How to grow up a predatory flower in the house? The Venus flycatcher of
On the Atlantic coast of the USA grows a low predatory flower - a thunder-storm of spiders, insects and mollusks. It is the Venus flycatcher (Dionaea muscipula). She is the representative of family of rosyankovy (Droseraceae) and treats Dioney`s family.
A flower the Venus flycatcher with a speed, unusual for a plant, slams the brightly painted leaves - the traps covered at the edges with sharp and long thorns. Instant reaction happens reflex, only the victim should touch sensitive hairs on a surface. The slammed dense two-fold leaf turns from a trap at once into a flycatcher stomach where digestion of the next portion of food begins.
A Venus flycatcher - a plant which even with a big stretch you will not call the fan of fast food: the whole 10 days there will be a process of savoring and digestion of food. And after this term of a shutter will carnivorously reveal again, attracting the new victim. On them it will be possible to see an empty chitinous cover - everything that remained from an insect. In such a way the Venus flycatcher compensates a lack of the nitrogen necessary for it for formation of protein and the further growth on the boggy soil.
Did not do without incident with the name of this plant. Very it seems that some fallen into a reverie agrobotanist gave it. of muscipula in translation from Latin is meant at all not by(with) “flycatcher“, but “mousetrap“.
A Venus flycatcher - the flower which is rather tempered and well adapted for seasonal changes of temperatures. On the American homeland he does not perish at snow loss, but does not maintain the frosts happening quite seldom. There is only the lower socket of leaves, at the earth in the winter. As the flag reporting about hardly glimmering in the depth of life. There comes the dormant period. And with the first spring beams the next stage of Venus life in a flycatcher appearance - mousetraps begins. The short underground stalk in the form of a lukovichka will be poured by juice. There will be a socket of leaves which will grow in the diameter up to 10 cm. Such leaves (to 7 pieces) will begin to appear consistently one over another, like floors. Along with the first leaves small stalks with white flowers will seem. When they fade, leaves will be transformed to a peculiar trap. Everyone is capable to digest several insects, increasing after everyone by about 1/4 portions from the maximum size.
Well will be enough about botany. The most interesting that the Venus flycatcher can be parted at home. The plant it not for nothing enjoys popularity at flower growers - fans of exotic and thrills. It can be grown up both on an apartment window sill, and in a garden, and care of it though has the features, but is rather simple.
How it is correct to take care of unusual flower that was to it comfortably in house conditions? The main thing - imitation of an environment of accommodation: sufficient humidity, peschano - peat soil and good lighting. It is important to remember that the Venus flycatcher does not transfer stagnant air and needs regular airing under sun beams.
It is better to place a pot with a plant on east or western window sill where light softer. Existence of the pallet with a reserve of the rain or purified water is obligatory. Soil should not dry up. For this purpose over it it is possible to spread out a moss. You should not “tease“ traps and to overfeed a plant, otherwise it can die.
How to feed a Venus flycatcher? As a forage it is better for it to give fresh soft larvae of the small size since if the food is not completely digested by a flycatcher, then rotting of a trap can begin. Well and it is impossible to feed with meat in any kind at all.
In the fall the Venus flycatcher begins to prepare for hibernation. The termination of growth of new leaves will be a sign of it. During this period the plant needs a smaller amount of water therefore water can be poured out of the pallet. But the soil in a pot all the same should not dry up. And in the period of winter rest it is better to move a flycatcher from a window sill to more cool darkened place with a temperature from 2 to 10 degrees of heat. During this period the flycatcher does not need light and it can be stored in the lower compartment of the refrigerator in a plastic bag or on the glazed loggia. We continue to watch the soil: it has to be moderately damp so to avoid its rotting. In the spring the Venus flycatcher can be returned on the former place and to replace, using soil, not garden, unsuitable on acidity, and peschano - peat or just peat.
If to grow up a flycatcher in a garden where she will provide herself with food and better will look in the fresh air, then, besides the aforesaid, it should be taken into account such moments. The sizes of a box have to be not less than 20 cm in depth and 30 cm in width, and soil in it is surely covered with a moss. The location of a flower box with the Venus flycatcher has to be it that sunshine were not scorching. And for the winter period it is better to bring a plant to the cellar in order to avoid a vymerzaniye.
At observance of all recommendations this unusual plant will please with the fresh complexion and will present you with pleasant minutes of communication.