Are you tired of ordinary indoor plants? Want something new and original to grow at home? Pinguicula, Nepenthes, and other carnivorous plants will brighten up the interior of your house and release you from annoying insects. So, we would like to bring to your attention 5 carnivorous plants that can be grown at home.
This plant has an uncomplicated device for hunting: its thick leaves are covered with a special mucous and sticky secretion. So, the insects simply stick to it. When the victim is caught, the carnivorous plant secretes additional enzymes to digest it. And if the insect is large and makes a stand against the plant, the leaves roll up smoothly, preventing the victim from escaping.
- Nepenthes (Monkey-cup)
Nepenthes traps are quite large – up to several tens of centimeters in length. Although there are more miniature ones. In shape, they look like jugs attached to the ends of leaves. Each of them has a raised lid – this is a "landing strip" for insect victims. And in nature, these lids protect the plant from rainwater.
Nepenthes evolves a smell that attracts insects. They crawl inside and can no longer get out because of the smooth walls of the "jug." The liquid that it contains plays the role of gastric juice and provides the digestion of the victim.
High-humidity air is especially important for this plant – not less than 75–80%. Without it, the “jugs” do not develop and dry out. Therefore, Nepenthes is often grown in florariums. To maintain air humidity, you should use moistened sphagnum, frequent spraying, or moisturizers.
- Venus flytrap
This carnivorous plant hunts with the help of special bivalve traps that are located on the tips of the leaves. While the plant is waiting for prey, the trap is ajar. But as soon as the insect crawls inside and touches a few sensitive hairs on the surface, the “cage” closes instantly. It happens just in a split second.
After this, the carnivorous plant secretes special enzymes to get all the nutrients from the victim. It takes several days to digest an insect or sometimes even more than a week – it all depends on its size. Then the trap opens again and continues the hunt. It is one of the best carnivorous plants to grow at home.
- Drosera (Sundew)
This carnivorous plant attracts insects with its amazing appearance. The upper side and the edges of its leaves are covered with stalked mucilaginous glands with droplets of a sticky liquid similar to dew (hence the name). When the victim is caught, the leaf begins to curl up. After that, the plant digests the insect in 2-3 days and the leaf scrolls out again.
- Sarracenia (Huntsman's-cup)
According to the method of hunting, this carnivorous plant is similar to Nepenthes. Its large “jugs” leaves are directed upward, and the lids do not cover them at all or do it partially. The traps are pretty bright to spark the interest of insects.
Also, victims are attracted by aromatic sweet juice, which is secreted by special glands. Insects that fall inside the trap easily slide to the very bottom but cannot get out. After this, the digestion process begins.