Carnivorous plants



Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plant, Sundew, Butterwort, Bladderwort. Today, scientists recognize at least 583 species of carnivorous plants in 20 genera, 12 families, and 5 orders of flowering plants.

Carnivorous plants survive by ingesting proteins from the insects, small mammals and birds they like to eat. Carnivorous houseplants of course, aren't known to delight on your beloved rodents, cats or dogs. But they do enjoy a gnat, fly or other bug. These plants are infinitely fun to watch. The Venus Flytrap, for example, has tiny hairs on the leaves that sense insects. Its sweet juices attract the bug, enticing it to land. When it does, the leaves close, trapping the bug inside, where the plant digests its meal with the help of special enzymes. Sundews like mosquitoes. As in the case of Venus Flytraps, Sundew emits a sexy juice the mosquito can't resist. The plant coils around the bug to suffocate it, and in doing so eliminates a pest you can do without!

Carnivorous plants can be found on all continents and hemispheres, with the exception of  Antarctica.

While some carnivorous plants catch pests like gnats and flies, other think small mammals and even deer make a delicious meal.

Carnivorous plants are found all over the world in boggy environments. Bogs are high on water and low on nutrients (which tend to get washed out of the soil), so these plants evolved to make up for the lack of soil nutrients (nitrogen in particular) by catching their own dinner.

Most carnivorous plants require moist to wet soil in the warmer months and less moisture in winter. Garden soil is not suitable for carnivorous plants. The preferred media for most are live sphagnum moss, dried long-fiber sphagnum moss or a mix of about three parts peat moss to one part clean, sharp sand.

Water with filtered water when soil is dry.

This category includes many  different species of plants. No need to force feed your plant worms or bugs, it will take what it needs from the environment. 

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