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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Carnivores In Bloom

Last year I got my green fingers on some carnivorous plants….(Click HERE for details).

PicMonkey Collage 1

A – Trumpet Pitcher
B – Nepenthes
C – Sundew
D – Venus Fly Trap
E – Parrot Pitcher

They live in the greenhouse, eating all the nasty critters that are lured within their sugary traps.
Alas the Nepenthes is no more…sniff!
Unlike the others, which need to be left in a small tray of RAIN WATER, this one shouldn’t have been. I think I drowned it & root rot followed…Yer live n’ learn (or in the case of my Nepenthes, you die…sniff!) I will get another one soon.


So this year, joy abounds, as each plant has come into flower!!
The Pitcher flower stem is about 2’ tall…


…and its flower head about 2” across. Underneath those red petals is a lime green balloon-like pod full of seeds waiting to burst.


Amazing aren’t they?


Meanwhile, the Venus Fly Trap is still munching its way through those filthy bluebottle flies.


It too has long, slender flower stems,about 1’ tall…


and a cluster of beautiful, white flower.
Some say that allowing the VFT to flower will ensure its demise.
Well I’m gonna take that chance & see what happens.


The Parrot Pitcher flowers are a smaller version of those on the Trumpet Pitcher…


…the petals are a deeper red.


And finally, I divided my original sticky Sundew into 8 plants and they too are flowering again.


Here they all are, in all their sticky, flowering, fly-munching glory.
These RAINWATER lovin’ carnivores are dead easy to look after. Mine are in a slightly dappled area of the greenhouse, sitting in shallow trays of RAINWATER, for goodness sake…don’t use tap water!!
Give ‘em a go.


Janneke said...

They are gorgeous.... your sticky, flowering, fly-munching plants. I never bought or tried them because I thought they should be very difficult. I have to change my mind.

Tammy said...

Wow Janey, such beautiful and colors! You're so lucky to have a green thumb!

Alistair said...

Those carnivorous plants are really interesting, alas I no longer have a greenhouse and not willing to give up any of my limited garden space for one.

Ali said...

I love them!!!

Tracey said...

Stunning specimens Jane & very fascinating :o)
I hope you're keeping well.

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