On my Google+ forum I had to display one of the better closeups my old digital camera came up with. I also made it a mystery picture and outlined it with this introduction.
I brought home ‘King Edward’ and ‘Red Dragon.’ I left the blog with the question what more can she want? Left them to figure out what the plant is. I did give a daily second line to a poetic hint leaving the first couplet until the last. No one got it!
Flies pollinate it
Until Until they get bit.
The Roman goddess takes no sexual nap
but leads the pollinator to a trap.
Love and beauty cannot flee
She devours thee with glee.
So open to the sun, the deed is done
as she darkly closes to devour one.
Water and location would the the next concern. Some growers suggest leaving a large sized plant in 1/2 inch of water at all times. I disagree at prevaricate by putting them in trays with a small gravel base and much less water, replenishing it when needed. The soil does need to be kept moist during the May through October growing season. Unless they are in DIRECT sunlight I do not keep them standing in water. In dim light or inside the house they often rot if set in water. A sunny window is preferable. When refilling with water or letting them sit out in rain make sure that the water is not well water cold.
Temperature preference is on the high side (above 70 degrees) and my house rarely affords that so I keep them in my funky unheated greenhouses. Overwintering is a different stroy and the plants need to be kept just moist and kept in a cool area to enforce dormancy -even a garage. Outdoor storage much need pine needle mulching, or lavender mulch as is the case in Sequim, WA. A fungicide spray may be advised before doing so. Oh ya, do not feed them hamburger. Eating insects is far better for them as well as for you. Eating insects might be healthier for you as well.
LINKS and Sources!
A Pt. Townsend Nursery! Far Reaches Farm
eBay seller -(damonnormal99) Exceptional
Wholesale grower - Courting Frogs Nursery
Retail Oregon Supplier - Cooks Carnivorous plants
Retail CA supplier - California Carnivores ** No personal experience
Detailed Venus Fly trap, Sundew and Pitcher plant growing instructions from Cooks.
Propagation of Sarracenia seed
International Carnivorous Plant Society
(C) Herb Senft 2015