What are carnivorous plants and their indoor cultivation?
The earth is home to millions of species of plants and one such species are carnivorous plants who feed on insects by trapping them for their survival, with the help of traps and pitfalls thus also known as insectivorous plants. There are more than 650 species of carnivorous plants known till now. The thing to wonder is the use of different kinds of traps of carnivorous plants by w
hich they catch their prey and digest them with certain enzymes present in their leaves.
Most of the carnivorous plants require moist to wet soil with poor nutrient content and low oxygen content for their growth as they fulfill their nutritional requirement from the insect they feed upon. Common insectivorous plants are-nepenthes, drosera, utricularia.
Based on their method of catching the prey plants can be divided into two types- active and passive insectivorous plants.
The active insectivorous plants close their leaf trap as soon as insects land on it like drosera and pitcher plant.
- Cultivation of insectivorous plants indoor
If you are planning to grow a insectivorous plant indoor, this will require a bit of a hard work as they require extreme conditions for their growth which is quite opposite to the normal plants we grow at our home.
- Light requirement – Most of the carnivorous plants grow well in full sun so make sure it receives good amount of sunlight throughout the day.
- Soil- Soil should remain moist also plants grows best in mix of one part of sphagnum and one part of horticultural sand.
- Humidity- Carnivorous plants loves humidity, make sure to have humid condition naturally or artificially around your plant.
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