive in their new environment. Happy growing!

Need more information? See our growing tips and care guides.

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