Can you grow carnivorous plants outdoors? Of course you can! Any of the cold hardy carnivorous plants can be grown successfully in a container garden or even in a bog area. carnivorous plants are generally high-need plants and usually do not do very well in full sunlight. Even so, a little more light than you normally get in the winter is usually enough for most plants to thrive. It is a good idea to make sure that there is always plenty of sunlight for your carnivorous plants, even if you live in an area where it does not typically get very much sun.
An example of an easy carnivorous plant to grow is the Venus flytrap. This plant is great at growing in areas where there are plenty of aphids around. Aphids, also known as spider mites, love to attack and secrete an antifreeze from their anus. The antifreeze has a strong odor and attracts the flies and other insects that are eating aphids. The flies stay on the plant absorbs the antifreeze into the roots.
On colder nights when there is no moisture in the air but the ground is still very dry, you can use a simple trick to help your cold hardy carnivorous plants live longer. To encourage your plants to grow, you can water before hand. In fact, in areas where summer temperatures reach below freezing, you might want to water your plants well in advance of a scheduled watering. The reason for this is that water helps to wick away moisture from the soil. This will also help your plants to have a longer growing season.
When choosing the plants you want to grow in your bog garden, select ones with the hardiness similar to that of, or better yet, equal to that of your selected summer crops. Some cold hardy carnivorous plants can be expected to grow until the fall season; others may only grow until the spring. If you are planning to grow a variety of herbs and vegetables, you should plan to mix and match your planting schedule. For example, plant an onion on the bottom of a bed of chives; another plant could be planted in place of a clove of garlic in the center of a bed of oregano.
A good tip for taking care of your plants is to provide them with an adequate amount of sunlight. Although they require full sun, many species can be grown in low light conditions as well. You should place a 6 inch pot near your window so you can see them all the time and check for signs of over-eating.
If you want to have more than one plant, you should consider planting a small container that will house each plant and have a water fountain nearby for a source of slow-moving water. It is not advisable to overwater your bog plants because you may drown them. A good watering technique is to use a watering bottle with a spray head attached.
Most cold tolerant carnivorous plants prefer full sun, but some will grow equally well in partial shade or in low-light conditions. Plants like clematis, begonias, calkia, horsetail and lady bugs grow very well in containers that are placed in the shade because of their lack of ability to grow tall. They also do not like being planted directly on their seed. You should avoid pruning most of these plants unless absolutely necessary because their leaves are very sensitive to frost damage.
Cold-hardy pitcher plants should be given a lot of room to grow, and they thrive in full sunlight even in areas with little sunshine. It is important to remember that they love moisture, and they will do better in a humid environment. Some of them will even do better in potting soil that contains a little bit of organic matter in it. Don’t hesitate to give your pitchers a watering. In case you are growing them indoors, you will have to put them in an outside pot first to get them accustomed to direct sunlight.