A great idea for the whole family to plant some carnivorous plants and watch them grow while you are all at home self isolating. Everything you need is in this pack. Pot them up and water with our Growing Instructions on this page.
6 x assorted un named Venus fly traps (Dionaea muscipula)
6 x 70mm plastic pots
1 x venus fly trap label for growing instructions
5 x assorted un named Sarracenia pitcher plants
5 x 100mm plastic pot
1 x Sarracenia plant label for instructions
2 x assorted un named Drosera sundews
2 x 70mm plastic pots
1 x Drosera label for growing instructions
10 litre x sphagnum peat moss/perlite mix
The plants will all arrive to you bare/loose rooted - ready to pot up.
During the Melbourne winter months, your plants may be in their dormant stage, and may not have any traps on them. You may receive dormant rhyzomes.Read potting, growing and dormancy information below.
When you receive your sphagnum peat moss mix, it will be a dry substance. Put it in a bucket of water and allow it to absorb the water, until the pale brown peat turns a dark brown color. Do not try and pot with it while it is dry. The children might enjoy using their hands to squash the water into the peat!
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The Self Isolating At Home Project pack is also available with a kids book or a technical book in other listings.
SELF ISOLATING AT HOME PROJECT
At Triffid Park we repot in a mixture of 75% Sphagnum Peat Moss and 25% perlite. Wet this mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it so that the Sphagnum fibres can absorb the water. The best time to re-pot is in the late winter to early spring when the plants are just starting to grow, however we do repot all year round on cooler days. Use a pot to suit the size of the plant, giving it enough room to grow for the following year, but not too big that it dwarfs the plant.
WATERING: Do not ever let your Carnivorous Plants dry out. During Spring, Summer and Autumn sit them in a saucer of water, changing the water frequently to avoid salt build up. The water should cover the drainage holes of the pot. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water. In winter do not let the plant dry out but don’t leave it sitting in water all the time.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. The plant needs the thrill of the catch, to stimulate it, to release its digestive juices to break down the insect. We feed with a mixture of Seasol and Powerfeed (Powerfeed is made by the same company as Seasol). To one litre of water, we use 3 ml of Seasol and 3 ml of Powerfeed. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 6-8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot. Be very wary of high fertiliser concentrations when the temperatures get too high, as this may cause burning on the tips.
LIGHT: Carnivorous Plants require a high level of light. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch and some growers grow them outside in the full weather.
HUMIDITY: Carnivorous Plants like a reasonable amount of humidity. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide this. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive.
DORMANCY: During winter your Sarracenia will go into their dormancy period. They will stop growing and all the traps will die off. This is a natural occurrence and the plant must go through this period in order to stay alive and gain strength to grow their spring traps and flowers. Cut off all leaves/pitchers at the base of the plant mid winter whether they still look good or not to allow the plant to have a rest. In spring the plants will send up their new leaves/pitchers. Venus Fly Traps may or may not go fully dormant, depending on your temperatures. Cut off any dead traps. The Droseras should not go dormant.
For tropical countries where you don't get a cold winter, see our "Dormancy" information for forcing dormancy on our "Growing Carnivorous Plants" page.
FLOWERING: Carnivorous Plants will flower in early spring, if the plant is of flowering size. They put up their flowers first so that naturally in the wild, the insects will pollinate them. They they put up their traps to catch and eat the insects. You can cut the flowers off in an early bud stage, so as the plant puts more energy into growth. This is a personal choice.