Starting out with carnivorous plants
I have been receiving emails from enthusiasts who wish to start growing carnivorous plants. So I should share some tips and things to look out for today. Back to my forte, carnivorous plants!
In order to grow them well, understanding their growing habits and characteristics are extremely important. They are not any flowering plants or shrubs you see in the nurseries. Instead they are a special group of plant, and they exhibit quantum difference between other common household plants.
Most carnivorous plants grow in nutrient-deficient, and very bright habitats. Marshes and bogs with little trees and very wet soil are great habitats for carnivorous plants like Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Musicupula), temperate pitcher plants (Sarracenia) and also Sundews (Drosera). Other plants like tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes) and butterwort (Pinguicula) are found naturally in tropical rainforest where humidity is high and shady under the canopy.
By mimicking their natural habitats, one can grow these special plants very well. Giving them a wet nutrient-free potting media, high humidity and the correct amount of sunlight, they will flourish under one’s care!
It is helpful if one read up their habitats and growing environments before buying and growing them. Planning where to put them, watering intervals and necessary potting media will ensure the highest chance of survival.
Common mistakes many make are using the wrong media and fertilising them. These actions will not only give these plants a lot of stress, and may eventually kill them. Although some species have less effects, but they will don’t do well in these “foreign” growing conditions.
You can read up more about different growing advice on different species of carnivorous plants in my previous blog : Horror Botanics. Growing carnivorous plants can be very exciting!