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carnivorous plants
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:44:49 pm »

anyone know any information about growing carnivorous plants ?  would having a certain  carnivorous plant growing along with all other plants greatly reduce the risk of pest ?

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Re: carnivorous plants
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:04:56 am »

Ive had many through the years, mostly sundews and fly traps as they are native to where I grew up at and I think they are still sold as a novelty.  Twice a year the botany department at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte does a sale and they are not only a great source of information (having an entire exhibit dedicated to the carnivorous plants of our state) but they also sell the plants.

Seriously, check them out if you get the chance, small but impressive collection.




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Re: carnivorous plants
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 08:32:01 am »

Depends on the kind of pests you're talking about

They definitely help against flies and gnats. Aphids and larvaes not so much.

They are fun to grow and very interesting plants to admire in the garden.
If you want to grow one, try and find ones that are native to your location. Those will typically be easier to grow yourself.
Most will require low nutrient soil and lot of people will kill theirs by planting them in normal garden soil or watering with tap water. They typically need to be watered with deionized or distilled water to prevent nutrients from building up. Also they usually are found in bogs or very moist areas so they typically like their roots soaking wet.