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Carnivorous Plants; UK native.

ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

Is anyone here a carnivorous hobby grower in the UK that might permit me to bombard them with questions?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,163

    I'm more of an omnivore.image

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666

    Elstead common have plenty of native sundews.

    Drosera Anglica

    Tiny cute things 

    I have a large Australian version.

    Last edited: 23 May 2016 21:47:02

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Philippa I have a pitcher that floats in a basket in my pond. It was in there all winter (froze solid) and is now flowering! I want to add some others too it (I am fascinated by carnivorous plants) but could do with advice even if it is just limited to where to get them from!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,163
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,677

    I have been growing Sarracenia for years and also have Venus Fly traps and Heliamphora Nutans. No expert but happy to share my trials and errors. 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Cheers Fidget; have you used that company? I've found a few places but would love recommendations.

    Keenongreen; where did you get yours from? do they live outside all year?

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,677

    Sarracenia are outdoors and will not do well indoors as it is too dry and they mess a period of cold dormancy each year.  Mine get attacked by Aphids in Spring which twists the pitchers, so I keep them in the greenhouse till the pitchers are fully formed.  Venus fly traps are also better outdoors. If you want an indoor plant, I have found that Heliamphora Nutans thrives indoors. Mine is in a cloche on an east facing window. All of these plants need rainwater. Got most of mine from Hampshire Carnivorous plants. 

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    That's beautiful KeenbutGreen. I'm looking at plants for the garden (around and floating in pots in the pond since it attracts quite the flying feast for them).

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,677

    Sarracenia would be ideal.  They like boggy conditions around pond margins. Floating in pots would be too wet for them as they are not aquatic plants. 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

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    Here's my floater! As you can see it sits proudly above the surface and I lined the pot with plastic so that it isn't *in* the pond so much as floating around in a bucket. I'm going to experiment with gluing gravel to the pot to disguise the black flotation part of it without weighing it down too much so that it submerged the plant.

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