Thursday, January 8, 2015

Carnivorous Plant - Venus Flytrap

This is such a cool, carnivorous plant. I haven't owned one in over 10 years, but I've recently been thinking about buying some. In the past, I got on this kick where I would collect exotic plants, cacti, etc. By what I recall, I didn't have my Venus Flytrap for very long because I was too busy to care for it.

Anyway, I think they still sell those carnivorous plant kits, so I may check them out pretty soon. They are generally slow-growing plants and actually require poor soil conditions - which is the opposite of what I'm used to. How many plants require poor soil besides a cactus? Well, evidently several plants do, and these are no exception. There are many other types of carnivorous plants, but I always liked the way this one looked. The traps catch bugs, flies, etc., and closes on 'em while it then begins to literally consume them. In nature, this type of feeding would compensate for the poor soil conditions. Pretty neat, eh?

Since I don't plan on allowing bugs and flies into my home (What's next? Indoor pet snakes; ha!), it could become a chore to feed these plants. I'm assuming they would still thrive with proper care, but this is one of the main reasons I haven't bought anymore. They can be difficult to grow and you need to try and replicate their natural surroundings as much as possible. They are only native to North and South Carolina, in the United States.

Anyway, I just thought this was a cool plant, so I decided to share these tidbits today; cheers!

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