November 6

Carnivorous Plant Update

Here in North Florida, the weather if beginning to cool, and with that means my carnivorous plants will be going dormant. It’s sad to see my pitcher plants begin to wither, dry up, turn brown and brittle. My sundews and flytraps will also wither a bit, but they’ll maintain most of their color and simply stop eating and producing new growth. Luckily, most of my carnivorous plants (except for the flytraps) are indigenous to my area, so they’re used to the weather.

But it’s also a good time for some cleanup. Once the plants have dried up, I’ll cut them back some so, come springtime, the new growth will have room to flex. Also, I’ll take some cuttings and get them potted. One of the main things I have to do is replant two of my flytraps. A stupid squirrel got into the pot earlier this summer and decided to dig around like a maniac. I was able to salvage the plants, but the big one needs to be reset and the smaller one needs his (or her) own pot.

Venus flytraps

Here’s another flytrap that’s beginning to get ready for winter. You can see the browning traps. A trap will die off after a meal or two, then new ones will come up. In this case, traps are dying, but no new growth to speak of…just one little trap that’s trying his best (see the very center of the plant).

Venus Flytrap

The colors are still popping on a couple of my pitcher plants. This little guy is still vibrant, and his partner, the sundew, is still producing dewy drops on its leaves.

Pitcher and Sundew

This guy is looking good, too. In the second photo you can see his latest meal. I think it was some sort of wasp. You can also see the fine little hairs that line the mouth of the pitcher. Helps to keep the little critters from crawling back out.

Pitcher Plant  Pitcher Plant with Snack

Like all gardens, they have to cycle with the seasons. I’ll be sure to keep them comfortable, cover them if there’s frost, and make sure they stay wet until spring. I’ll post updates over the next few months as I make cuttings, transplant, and prep them for next year.

Oh, and let me know if you have any questions. As you can probably tell, I adore these little buggers. And yes, gardening is just another way to be creative.

RB

 


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Posted 2020-11-06 by RB in category "Creativity", "Gardening", "Personal

2 COMMENTS :

  1. By Michelle on

    I find carnivorous plants fascinating, but I’ve never seen one in real life. Do they have a mosquito trap instead of a fly trap? Because I could use one of those as the weather warms up here in South Africa.

    PS. I lost all my subscribers due to a tech problem – would you mind subscribing again?

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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    1. By RB (Post author) on

      Unfortunately, that’s the ONE bug they don’t eat. Mosquitoes are too small and aren’t attracted to their nectar. Here in Florida, mosquitoes are a huge problem. My solution is to use a product called Mosquito Dunks. It’ll prevent their eggs from hatching in the standing water, but won’t affect the plants or my dogs (if they happened to drink the water).

      I’ll resubscribe. Sorry to hear of your tech issues. Hope it gets fixed!
      RB

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