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August 14, 2015 | Mel Crosby

Carnivorous Plants...Friend or Foe?

 

With Harvest fast approaching, there is a tangible Frenzy upon the air. Along with this beautiful season, comes the subject of fruit flies and the never ending battle to keep them out of the tempting swimming pools on our bar and patio…Also known as our guests wine glasses. Attempts to shoo, dissuade and distract are altogether useless. Methods considered and discarded. Fly strips bought and unused. 


 

 

I am happy to report that a solution has been found in the form of Dan. He happened to drop by the tasting room on a quiet afternoon with some special plants he had cultivated. Drum roll please….Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea Muscipula) and a few other carnivorous beauties. Each one has a slightly different style and all are quite efficient. Dan explained to us that some work in an active fashion (trapping prey) or passive (prey becomes immobilized by sticking to the flowers). We now have several of these beautiful yet hungry beasties dotted around our place and I am stunned by the reduction of flying things in general. 

 

 

They are simply potted in very wet soil in a container of water and that’s all folks. They must be watered about once a week and meals are on the house so to speak. I’m considering getting a few for my own home.

 

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