Venus Flytrap a special and interesting carnivorous plant for garden and pot
Carnivorous perennial plant that traps and feeds on small insects in its calves. When she feeds, she re-opens her calves to trap new insects. It has a slow growth and reaches 15 cm in size after 5-6 years.
They close when an insect enters and touches one of the six probes inside. The digestion lasts from one week to one month, depending on the size of the insect. Digestion is assisted by two specific secreting enzymes. When they digest food they reopen. This procedure can be done 3-4 times for each trap sheet. If irritated by another factor, such as heavy rain, an object or a dead insect that we threw at it will close for a while and reopen after two days. This is because with the first movement it feels closed loose and if the movement continues inside, then it closes permanently.
What insects eat
Venus Flytrap eat only live, tiny insects, such as flies, mosquitoes, spiders and various small worms. They eat nothing else! Not insects with a hard exterior, because their traps can break down. And of course we don’t give her insects bigger than the size of the traps. He does not need to eat often. It can remain unstable even for months, and is preserved by soil nutrients.
In nature it lives in swampy subtropical areas, amid moss. It wants a humid and warm environment with high atmospheric humidity. In summer it needs semiprecious spots, while in winter it is brighter. In our country we have it planted in a flower pot, which we can have it permanently submerged in water or watered quite often. Another ideal location is a terrarium planting.
It grows in very acidic, poor soils. Soil is the main source of its nutrition. Because acidic soils do not have sufficient amounts of nitrogen, the remaining nitrogen it needs is taken from insects.
It should not fall below 5 ° C. Ideally it is between 13-31 ° C.
Seeded in spring. New plants will sprout after about a month. Flowers will do after 4-5 years.
We transplant it every 2-3 years.
Shop for your bionic bug insects from a pet shop. Put them in the fridge for a few minutes in the freezer to slow down their reactions. Put them on your plant and as they thaw they will give the necessary movement to completely close the caliper.
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