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Some carnivorous plants sleeping and waking *pics*

Here is Drosera binata waking up from hibernation:



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Wow how amazing. Carnivorous plants rock

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ok here is Drosera digitalis (giant variety). It is fast asleep, and has grown special little non-carnivorous leaves for the winter. Notice the absence of sticky trichomes with bug digesting mucilage:

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ok, here is the D. digitalis waking up

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And here is some D. Adelae, which could care less about dormancy.

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They look so cool! How do you overwinter yours toil?

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well the digitalis just did it by itself when i set the timer to come on only for a few hours in the morning. The binata I stuck in the basement, which at my place is only half submerged and has an outside door that is very leaky. And I have a window that light barely gets through.

I stuck the binata on the windowsill and it just died back (no winter leaves). Then, I brought it upstairs and it woke up.

The spatulata and adelae don't need it really. But with the lights off the spatulata went dormant. Adelae just keeps going.

I don't know if you spotted the fungus on it, but that has been there for a couple years. I stopped worrying about it ages ago. Seems to do no harm.
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this one I thought was D. spatulata with a nasty fungus. Well I just found out it was misidentified, and the hairs are normal and are called stipules. Not only that, I can use those little bumps up top to propagate it. They are called gemmae They will unleash if rain hits it.

D. Scorpioides. it will perk up with proper care. I should trim the dead stuff.

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alright check it out, everyones awake, some are frisky.

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FANTASTIC!!! :shock: 8) :wink:

Now I want some sundews too :lol:

I failed to properly take care of a Venus Flytrap -- I have to figure out a good way to overwinter them. I managed the first year, but not last year. I'll try again.
I had one like your 2nd photo (?? filiformis ??) volunteer but I'm not sure if it survived the winter because I left it outside.
My current easy carnivorous plants are pitcher plants. I have two different kinds that stay outside with just some extra mulch.

Can you tell us some more about how you keep them?

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these actually aren't that hard. It's 50/50 peat and perlite. And you have to use reverse osmosis or distilled water. All the microbes that help you in regular gardening will kill these by exposing their roots to nitrogen. I also leave them in standing water.

I guess in that sense they are harder than flytraps.

The second picture is digitalis I think. It's filiform, but not filiformis.
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Beatiful plants/photos! 8)
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Wow

Toil wrote:alright check it out, everyones awake, some are frisky.
those are neat! maybe i should get some to eat those pesky fungus gnats. hehe
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I wonder if they would attract moquitos to themselves? :twisted:
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unfortunately they only catch the odd mosquito.

They don't control pests so much as take samples.
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Toil, my new tiny collection of carnivorous plants -- VFT, paddle shaped sundew and filform sundew are all trying to flower. My one outdoor Sarracenia is already full of flowers I've read that you should clip the flower shoots to prevent energy expediture on the flowers and seeds. What do you think?

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that is an awesome plant, i want one!
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Hey! My little Venus Fly Trap is actually catching flies! I've been keeping this plant right next to the computer, and this morning, I kept hearing buzzing noises. I finally realized that one of the traps that was open yesterday is closed. When I "candle" it with a flashlight, I can see a fly-sized dark mass inside :twisted: Another trap has opened with a fly carcass (this one I swatted lightly and put in the trap while it was stunned :twisted: My kitty was incensed since she thought SHE was going to get that one for a treat :lol: ), and a 3rd trap is digesting another fly-sized mass from a few days ago. At the moment, it only has 8 mature traps, so this is pretty good %. :D

During the summer, a few flies inevitably come inside with me if I forget to thoroughly brush myself off before entering, and, of course, there are the flies that apparently hang out by the door waiting for it to open. :evil:

This is really kind of cool. 8)

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Wow!

I've never seen anybody actually keep a Venus Fly Tray alive. Such a beautiful plant. I tried to keep one in my greenhouse once. Once! You've inspired me to try again. Indoors that is.
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