Carnivorous plants, care and cultivation tips

Carnivorous plants, care and cultivation tips

In this column we talk about the so-called carnivorous or insectivorous plants, that is to say about those plants that are able, through particular modifications of their morphology, to capture and digest small animal prey (insect or other invertebrates) thanks to which they complete their nutrition.

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General introduction to Nepenthes

Therefore, those interested in creating green areas, from what they have read so far, already know that there are various types of vegetation in nature and among many can prefer carnivorous plants such as Nepenthes which is considered one of the most enchanting in its category.

It is suggestive and fascinating of its kind for its spectacular ornamental quality and when you decide to insert it in your garden you have to follow, with great precision, specific methods and attentions, during its different stages of growth, because the Nepenthes , native to the Asian tropical forests and to some areas of Australia and Madagascar, as regards its cultivation, it has particular needs.

Plants and flowers

For the lovers of plants and flowers, this is the section that will do for them!

There are many in-depth sheets and practical guides for care and cultivation of different plant species.

You will discover how to have beautiful plants and flowers in different seasons and easily solve the most common problems, from parasites to fertilization, from harvesting to pruning.

You will find all the factsheets on the most important plant and flower varieties, for the garden, the balcony, the pergola, but also varieties of water and bonsai, carnivorous plants and for the tropical garden.

You will thus be able to familiarize yourself with all their features: botanical name, description, exposure and most suitable soil, varieties, care, diseases.

The plants and flowers of the garden are very diverse and include both ornamental trees, large essences that can reach several tens of meters in height, and shrubs, often intended for create a hedge or to be grown in flower beds, both flowers, which offer a palette of colors that brighten every season.

Whatever style you choose for your garden, whether English, romantic, French, natural, Japanese, or contemporary, or with exotic varieties, in any case you will find all the information you were missing.

Carnivorous plants: the secrets to growing them

First of all it is necessary to understand which are the carnivorous plants that can live in the apartment: three of these stand out: Drosera capensis, Dionaea muscipula and Sarracenia purpurea. Unlike other types of plants, which are easier to manage, these require special care, so here are the tips to follow to successfully grow carnivorous plants:

  • in winter, carnivorous plants need little care: should be kept in a humid environment and irrigated once a week. The only precaution to have is toremove dead leaves and maintain a constant degree of humidity without causing the development of mold
  • in spring and summer, however, it is necessary to place the plants in a partially shaded area, away from the sun's rays that could burn them. Also in summer, due to the higher temperatures, the irrigations they will have to be more frequent because it will be necessary to keep the soil constantly moist

Among all the carnivorous houseplants, the Drosera capensis it is the most popular insectivorous plant and also the most suitable for growing at home. This plant passively captures insects that, when they land on it, remain stuck: in fact, over time it has developed glandular cells that produce a sticky liquid and when an insect lands, it can no longer escape. At that point the carnivorous plant slowly incorporates the insect and digest it. There Dionaea muscipula instead it is a plant that does not exceed 10 cm in height and has leaves with a toothed margin capable of capturing insects. Finally the Sarracenia purpurea it is the easiest carnivorous houseplant to grow because it is the one that best suits domestic conditions. In addition to being aesthetically very beautiful, it attracts insects thanks to a nectar that stuns them, making them fall directly into the plant's funnel, the area where "digestion" begins.

Carnivorous plant cultivation and care

Carnivorous plants typically need a acidic soil, which must keep its pH constant over time. To do this it is necessary to pay close attention in the choice of the initial cultivation substrate and watering.

L'water used for irrigation must absolutely not be from taps, as this often has a slightly alkaline pH, as well as sometimes having high concentrations of calcium carbonate. For the irrigation of carnivorous plants, distilled water or rainwater is preferably used.

The growing medium it will be poor in nourishment and with a basically acidic pH. Do not use traditional universal soils, you will certainly have problems. An excellent compound for their cultivation is peat, to be mixed with silica sand, perlite and vermiculite.

Some of these plants need more sun exposure than the others. In these cases it will also be advisable to carefully check the temperature, which must not be excessive. As with many other plants, for those wishing to grow these plants in their home, it is very important to adopt a lighting system that provides the right amount of light. You will have to choose gods lighting bodies that provide the correct spectrum of light suitable for the life of the plant.

In addition to being very fascinating in shapes and colors, carnivorous plants are a good remedy against flies and mosquitoes.

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