For a few years now, carnivorous plants have become one of the most desired at home. We tell you everything you need to know about these plants and how to care for them correctly
Plants have become essential for the house. They are the perfect allies to give light, purity, and joy both indoors and outdoors. Also, plants and flowers help us to stay in contact with nature without leaving home. Among the plants that are arousing the most passions are the carnivores. However, there is still a lot of ignorance about them. We tell you everything you need to know about these species!
- Where to put carnivorous plants at home
- How often to water carnivorous plants
- What do carnivorous plants eat?
- Types of carnivorous plants
- How to decorate with carnivorous plants
- Benefits of carnivorous plants at home
Carnivorous plants are all the rage, but there are still many people who do not know if they can really be planted at home, if they are dangerous and what to care for.
The first thing we must be clear about is that carnivorous plants require almost the same care as conventional plants. Besides, these plants are not dangerous for humans, but they are dangerous for insects since they live thanks to them.
WHERE TO PUT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AT HOME
If we dare to buy a carnivorous plant, we must bear in mind that once they get home we must wait for them to acclimatize. The most successful thing is to transplant these plants to a pot with a high percentage of moss. If we could not find moss, we can also add a specific substrate for carnivorous plants.
As for the location of carnivorous plants at home, it is advisable to place them in a corner with lots of light but that gives indirectly. If we leave these plants in full sun, it is most likely that the leaves will burn and the plant will not last too long.
HOW OFTEN TO WATER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
Water is also essential for carnivorous plants. It is important to keep the substrate always moist, but not flooded. Otherwise, the only thing we will achieve is that the carnivorous plants do not survive for too long.
Another tip for watering carnivorous plants correctly is avoiding tap water and even bottled water. This is because both types of water can be too alkaline for our carnivorous plants. Therefore, it is recommended to use rainwater or distilled water for its conservation.
WHAT DO CARNIVOROUS PLANTS EAT?
Carnivorous plants generally don’t need us to provide them with food. If we do, they could even become intoxicated. It is best for these plants to find their food on their own, insects such as flies, bees, small butterflies, mosquitoes, etc.
TYPES OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
However, many of these plants are not readily available in nurseries. We show you some of the most common and easy to find:
DIONAEA MUSCIPULA OR VENUS FLYTRAP
This plant is also known as Venus Flytrap since it mainly feeds on these insects. This carnivorous plant is one of the easiest to find, even at IKEA, it has become one of the best-selling plants. Of course, if we decide to grow these plants indoors we must ensure that they have enough light.
It is another of the most popular and well-known carnivorous plants. Commonly known as ‘Dew of the Sun’, this plant is characterized by small reddish hairs where it stores water. It is precisely in this area of the plant where the ‘Drosera’ catches the small insects. To take care of this carnivorous plant we will need a very bright space. Regarding the temperature, these plants adapt very well to more extreme climates since they can live perfectly between 10 and 30 degrees.
Pinguicula, also known as ‘large-flowered Brasilia’, is a carnivorous plant that occurs widely in countries such as France, Switzerland, and Spain. This plant has a very flirty appearance, as it is made up of rosettes of green leaves and purple flowers. However, despite their delicate appearance, these carnivorous plants are great allies to kill insects outside. Regarding their care, these plants adapt very well to hot climates, but also to colder areas since they can withstand minimum temperatures of 0 degrees well.
HOW TO DECORATE WITH CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
It is recommended to use glass containers since they help to stimulate the natural conditions to which these types of plants are usually accustomed. We can make a terrarium to add the carnivorous plants and thus decorate any corner of the house.
BENEFITS OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AT HOME
Carnivorous plants, as you have seen, do not require so much care and also dress the house. These are some benefits of having carnivorous plants at home, indoors or outdoors:
- They allow killing pests quickly
- They create a much more attractive and original space both outdoors and indoors
- They are very undemanding in terms of the quality of the terrain
- They adapt quite well to very different climates