Indoor plants Houston TX

carnivorous-plantsThese are some of my favorite plants. I’m a bit of novelty seeker and that carries over into my garden as well.

I’ve grown carnivorous plants as houseplants forever and they thrived and were gorgeous. I purchased some pitcher plants that are suited for outside growing in Houston. They haven’t died, but they aren’t thriving either. Now after attending a talk on carnivorous plants I know why.

The speaker has a plant store in Spring, PetFlyTrap.com I purchased some great plants from him that I have growing indoors right now. Mike Howlett works at Jesse Jones Park and can frequently be found there giving talks on carnivorous plants should you wish to learn more.

A carnivorous plant is one that attracts its own food, catches its food, and digests its food. There are over 600 known species. The earliest reference we have to them is in the 1578 book ‘New Herbal’. The Victorians, like me, loved novelty so it is not surprising carnivorous plants were popular in Victorian greenhouses. When it was rumored the first New World pitcher plants arriving, they lined up at the docks to get them. ( much like gadget geeks of today )

Carnivorous plants can be found just about every where that is not a desert. There are even water dwelling carnivorous plants. Two, the Australian water wheel and Texas bladderwort live on mosquito larvae. If you wish to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your bird feeder toss some in. ( I’m hoping to acquire some soon. ) It thrives and needs no care.

carnivorous-plantsMost home growers cut off the flowers to save the plants energy. Myself I found the flowers to be exotic and loved them as much as the plants and let them be.

Carnivorous plants are very slow growing plants, buy the largest one you can find.

Carnivorous plants do use photosynthesis for energy, but use the bugs to provide nutrients not found in the poor soils that they grow in naturally.

Several carnivorous plants are native to Texas, you can go see native pitcher plants in The Big Thicket or ( Big Thicket National Preserve ) on the pitcher plant trail. They bloom late April.


We use coffee and the old grounds on our plants

2008-05-02 19:07:41 by indoorsandout

The acid in the grounds works well to give a boost to many plants. If you have a compost pile, putting your leftover grounds into it will add much needed nutrients.
Houseplants love a good dose of the same stuff that outdoor plants enjoy.
I wouldn't do it weekly, but maybe a time or 2 a month for the houseplants.


You can get rid of them...

2008-01-31 11:11:12 by ThisiswhatIdid

I had these guys in all of my houseplants (about 25). I first noticed them one day when I watered and saw little larvae wriggling on the top of the water. I had noticed for about three weeks previous a lot of what I thought were fruit flies in the house - except I don't keep fruit or veggies out or around long enough to attract them. I did some research and asked a lot of questions and realized I was overwatering. I put all of my plants in an upstairs room we don't use, shut the door and pretty much ignored them for almost a month and a half. The larvae need overly moist soil to live - and while a couple of my plants got pretty sad looking - they've all come back and the flies and their offspring died off


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