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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bug Eating Plant...

Venus Flytrap!

As mentioned before, BF loves carnivorous plants.  This flytrap was repotted into a very small and very old aquarium.  50/50 peat moss and sand.

It has such a beautiful flower on such a long stem.

They are quite fascinating plants.  They have these clam shell like traps with "lashes" on the edge.  The fringe or lashes help trip the closing mechanism of the trap. 

On the picture below, if you look directly in the middle of the trap, there is a dark bulge.  Bye bye gnat!!

And these last two pictures... well if it was a silent movie, I could just imagine the creaking of a door..... and then snap!  the trap closes, and the gnat is left inside.

the end!  


  1. I've tried a couple of times to grow a flytrap but never successfully and had no idea they could produce flowers. I've kept them alive long enough to also experience seeing the dark bulge. My grandson is fascinated by this. Me, too. Maybe I'll try again using your method....50/50 peat moss & sand inside an aold aquarium. Nice post.

    1. One of the most important things to do for continued success when growing carnivorous plants is to use only plain water. Preferably rain water... nothing with a high mineral content including chlorine or lots of calcium. I use water from the dehumidifier!