The Coolest Carnivorous Plants

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Something about carnivorous plants just is plain exciting. I’ve never been more excited than that one time I saw an insect being trapped inside a Venus Flytrap. Just watching it squirm for its life before being digested into soup for the flytrap was super fun to watch. Let’s have a look at some of the coolest carnivorous plants that mother earth has to offer us.

Pitcher Plant

The first time I saw a Pitcher plant, I wondered, does this even work? Bugs are not that dumb to just walk into gaping holes of death. Well, turns out I was wrong. If you leave your Pitcher plant out, you are sure to find it filled to the brim with bugs within a week. Thes strong odor and bright colors of this plant sure work to its benefit. Most have tall, narrow pitchers which attract insects with bright colors and inviting scents. Visitors are forced into perilous positions by waxy surfaces or tricked by transparent leaves, while nectar laced with poison intoxicates them. Those who slip and tumble down the pitcher are trapped by downward-pointing hairs and quickly digested by the plant’s own enzymes. Really bizarre and beautiful in their own way, Pitcher plants sure are a work of evolutionary art.

Sundews

Sundews are some of the coolest looking plants, carnivorous or not. With super bright colors and sticky pads, these rosettes are irresistible to all those poor little bugs out there. Sundew plant information wouldn’t be complete without explaining the trap mechanism. The plant has tiny arms or stems covered at the tips with sticky filaments. These filaments secrete a substance that will not only catch small prey but will also digest them. The arms fold in to hold the insect for four to six days until it is completely digested.

Venus Flytrap

In order to make Venus flytrap care easier, make it a terrarium. An old aquarium makes a good housing for the plant if you cover it. This encourages humidity and moisture retention and you can allow insects to fly around inside for the plant to catch. Line the inside with two parts sphagnum moss and one part sand. The Venus flytrap can then be placed in an east- or west-facing window with high indirect lighting. Venus flytrap is a rosette form with four to six leaves that are hinged and able to close. They have tinged rosy pink edges and secrete an attractive nectar. The edges of the leaves have numerous fine sensitive cilia. When an insect touches the cilia the leaf closes and traps the insect. Special digestive juices disintegrate the insect and the plant feeds on the insects bodily fluid. Caring for a venus fly trap must ensure that it is exposed to areas where it can capture insects.

Final Thoughts

I bet you want to get your very own Carnivorous plant right now. You sure can. Just get in touch with us at Karuna Nursery and we’ll get it set up for you. Remember that these plants are quite exotic and have high requirements, kind of like a pet. Make sure that you got a person who can get you dead crickets as spare food just in case. Once you understand the commitment you are ready to undertake, we are more than happy to find one for you. Go ahead and contact us. Thanks for reading our blog. Until next time.

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