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Carnivorous Plants

This is a discussion on Carnivorous Plants within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I am trying to grow N. I have a sundew and a venus fly trap. ...

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    I am trying to grow N. I have a sundew and a venus fly trap. I give them RO water. The plant pot sits on a saucer with water.

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    Default Carnivorous plants

    For those in cooler climates, consider growing pitcher plants like Saracenia or Darlingtonia californica, which come from cooler climates to begin with. Granted, they are not as large and impressive as the Napenthese, but they also have their won unique charm (and colouring). It is not too difficult to find green houses that carry some of the more common and "native species" to your area (of course, do not wild collect...not only would it disrupt the plants and may be illegal, but it is way too easy to fall into the bogs you find them in!)

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    I just got my first Venus Flytraps this summer and noticed how much they hate tap water and absolutely thrived outside. I am hoping not to kill them now that they are inside and my collection of rainwater very limited. Boy, I keep coming back to needing a RO system...

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    VFT need full sun all day long!!! Sit in a tray of about an inch of water. Rain water or RO water only NEVER tap water. They must go dorment during the winter or they will die. Never fertalize or give hamberger let them fend for themselves outside. They do a good job at it. Pot in 50/50 Peat/perlite mix. Or straight Peat moss. Make sure it has no fertalizer!!!

    Saracenia (North American Pitcher plant) take full sun all day long too. Sit in about an inch of rain or RO water. Never fertalize these either they will fend for themselves right nicely!! My pitchers are full of bugs. 50/50 peat moss/perlite mix or straight Peat. Some folks use LFS. Requires dormancy.

    Darlingtonia (cobra lilly) I have never grown then, but I read they like to keep their roots cool. Strong light. Again do not fertalize. 50/50 peat/perlite

    Sundews. Bright light but not direct. it also depends on species too. Sit in about an inch or so of rain water or RO water. If you want to feed feed with crushed bloodworms on the leaves. No other fertalizer. 50/50 peat/perlite or straight peat.

    Nepenthes ( Tropical Pitcher Plant) I grow these in 50/50 peat/perlite or straight peat. Do not fertalize. They can take pretty strong to full sun. They will catch there own food. Do not have sitting in water, but water from the top every other day to keep the soil moist. I use pots with the soucer on the bottom to catch some water, but its not like sitting them in 1 inch of water.

    Butter worts I have had no luck with yet.

    Bladder worts you will need to contact me for how I do those. A guy on another site gave me a great way to grow these so you can see the traps.

    It is a good practice to rinse your peat to remove any minerals that are in the peat if any. I will get a rinsing pracedure if anyone wants it. top watering and letting water flow through the pot also helps leach out minerals. Those are the biggest killers of CP is mineral buildup. I do not want to post where I get my info from, but there is a website that has alot of valuable info. CPs are very very easy to grow when you learn how to do them. It is a myth that they are hard just like orchids are easy to us, but everyone says they are hard. Just different, but they are my most setit and forget it plants I have.

    Jenn you want to leave your trap outside to go dorment. Not letting it go dorment will eventualy kill it. If it gets way below freezing put it in a unheated garage or someplace where the temps get cold but it has light. Don't keep them as wet diring dormancy do not have them sitting in water they will rot. I can get more info for you on dormancy I haven't had to go through it yet. This is my first year with them. I do know they MUST go through it though. You can get by with a seedling skipping a dormancy to get the plant bigger but an adult should not do it.

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    How do you trigger dormancy for the Venus Flytrap?

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    the temp drop and change in season will trigger the dormancy. It will either stop growing all together or produce trapless leaves while its dorment. Some people over winte them in the fridge, and some do it outside. I plan to do mine outside and let nature do the work for me.

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    Will these CPs be very happy if I put them in the same conditions (under floresent lights, inside) as my orchids? Or do you think that they would be happier outside. Keep in mind that we hardly ever have rain in Southern California let alone any bogs. But I can supply the RO water

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    Depends on what your growing Muddhb. Sundews should do fine under lights. Also some Nepenthes. Sarsenia(sp) and VFT you want to grow outside and create your own bog by having them sit in about an inch of water. Many growers in Cali. Sarsenias and VFT both require dormancy thats why they do not do good in tereiums unless your going to be dedicated enough to put them to sleep. Mother nature does it for you if they are outside. You need to decide what you would like to grow and then go from there on decideing if it would do good inside or not. Feel free to ask away and I will try to help.

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