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Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants acquire most of or some of their nutrient requirements from insects or small animals. Carnivorous plants can thrive in outdoor gardens and greenhouses, and some variants of carnivorous plants can also live indoors. The ones that eat flies and mosquitoes make for very unique and memorable gifts. The reason to choose a carnivorous plant over a traditional plant as a gift is because these plants are not just beautiful but also help in getting rid of small insects and flies inside the house. However, these plants should stay on windows or high humid platforms so that they are out of reach of children and pets.

Nepenthes Carnivorous Plants

Nepenthes carnivorous plants are also known as tropical pitcher plants. This particular plant form has around 150 variants. These plants and its variants often appear in different greenhouses and are usually preys of insects and ants.

Sarracenia Carnivorous Plants

Sarracenia carnivorous plants are also known as trumpet plants. These plants are easy to grown in greenhouses. These are easily recognizable because of their tube shape and bright colours. These plants have gorgeous flowers in pretty colours and are your best bet if you want to add some colour and want to get rid of insects at the same time.

Keeping a Carnivorous Plant in your home

Most carnivorous plants are accustomed to humid conditions, and if you are planning on keeping one in your home, you should recreate humid and bright (without too much sunlight) conditions to provide them an optimal growing environment. Moreover, for such a plant, you cannot use tap water and instead need distilled or reverse osmosis treated water as it doesn’t have additives.

How to Care for a Carnivorous Plant

Carnivorous plants are available at specialty plant stores and green houses in your area. You can also purchase them online. However, before purchasing these plant seedlings, make sure that you read up on them and know how to take care of them. You need to grow carnivorous plants in large areas with clean sand. You water these from the bottom only, and you need to water according to the type of soil and base you use. Thus, read carefully on the type of plant you are buying and how to create optimum growth conditions for it.

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