Venus flytrap – a carnivorous plant that feed on small insects and arachnids with the help of a special apparatus from the edges of their leaves. When the victim touches the sensitive hairs on the inner side reddish of the leaves, they snap and eat the victim. These plants live on East coast marshes of the U.S., but to grow them at home. Their age is 30 years.
But first of all you need to study the strange plant, otherwise it may die on the way to your house.
- Damage to the root system of the plant leads to its immediate destruction.
- The flytrap needs a lot of moisture, but it can not be put under direct sunlight or in full shade.
- Water plants need distilled water and use a special primer, normal doesn’t fit.
- When dormant flytrap is a cool place to experience it.
- Living conditions should be as close to natural.
Sometimes it happens that the plant dies even with proper care, and it happens due to the fact that the climate her is just not right. Yes, it seems to contain a Venus flytrap it is difficult, however, to compliance with the recommendations, and raise her to not be such a big deal. In order not to make mistakes, you should carefully examine all the details of the care of such a flower.
What are the conditions necessary for the cultivation of flycatchers?
Purchased. After purchasing seeds flycatchers need to be stratified for. To do this, seeds are placed in a cotton pad or gauze soaked in 1%-th solution of potassium permanganate. After they are taken indoors with a constant temperature of 3 to 6°C, making sure the humidity, otherwise the seeds will die.
Collected. If you already have a Flycatcher, the seeds can be collected and from it. You need to wait until flowering in the spring or summer, when it begins to appear small white flowers. And after is necessary to make pollination, because the plant alone can do this. Soft brush you need to collect pollen from the open flower to another flower as carefully as possible. To do this you need with all the flowers. If done correctly, a month inside the ovaries of flowers will black teardrop shaped seeds. Within a single flower can be up to 25 seeds. Only after 2-3 months after harvest of the seed, they also need to stratify and go to the next step.
The best time to do this is February, so by summer the seedlings have time to get stronger for the transplant. After the soil is prepared, seeds are planted in a low pot with a large pan for frequent hydration. To cause the greenhouse effect, you can use a glass aquarium. Sprinkling the soil with moss (sphagnum), it is necessary to irrigate the land with water, followed by, not digging, spread seeds and cover the container with plastic wrap or glass. After put all in a well-lit place under diffuse lighting, Windows facing East (it is better to use a lamp that provides light for up to 15 hours per day), maintaining a constant temperature of 24-28°C and humidity, preventing drying out. The pot should be no wider than 10 cm and not more than 20 cm with drainage holes to soak up water from the tray. Should remain moderate humidity of the substrate, and if the air is dry, that is, the percentage of humidity below 70%, the plant should be closed glass bulb. Or, as mentioned earlier, you can contain the plant in the aquarium. As to the correctness of all the procedures, the first sprouts will appear in two weeks, at least, or 40 days, as a maximum.
When you see the sprouts it is necessary to adapt them to changes in temperature, that is, tempering. This film or glass with seedlings removed and allowed to aerate for a short time. Only after this is already possible, but rather need to replant each process in a separate pot, carefully watching the integrity of the roots. The plant will be fully grown in just five years.
Adult flytrap watering about once a week in winter and twice a week in summer, more dry times of the year. No direct sunlight to get it should not only diffuse daylight. On soil or ground must be the moss that retains moisture. Growing Flycatcher – quite a time-consuming activity, and to the house she had lived a long and pleasing their appearance, the owner must be careful and attentive in relation to the flower.