Cultivating Carnivorous Plants by Allan A. Swenson

By Allan A. Swenson

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A l t h o u g h you can propagate flytraps in several ways, the most challenging is from seeds. C u t off the flower stalks and place them on a piece of white typing paper or other white surface. T h e n , cut or snap the pods open. T h e y ' r e small. T a k e your time so you don't lose your seed crop. Y o u can store them in a plastic sandwich b a g in the refrigerator until ready to plant them. O r , sow them immediately. Prepare a seed bed of chopped sphagnum moss, not too coarse or too finely ground.

T h e y b e c o m e , in effect, the needed nutrients for the plant. A l t h o u g h other carnivorous plants exist, few demonstrate the rapid m o v e m e n t with which t h e flytrap catches dinner. W h i l e other types are found throughout the world, the V e n u s flytrap is only found in its original natural habitat within a hundred miles of W i l m i n g t o n , N o r t h Carolina. V e n u s Flytraps IJ A l m o s t everything about the flytrap stands in a class by itself. Perhaps that is w h a t so impressed Charles D a r w i n .

W h a t e v e r explanation you prefer, the fact remains: V e n u s flytraps are found naturally nowhere else on earth. However, arguments that they cannot be naturalized elsewhere aren't exactly true. T h e y can be and have been in a few cases. For example, botanists and amateur horticulturists have succeeded in starting beds in South Jersey's pine barrens, around some bogs in W i s c o n s i n , and also near the glades of Florida. Studies on the V e n u s flytrap are being conducted now, as you read this book.

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