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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've heard they're impossible to grow. What can you all tell me about the Venus ...

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    Default Carnivorous Plants

    I've heard they're impossible to grow. What can you all tell me about the Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styx
    I've heard they're impossible to grow. What can you all tell me about the Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher plants?
    They are easy to grow if you know what kind of envirment they need.
    Let us discuss latter.....
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    Beautiful Fly Trap Chian.

    I met someone who grows these last weekend. He has them in plastic bottles of juice (with juice taken out) then the top half cut off and then holes drilled an inch from the bottom and then filled with a sand and peat mix (mainly sand). I guess it is a similar set up to semi-hydro. The orientation of where they were growing seems to be somewhere which gets half day (morning) sun.

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    Never fertilize! Especially pitcher plants. They'll die straight up if you add any fertilizer. Rain water is best, reverse osmosis next, and tap water last ( I've seen people kill them awfully fast with tap water.) They are typically "bog" plants and like a moist medium. That's about all I know. I always end up killing them myself so I've given up on them until I can have a greenhouse.
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    Hm... I keep wanting them and I keep killing the poor little things. Maybe I should set up a terarrium for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styx
    Hm... I keep wanting them and I keep killing the poor little things. Maybe I should set up a terarrium for them?
    You will need a terarrium if it snow in winter. All Nepenthes are tropical plants, even highland species, they will die under 10 degree C. Lowland species, like N. ampullaria, rafflasiana or bicalcarata, they will be harmed under 18 degree C. So you should keep the in warm greenhouse or set up a terarrium for them.
    And med72 is right, do not fertilize. If you want to fertilize, mildly.

    Forgive my poor English, I can not express well. But I think I'm a experienced CPs grower in my environment. So if you need informatiom, maybe I can give you some advice.
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    I think the pitcher plants look so cool. And they are all the rage right now. But if I kill Dends, I'm sure I'd kill any CP. Great pictures Chian.

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    Yeah Chian, I would like some advice. ^^ I do so want a CP to love for me!

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    Impossible to grow? No way! My CPs are some of my easier-to-grow plants.

    I grow sundews and Nepenthes. Beautiful plants and excellent fungus gnat exterminators!

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    Really - don't they need it to be especially humid and fairly warm??

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