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of Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plants

Cape Sundew with fly

With a new found priority for green techniques, such as organically grown food and solar power, carnivorous plants are the green answer to the control of flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies and even cockroaches without the use of ultrasonic interference or poison. A natural solution.

Over the years cultivars and hybrids have been produced to combine ease of growth, vigour and beauty, with the result that you can now buy plants that will flourish and grow on your windowsill, will feed themselves while ridding the area of pests to boot.  Some varieties of carnivorous plants are happier outside and lure their prey away from the house to where they are. American pitcher plants (Sarracenias) can eat so many flies that the pitchers fall over. Some of the large Nepenthes (tropical vine pitchers or monkey cups) species and their large growing hybrids have been known to catch small vertebrates like mice and rats.

Over the years cultivars and hybrids have been produced to combine ease of growth, vigour and beauty, with the result that you can now buy plants that will flourish and grow on your windowsill, will feed themselves while ridding the area of pests to boot.  Some varieties of carnivorous plants are happier outside and lure their prey away from the house to where they are. American pitcher plants (Sarracenias) can eat so many flies that the pitchers fall over. Some of the large Nepenthes (tropical vine pitchers or monkey cups) species and their large growing hybrids have been known to catch small vertebrates like mice and rats. Carnivorous plants  can be  found in most large retail nurseries, pet shops and even some supermarkets.

Plants range from a commercial range of plants, which consists of easier to grow species and hybrids of Venus fly traps (Dionaea), Sundews (Drosera), American trumpet pitchers (Sarracenias) and Monkey cups (Nepenthes vine pitchers). Many of these plants as already mentioned were selected for their ease of growth, vigorous growth behaviour and beauty, some of which can be easily grown on your windowsill, right through to the ultra rare species and hybrids that are in many cases suited for collectors with some experience.

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