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PoohBah

  1 month ago

More carnivorous plants

Somebody said that Venus fly traps don't snap shut: well, judge for yourself in this video. It's true that sometimes they react slowly, particularly when it's cold or the trap is old, but mostly they are pretty quick: they have to be to catch flies, assisted by the long interlacing 'fingers'. The trap is triggered when two or more of the three tiny hairs on each 'palm' are touched within a short time; the final closure is fairly slow, as it squeezes the victim; it also detects movement from the struggling captive, without which it opens again fairly quickly as it may have been falsely triggered.
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Unlike the sarracenias, my Venus fly traps don't catch much on the upstairs window sill; they do best when I am on holiday and they go to stay in their Auntie Kathleen's garden; she says that every morning there is at least one trap newly closed, often with long legs sticking out. They come home practically burping with contentment.
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rosemary-charles

  1 month ago
Oh yes they do Ive seen them in real life do it it is an amazing site (not for the bug of course) ha ha Reply
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spartan3002

  1 month ago
Fascinating , PoohBah , but they epitomise the phrase " one trick pony " , don't they ? Reply
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Hawksmoor

  1 month ago
It was me that said they don't "snap" shut... I note your gallantry in not naming and shaming ;)
What I meant was that for children - my keenness on this category of plants was to interest my young son and his playmates - it's a bit disappointing that they don't menacingly clamp down with a flourish, like in the cartoons :) I'm guessing they were slow because of our colder, Northern, high ASL climate; they didn't get red "mouths" either, just vaguely pinky-green....
I remember dutifully collecting rainwater for the carnivorous seedlings - but I think they succumbed to the cold and damp too, really.
There are supposed to be some very reliable completely hardy cultivars of Sarracenia suitable for planting out, I saw a display in a magazine around a sort of small water feature, surrounded by scree, alongside hardy cacti, houseleeks, aeonium, and so on.. extremely attractive and effective ;) sounds like an interesting project! :) X
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Meryl10

  1 month ago
I love Venus Fly traps or any carnivorous plants but I've never had much luck with them in the past, so gave up lol. Reply
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alansday

  1 month ago
Amazing creatures PoohBar. Reply
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g2714572

  1 month ago
A good plant to have for people with bee spider and fly phobias me thinks Poohbah! Reply
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chowen

  1 month ago
Isn't nature wonderful PoohBah, I love watching plants like that. Reply
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trevjohn

  1 month ago
Quick JUMP !!! :). Reply
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
More macabre plants! LOL! Reply
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