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Video: The Best Indoor Predatory Plants. List Of Insectivorous Plants With Names And Photos - Page 2 Of 5
1. Venus flytrap
This type of indoor predators is rightfully considered the most popular. Venus flytrap is a spectacular, bright plant with beautiful flowers and no less beautiful "traps".
Venus Flytrap Origin: North America
Venus flytrap, or dionea, as this plant is sometimes also called, is a medium-sized, but very beautiful predator up to 10 cm high (peduncles can stretch up to half a meter). It forms a shallow rosette of only 4-7 leaves, growing from a shortened underground shoot of a bulbous shape. The maximum length of trap leaves of the Venus flytrap is up to 7 cm, but usually they appear only after flowering, and at the beginning of the growing cycle the greens are much shorter.
Venus flytrap traps resemble bivalve shells with beautiful cilia along the edge. In favorable conditions, the traps are brightly colored, combining light green and carmine-purple tones. In a lack of light, the plant forms small green traps on very long cuttings. The Venus flytrap blooms, releasing very beautiful snow-white flowers in the umbrellas of inflorescences on strikingly long peduncles. But flowering greatly depletes the plant and flowers should be left in one case - if you want to get seeds.
- Colors of inflorescences: white
- Venus flytrap flowering time: from April to June
The "work" of an insectivorous plant is very simple, but you can endlessly observe how the traps of the Venus flytrap are slammed shut. When an insect touches the plant, the "valves" slam shut and remain closed for almost 2 weeks, during which the insect is ground and the plant sucks the juice out of it. After two weeks, the traps open. The traps of the Venus flytrap “work” only up to 5 times, so the plant must be handled carefully, without touching the leaves again.
Venus flycatchers have varieties with a richer red color or larger traps (such as Red Dragon or Big Mouth)
- Recommended pH value: 3.5 to 4.5
- Substrate: special for insectivores
- Venus flytrap transplant: in February-March, only if absolutely necessary
- Lighting: as bright as possible sunny, preferably with supplementary lighting on cloudy days and from autumn to mid-spring
- Temperature: room temperature, from mid-autumn to spring - about 10 degrees Celsius
- Air humidity: very high, spraying is not enough - more radical measures are needed in the form of terrariums or the installation of humidifiers
- Pests and diseases: aphids, thrips, fruit mosquito larvae
The Venus flytrap requires very frequent but gentle watering, which is reduced in winter. The substrate is kept constantly intensely moist (but not waterlogged). For this predator, only soft water is suitable. Top dressing with fertilizers is carried out only in seasons when there are not enough insects, once a month, diluting fertilizers 5 times and preferably by foliar method.
The Venus flytrap reproduces by seeds.
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