London (change)
Today 12°C / 9°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 6°C
5 messages
27/01/2013 at 20:35

 A friend mentioned this plant, seen in a catalogue and described as a slug-eating plant;   I wondered if anyone had one and can they really see off slugs?!

27/01/2013 at 20:42

In theory yes-this is what Kew say about it

http://www.kew.org/plants-fungi/Sarracenia-purpurea.htm

It is unlikely to make much difference to the slug population  

27/01/2013 at 21:26

I have one of those . Never seen it attract a slug but it does make a mean fly soup.

I suppose it would be possible if it was a much larger plant.

27/01/2013 at 21:52

it' s certainly an interesting looking plant....wouldn't go hungry in my garden !!!  did you find it easy to grow / take care of?

27/01/2013 at 22:04

I only started growing carnivorous plants last year but up to now it seems to be surviving.  I also have a sundew and a venus flytrap. I wouldn't say they are difficult but they can only be watered with rainwater and not be allowed to dry out in Summer. They require a resting period through the winter like other plants but I'll know better in Spring. 

This is the pitcher plant - not a very good photo though, Sorry.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/17968.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

 You can just about see the fly on the left that it's about to catch.

email image
5 messages