11/20/2005

Carnivorous Plant Clean-up

Now that the outdoor gardening season is wrapping up, it's time for focusing on my indoor plants. I'm ashamed to admit that my indoor carnivorous plants were living in the slums over the summer. But they are native to bogs and swamps, so a little bit of dirt and slime can't bother them, right?

You can all about carnivorous plants in the Carnivorous Plants FAQ.
The on-line store Saccenia Northwest also has good tips for growing outdoor carnivorous plants.
And check out The Bog Blog for the adventures of a "Carnivorous Plantling".

5 comments:

lené said...

Are these Pitcher Plants? Very cool--hadn't thought about growing them at home. Love to see them in the bogs here though.

Nelumbo said...

Yes, that's a pitcher plant. They secrete enzymes into the "pitchers", along with gathering rain water, and the bugs fall in and drown.

That's awesome you get to see them outdoors. In Vermont? I've only seen them once in their native environment in the bogs of Georgia.

lené said...

Did you receive a post in response to your comment? Hmmm. Must not have gone through. I posted in response the other day about being lucky enough to see pitcher plants in Vermont and upstate NY.

I have one photograph I posted on October 5 of a wild one growing in a NY fen, if you're interested.

Even though much of my family is from Georgia, I never knew there were bogs down there. Any tips of where to explore if I get back one day?

Nelumbo said...

My grandparents live on Jekyll Island, GA and I enjoy visiting since it's a state park so it's relatively underdeveloped. One side of the island has a beach with plenty of wildlife, and I love the beautiful marshes.

But about the pitcher plants-- Okefenokee swamp was where I saw them from a distance.

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