It is already boring to plant habitual violets and grow geraniums on the windowsill for amateur florists. I want exotic, and even the once amazing orchids do not amaze the imagination, settling in each apartment. There are a lot of strange, funny, unusual plants, among them is the Venus flytrap; caring at home is not difficult.
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Venus flytrap - one of the plants that can rightly be called predatory. It feeds on small insects, capturing them with leaves - "jaws". Sounds like a horror movie script, in fact, this plant looks very nice in a flowerpot. Before settling such a pet, it is worth knowing that the venus flytrap loves, how to grow a new plant from the seeds and how to care for it.
Venus flytrap is one of the few plants that is absolutely not demanding on the composition of the soil, for its cultivation it is quite suitable poor poorly acidic soil with a good drainage system. The surface of the soil in the flower pot is covered with moss on top, helping to maintain the necessary moisture.
Venus flytrap, a photo of which vividly illustrates its origin and habitat, belongs to the light-loving plants. Therefore, at home it is necessary to strive to create conditions close to natural. The flower should be lit at least five hours a day, the light should be bright, but not direct, but diffused. When there is insufficient light, shoots become thinner, striving for light, and the leaves will lose their coloring, which attracts "prey." However, it is worth protecting the plant from the hot sun rays. Best of all, pots of Venus flytrap will feel on the windowsills facing west or east. In the case when natural light is not enough, it is necessary to provide additional artificial light.
Increased stable humidity is an indispensable condition for normal flower growth. Venus flytrap - a tropical plant, accustomed to moisture. Water is poured into the pan, in addition, the flower can be sprayed. The exception is the winter months when the flower ceases to be active and experiences a period of rest.
Water for irrigation must be defended or poured from the filter, since the venus flytrap is very sensitive to hard tap water.
Despite the fact that the Venus flytrap is a predator, it is worth remembering that some of the nutrients it receives, like other plants, from the soil. Therefore, its carnivorous needs need to be met no more than once every 10-14 days. An important point: insects for feeding should be alive, because only in this case the bristles in the traps will react. If the plant is weak or sick, then it is not recommended to feed it with live food.
Transplanting and growing
Venus flytrap is transplanted in early spring, as soon as the air temperature outside the window rises above zero degrees. Narrow tall pots with deep pallets are suitable for growing; the plant can root well in them. In order to adapt the process after transplantation as less painful as possible, the leaves are sprayed and the watering increased. But feeding live insects stop.
Propagate the plant with seeds. White flowers growing on a bush, pollinated by hand. Seeds are formed in boxes in a few weeks. After three months, the seeds can be germinated. They are sown in the ground, consisting of a mixture of sand and sphagnum moss. Young sprouts need high humidity. When they gain strength, they are seated in separate containers.
Like any plant, the Venus flytrap requires care, but fans of unusual exotic plants are ready to make any sacrifices. It should be noted that the Venus flytrap is unpretentious, grows well and multiplies at home, gives a lot of pleasure to watch her and children and adults.