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Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia). Hollow, pitcher-shaped leaves that are extremely attractive to insects. When insects enter the leaf, escape is prevented by downward-pointing hairs. Cultivate in acid-bog terraria.
Fascinating and beautiful plants that should be present in every classroom. Although primarily photosynthetic, these plants exhibit elaborate adaptations to carnivory which are believed to enable them to thrive in nutrient- and nitrogen-poor soils. Carnivorous plants are shipped bare-root, ready to be transplanted.
MAINTENANCE: Maintain carnivorous plants in moderate light at temperatures from 18 to 24 °C. These plants require humid terrarium environments to do well. Keep terraria covered with glass or rigid plastic to maintain humidity-removing the cover once a week for several hours to ventilate. Prepare the growing medium by adding a 1" layer of gravel to the terrarium and then a 2" to 3" layer of acid bog soil (two parts peat to one part garden/potting soil). Complete the medium by spreading a layer of sphagnum moss over the soil. Prepare the plants by rinsing their roots under tap water and then loosely wrapping the roots with sphagnum. Place the plants in the medium at appropriate depths: pitcher plants so the roots can reach the gravel layer, Venus flytraps so roots are just above the gravel layer, sundews so roots are close to the soil surface. Water the medium thoroughly enough so that there is standing water in the gravel layer. Keep the soil moist at all times and mist the plants daily.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 977
Flinn Middle School Catalog/Reference Manual Page 515
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