July 6th, 2009 – Venus Flytrap

So my carnivorous plants have been rather neglected while I’ve been on modified bed rest.  When I only have a limited amount of up and about time, I’ve had to prioritize.  And they haven’t fallen too high on the priority list.   As I’m sure can be witnessed in these photos.  Still, I got to get outside for a short bit today so I took photos of a handful of things, including one of my venus flytraps.

Here it is in bloom.  It was hard to get a good photo of the bloom because the wind was blowing a lot and the bloom is on a very tall stem.  This was the best I could get, given the wind.

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap bloom

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap bloom

and next is one of the base of the plant.  Complete with grass (!) growing in it’s pot.  Oh my.

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap

July 6th, 2009 - Venus Flytrap

At least two of the traps have a nice happy red color.
Notice the left overs from previous meals… the left over bits from a fly and a daddy long leg.
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2 thoughts on “July 6th, 2009 – Venus Flytrap

  1. I would not have guessed that the first plant is carnivorous. I’ve never seen the blooms. Very pretty! I have a cat that I joke about “looking like a Venus Flytrap”. She lays on her back with her belly fully exposed, but if you touched her she would rip every shred of skin from your hand. Evil cat!

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  2. Most people trim the shoot off before it blooms I think. I’ve read in various carnivorous plant articles that you can let them bloom to get the seed if you want, but that if you do, the plant dies after you allow it to bloom. But I’ve let this one bloom twice. Once because I wanted to see what it would look like. And this time not on purpose, but because I wasn’t out there tending to it. (LOL)
    There were actually two blooming stalks on this plant this year, this is the one that came last. And so far the plant has never died from it. So I don’t know if those articles were incorrect, or if I just got lucky. Hard to say. To me it seems weird that a plant would totally die and not come back just from blooming. So my guess is, it was just incorrect information. But I don’t really know.
    I have a cat like that too. LOL! She’s very old now and still does the same thing. She’s tempermental, always has been, but we love her. 😉

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