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To Veitch & Sons   [before 11 August 1877]1

I   Ought the plants to be kept in a warm or cool greenhouse?2

Cold Greenhouse close to the glass, on a shelf exposed to the light

II   Ought they to be repotted soon in larger pots?


III   Ought the plants to stand in saucers of water?


plunged in Sphagnum Moss

I should be grateful for any special instructions.

Keep the roots moist

C. Darwin


The correspondent is established from a note on the back of the letter made by Francis Darwin, which reads, ‘Veitch? | Dionaea’. The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 11 August 1877.
CD received thirty plants of Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap) from Veitch on 11 August 1877 (see letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 11 August 1877). CD had evidently included this set of questions about the care of the plants with his order, and it was returned with the answers written in the spaces CD left after each query (reproduced here indented, on a new line).


Asks specific questions on looking after plants of Dionaea. [The correspondent’s replies to the questions are written beneath them.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Veitch & Sons
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 202: 96
Physical description
LS 1p inc †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10749,” accessed on 15 April 2024,