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Darned, Flipping Gnats!

This is a discussion on Darned, Flipping Gnats! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The pitcher plant atracts bugs by the scent of the fluid in the pitchers. If ...

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    The pitcher plant atracts bugs by the scent of the fluid in the pitchers. If you knock the pitcher and the fluid comes out, then you fill it with distilled, other than that don't do that. The fluid is a digestive enzyme and that is where the plant gets its nutrients from when it has a bug in it. The pitchers will die and that is not of your doing, just so you know. It will wilt from the top to bottom. If it wilts from bottom to top that means there is a problem. I have one, and it likes it outside my house.

    We have a pond...and needless to say a whole ecosystem. We already had toads, then the toads multiplied...RAPIDLY. Next came the frogs to spawn in our pond four times each summer. Then this year came these leech type gooy things in the pond, as well as snails. Don't know where the snails came from...but it doesn't really matter anymore. The dragonflies came to combat the mosquitos. Then at the end of summer last year a great heron came by and ate all our fish. . We had a fish that was about 6 in long. We named him zip. Ok, well, needless to say, the pitcher plant is happy. But here in the south, even partly shaded light was turning the leaves red. It didn't burn burn, but we had to move its growing spot. Though my vanda is doing great, it is very pleased with the heat, humidity and breeze. We had a heat index of 110 yesterday.

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    Jen, can you elaborate on that?

    The instructions said "sit pot in dish of distilled water. Refill when empty." There is no way I could get the water *into* the pitchers. Am I doing the wrong thing?

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    A while back I had a sarracenia pitcher plant but forgot to bring it inside during a frost. I think the natural digestive juices of the pitcher plant will combine with any stray rainwater that manages to find its way in. Unless you tipped over the pitchers, you probably won't need to worry about that. Maybe if you had a bright flashlight, or held it up to the sun, you could see water levels inside the pitchers...

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    They like the soil around them to be wet. To the point of if you grab a handfull you can squeeze out water. It should be potted with a peat moss mix. That is what it is talking about.

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    Oh, that's not what I'd gotten from your previous message, Jen. Yes, it is in peat, and is moist all the time, I add distilled water to the reservoir almost every day, or at least when it is close to empty. Thanks.

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    I think that I just glossed over that not thinking about it. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Wow. Right this second I have no idea what's going on, but I definitely like the dragonflies, and 110 is dang hot. Great about the vanda. The heron ate everything but zip, which is cool, for zip.

    Don't fertilize pitcher plants; they won't pitcher. Just like orchids, if the pitcher leaves die from the tip backward, that's normal. If they die frowm the crown outward, you have problems. Like orchids again, (typically Phals and Cats), red leaves mean burn is imminent, so if that's happening, move the plant to a shadier spot.

    Jennifer, sometimes it takes me a while to get what you're saying because of the roundabout way you say it, but once I get it, you make a lot of sense. I just have to change my way of looking.

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    Sorry, I'm just used to writing term papers, and going round about is just how I do things. Either way, my english teachers love me. Sorry I'm so round-about, but I really can't help it.

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