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