Venus flytraps have become one of the popular ornamental garden plants. They have bright green leaves, just as their name suggests. They are very attractive and grow well in all kinds of conditions. Venus flytraps can be propagated easily and it is easier than you might think to grow carnivorous plants at home.
You can grow them from cuttings or take cuttings from the parent plant. If you grow carnivorous plants from cuttings, you need to ensure that the roots are packed firmly and that there is plenty of air. All about Venus flytraps requires humidity and if the soil is too dry it will dry up the plant and all the roots will die. All about Venus flytraps is about moisture.
There is no special care needed for growing carnivorous plants. They do not need a raised bed or special nutrients. They will do equally well in any potting mix you wish to use. All about Venus flytraps requires proper drainage. They will however prefer a deeper pot as their roots spread out more when growing in this container.
This plant has been used by Native Americans for food, medicine and as a beauty. The early settlers found that the roots of the plant would keep growing even after picking the fruit. This was because of the strong roots that kept growing into the soil and avoiding being picked off. The natives knew that this plant provided nutritional value and were able to grow much larger crops than they could on smaller pieces of land. All about Venus flytraps requires a bit of knowledge on how to provide good tap water.
When using a raised bed for growing carnivorous plants, it is important that you have a deeper level than you might think. You should never have a bare area around your plants. This can be avoided if you have an area that is constantly raked by hand or by a sprinkler system. This way you are sure to keep the roots from spreading out. You can add a shallow layer of gravel at the base of your container to hold in the water. All about Venus flytraps requires some attention on the watering of your plants.
You will want to use a steady drip of water to ensure that the roots do not dry out. Watering should be done when the plant appears to be wilted, this can be accomplished by removing the majority of the leaves around the plant and placing them into a jar with a small amount of water. Once the leaves have dried out you can replace them and water again. With Venus flytraps as with all types of plants you want to fertilize them once a month during the growing season and once a month during the dormant season.
You should try to make sure that your carnivorous plants get as much sunlight as possible. This will help them to flourish and will keep their color at a high level. You should place your plant in an area where they can receive direct sunlight for twenty-four hours a day. If you live in a climate that gets a lot of sun, you should consider using grow lights to help with the light. Some people choose to put their carnivorous plants under the grow lights for a couple of weeks during the summer months.
The insects that come in contact with your carnivorous plants will also feed off of your plants. It is important to remember that you do not want to kill off your insects. You need only to reduce their numbers. Some people believe that you should exterminate all of the insects in your garden to encourage the growth of all your beneficial insects. I do not believe this to be the best practice for your garden.