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29/11/2013 at 12:20


I have a Venus's Fly Trap, that will need potting up next year. I read that you have to use peat moss. Can you still get this in GC's?

29/11/2013 at 15:05

hi mark, i make my own i got a 75litre bag of peat moss, for about £5. and mix my own sharp sand and perlite. I put all my carnivorous plants in the greenhouse now for winter. You do know they will really appreciate a cold winter. down to -5 and colder. Don't try and keep it as a house plant all year round. It must rest, or it will not make it through  next year.  They only ones i keep in the house over winter are the monkey cups.

fly traps, pitchers, sundew ect are outside now.



29/11/2013 at 17:52

Thanks Brumbull and ZG

Hi ZG, Mine is in the garage up against the window surrounded by polystyrene seed trays to throw back the light. Its been in there since end of Sept, seems to like it. I did not want it in the GH during an Aberdeen winter, can get down to -10, I kid you not.

I keep it moist with rain water. Question, if I every run out of rain water in the summer, what do I use?

29/11/2013 at 20:11

Sounds like a perfect spot for the winter Mark . I would not recommend tap water at all. Though you would see no immediate issues in the plants health, the chemicals build in the soil over time. If I bring a new carnivorous plant home I like to repot them the same day just to get as much of the old soil off, as i'm not sure what water they have been given.

29/11/2013 at 21:24

Thanks ZG, I have been reading up about carnivorous plants.  I bought this one who I have named 'Audrey II' start of last summer, and was on active service in the GH. It caught quite a few things even crane flies!

I'm thinking of getting a few more next year to put around the GH, kind of like a green minefield  I have seen a website for a company in Hampshire, I'll give them ago.

29/11/2013 at 21:51

This shop is down the road from me, and their website seems helpful in specialist plant care - obviously as your plant is called Audrey you'll like the name!


29/11/2013 at 22:05

Hi Sara, thanks for that, I have added that to my favs, the one I meant is this one


29/11/2013 at 22:17

They must be the ones who had the amazing stand at Chelsea this year (I didn't go, but I must have seen it on the news or something) - I would love to have a huge collection of them, but I think I'd better learn how not to kill the things in the garden and my three house plants first!

29/11/2013 at 22:53

If you have no rain water and are desperate, I suggest boiling the kettle and letting it cool. Not great but should be ok.

29/11/2013 at 22:55
Hi Mark 1963 you asked about water for carnivorous plants when all fresh water finished I use either boiled cooled water or plain bottled water.
good luck they are worth the effort.
29/11/2013 at 23:07

Sara I have used little shop of horrors before without any problems. I will have to give your suggestion a try mark as well . His prices look very good. 'Audrey II' nice name. she needs a friend.

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