Carnivorous plants!

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  1. GaryG

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    That is an awesome looking plant
     
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    One of his awesome looking plants
     
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    That is stunning!!
     
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    Just answering outside the quotes. To put it simply I believe so, but insects are their main source of nutrients and I'd think the plants would suffer without that.
     
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    I don’t think they need feeding like fish need feeding. Maybe the odd insect now and then.
    In fact, if a VFT leaf catches too many flies too soon, it goes black and rots.

    My CP in the greenhouse catch a few insects in summer. The VFT catch flies, the Pinguicula & Drosera fungus gnats.
    But I have Nepenthes, indoors in plastic containers (for the humidity) and they never catch anything and seem to be growing quite fine.
     
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    A few other bits from my collection:


    Pinguicula
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    Utricularia bisquamata (flower) with some Drosera binata seedlings
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    Utricularia livida
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    I used to have a VFT in a pot in my front yard. Had it for about 3 years. Filled the pot in summer, died back to almost nothing in winter. Then one day the complex got painted and the painters messed white paint on it. End of VFT.

    This thread has inspired me to setup another one in my dining room in spring time. I now live in a house so no more unannounced painters. Also we have loads of flies in summer so could be fun to watch.
     
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    My boss gave me a VFT this past weekend, after I told him about this thread :D1585037689689888378831190905849.jpg
    I just need to find a nice spot for him, the growing instructions say it needs lots of sunlight but not direct heat so busy puzzling over what spot would get that :lol:
     
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    @T. Guppy

    Put it outside in a nice sunny spot.
    In a saucer of water. Rain water is best, but if your tap water is soft, that is ok.
    Might be worth while to cover with some mesh I have found birds like to pick over them.

    It will shrink back to dormancy over the winter, but it will come back in the summer.
     
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    I'm going to go stock up on RO water today in the face of lockdown.
     
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    Some stunning specimens @Reedfish

    Good luck with yours @T. Guppy , its beautiful

    @Hendre.. looks like you have gotten everyone onto something here!!
     
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    A sunny morning windowsill perhaps?
     
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    Oh so you guys got me interested too, not that I can go and get one at the moment :)

     
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    Repotted a few Drosera binata var multifida seedlings that had appeared as strays in other pots in the greenhouse

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    This is an unfurling leaf of Drosera binata var multifida "extrema" which I grow on a windowsill.
    The leaves can get to 20cm+ across with over 35 points.

    B.jpg
     
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    It looks really cool how it curls on the tips.. Like abstract art or something
     
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    This is a new leaf. The tips are still unfurling, it will all straighten out more or less.
     
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