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Carnivorous plants

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 00:08

Watching the latest gardeners world I was delighted to see Monty aquired his first carnivorous plants. They're just superb at catching pests in the greenhouse. Sundews catch those pesky gants with ease, soon filling up its sticky leaves. Pitchers are the champions at catching flies, and known to catch wasps. Butterworts catch gnats and whitefly upon their buttery feel leaves equally as sticky as sundews. Whilst not known for it (I believe so anyway) my venus flytrap caught a slug. The unfortunate slug had half in, half out lets say.

If you plan on getting a Sundew, this particular one (or rather lets say shape) has caught the most gnats in my greenhouse

It was really nice to see these plants get coverage, if only mentioned briefly on Garderners world, and I hope they get more in the future

Sad day, got brighter

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:18

I wish you all the best. Never feel down because of the people here that care for you

The right soil for carnivorous plants in pot

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:54
Inglezinho wrote (see)

Shouldn't be grown in soil at all. Sphagnum moss on top of an inert substrate.

Sorry to sound dumb but whats an inert substrate?

The right soil for carnivorous plants in pot

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 23:51

Hi Mike thanks for the reply!

To be honest I was trying to avoid repotting them and sticking them in the barrel. I wanted it be a more permenant home.

I always water my pitcher plants with rain water

The right soil for carnivorous plants in pot

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 21:22

Its a circular wooden barrel. About 18" Dia. x 14"H.  Need to know a few things also ^_^

Need to know what soil I can pick up at a garden centre tommorow, and roughly how many litres I'll need.

A cheaper alternative to pond liner to put in barrel (so it creates ideal boggy conditions).

And if its okay to take the pitcher plants out their pots and into this one at this time.

Gaultheria mucronata plant

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 01:16
Supernoodle wrote (see)

Don't know anything about them, so perhaps not possible but how about putting the male in a pot elsewhere and moving it close just for "mating season" ?

Well... the thing is the male grows 2ft high and 4ft wide just like the female. Unless its a good idea to keep it trimmed? Though I'm not sure if the roots will keep growing and become pot bound. =/

Gaultheria mucronata plant

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 22:41

I'm sure one garden centre would have the male one Bal. Usuaully they sell both genders.

As for me I may have to just cave in and put the male next to the female plant.. Flowers too small and numerous.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:31

So many adorable pictures! I have two cats. Though I do have to watch out for the male incase he digs up plants whilst digging to do a number two. My female does it elsewhere I reckon as she actually goes out the garden xD

Gaultheria mucronata plant

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 00:59

Long story short, I want planning on self polinating the plant myself with a brush. The male plant is at a relatives, and I was going to use the brush to put some pollen in a sealable plastic bag.

Shows what I know. The flowers are tinier than I expected! Is there a way to pollinate the female plant without having the male one right beside it? I really want to avoid having it beside it as I planned to have just berry shrubs in a section. I only got the plant for the berries.

Should I just re-sow my seeds?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 16:03
RubyLeaf wrote (see)

Either my memory is as hazy as fog or I've never had that much of bad luck with seeds. I planted most mid March and most have not emerged. Curious I dug through one pot to check if the seeds could of rotted but found the Pansy seed still there, albeit a darker shade of brown (do they go darker when wet? ).

My second batch of seeds is doing much better, with 4 of them (different species) coming up after a week. Should I wait a little longer? Is this normal?


artjak wrote (see)

RubyL, where are these pots; it sounds to me like they may not have been warm enough?

They are in the greenhouse which is unheated. Today I decided to throw half of the ones that didn't germinate and replace them. From the bigger seeds I saw they were virtually unchanged.
In fact with the Nasturtium I decided to go all out. I grabbed an unused trough, filled half with compost and put all remaining seeds of all 3 species I have.

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