The new flytraps-Carnivorous Plants

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Indoor Carnivorous Plants
Indoor Carnivorous Plants

A warm and welcoming living room is considered as the most important part of the home. It is the area where guests and family members unite, chill and relax. We keep a good check on lights and decor to give a well-finished look. People often go green with planting indoor plants like money plant or bonsai cactus. But now we have new options to select from various indoor plants. This new member is not actually new in plant kingdom but new to indoor plant community. Now, how these plants are new in anyways?

Because these are actually carnivorous plants..! Wait!  What? How can it be carnivorous?

These plants are capable of catching their own prey. Nurseries are now selling them by the dozen. These plants grow well with little care. What is the food for these plants when they are placed indoors? Flies, mosquitoes, ants or cockroaches, it traps everything and enjoys it too..!! Social platforms have made these interesting plants even more popular. Many people are now looking for such exotic plants. They fit well in a small accommodation and keep the house clean by catching mosquitoes. People also want plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant and Dutchman’s pipe that look cool.

Usability
They tend to attract bugs and mosquitoes and as result, keep your home pest-free.

Care
Caring for a carnivorous plant is easy. While these plants may seem delicate, all they need is adequate water and light, and they will thrive. Even if you plant Dutchman’s pipe around the lawns and walls of your house, they will climb like a vine. And cut the number of mosquitoes around your home.

As they catch insects, they are capable of catching your attention also. Here is a list of these attention seekers…
Butterworth:

Blooming Butterwort
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Single white, yellow and purple flowers add beauty to these carnivorous plants. They bear a single flower on a leafless stalk.
They prefer a humid environment, hence an indoor space with shade and mild sunlight is ideal. Small insects get trapped by the mucus that is spread on its leaves. The sides of the leaves roll over to enclose the insect while it is digested.

Butterwort plant
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Pitcher Plants:

Pitcher Plant
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Almost everyone among us had read about this plant in our school days. These plants need water and protection from direct sunlight.

They trap their prey inside the pitcher which is full of digestive enzymes. Pitcher contains sweet nectar and lures the insects by its visuals. And they fall inside it to get outside of our lives.

Venus Flytrap:

Venus Flytrap
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A fly passing by sees red colored open halves of leaves with a fruity smell. Whenever fly triggers the tiny hairs, the wide fleshy leaves snap shut, trapping the fly. It can be in this digestive mode for next five to twelve days.The bigger the insect, longer it takes to digest.

 

Flytrap waiting for fly.
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Sarracenia:

Sarrcenia
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Sarrcenia

These species use a combination of scent, drugged nectar, waxy deposit and gravity to hunt its prey. It needs a humid environment as it is found in coastal regions. The leaves of this plants had evolved in form of pitcher. And once the insect falls inside, it is impossible to get out of this trap due to the waxy coating on its leaves.

Dutchman’s Pipe:

 

Dutchman's vine
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Dutchman’s vine

Large heart-shaped leaves never define it like this is a hearty plant.

They are a vine and need minimal care. Soil should almost be moist and well-drained. They prefer to be in sunny locations to a certain extent. Its huge flowers attract and trap prey on.

Dutchman's Flower
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Dutchman’s Flower

Cautions:

CAUTIONS
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CAUTIONS

Do not feed meat to your plant. If a prey is larger than the one-third size of the plant, it may kill the plant. Always remember that these plants grow in a soil that lacks nutrients. So they trap insects to supplement their supply. Overfeeding will turn its leaves black. And the plant will be left only for photosynthesis purpose. It will be unable to grow any new trapping part.

 

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