Bog 1's other carnivorous inhabitants

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I figured it would be easier to group the other carnivorous plants into a new project and leave the orriginal pitcher plant post alone as it’s probably long enough. I keep a range of CPs in with the pitcher plants, some are temperate and will require a winter dormancy period like the pitchers, some are seasonal items that I dig up before the first frost and other are annuals which I just collect the seed from.

First and foremost are the Venus Fly traps, which is the first plant that comes to mind when people think about CPs. Many imagine it comes from steamy rainforests but thats far from the truth. In actuality, it’s a southern america resident, which means it needs a cool winter rest period, and with some mulching will survive our canadian winters. Fly traps come in a wide range, from typical reen plants with some red in the interior of the traps and pointy teeth, to solid red o purple plants, giants, and various “teeth” mutations, saw traps, fused teeth, crossed teeth, shark teeth, the list goes on. Here are a few of mine:
B-52 Giant traps
Green dragon

There are a few butterwort species out in the bog also. These fly paper plants are aslo referred to as bog violets. In the winter they die back to compact buds called hibernacula which in less cold tollerant specias are easy to collect and throw in a baggie in the fridge for the winter.
P. grandiflora

Also in the bog are a few different sundews. Some are gras like in appearance, others are of a forking leaf structure, and others still are of a smaller size with padle leaves. I grow binata coplex (the forked sundew), filiformis (thread leaf sundews), rotundifolia, angelica and intermedia sundews also. The binata complex in particular is quite fleurifous.
D. binata multifida flowers
D. filiformis ssp. filiformis -typical
D. angelica
D. filifromis ssp. filiformis - red form

With sundews in particular there are a bunch that can be put out for the season, well pretty much any can be as most love full sun. There are a few annual ones inwhich I just scatter some seeds in the spring, D. indica, D. burmanii, D. dielsiana… This spring I intend to put cephalotus out directly planted to grow out some bigger sized plants. There are hardy bladderworts that can be planted into bogs such as mine, but I have yet to find one I like. We are looking at expanding the bog (or rather building a second one) this summer perhaps, it will depend on wht my germination rate is like on my seeds this spring, and how hard everything grows.

sib ;)

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posted 01-26-2008 04:27 AM

and do the meat-eaters keep the mosquito population down?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-26-2008 06:53 AM

These are some great shots! You’ve got quite the collection!

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posted 01-26-2008 07:52 AM

Very informative … you certainly know your “stuff” ... great plants. It still blows my mind to think that there are plants out there that eat “meat”.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-26-2008 08:31 AM

the sundews in particular sema to take a bite out of the mosquito population. Pitchers tend to like wasps, crane flies, hover flies, and deer flies more. Other then the occasional spider, I can;t think of the last time I was pestered by a bug while working in the bog garden.
Sib ;)

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posted 01-27-2008 05:02 AM

you’re tempting me!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-06-2008 05:05 PM

Great stuff… I have some native pitcher plants in my bog/moss garden. Never thought of adding some other carnivores to the mix.

-- Bob, Carver MA USA, Zone 6b, Annual Rainfall 48"

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posted 06-27-2008 08:25 AM

Boy, do I need some of these! We live in a generally low-lying area and there are woods nearby. The mosquitoes can be awful! We put up a bat house, but no one has taken up residence. They live in the woods, so we still get some visitors.

Where did you acquire your plants. I bought seed for VFT, but was unsuccessful. Maybe you could let us know how to get them going. Your plants look bigger than the ones I have seen.

Great plants & Shots!

-- Robin282, Zone 7, SE Coast of MA, USA

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posted 06-27-2008 08:36 AM

Wow Sib I love your plants.Nothing like I have ever seen except in pictures.What an amazing assortment of bog plants.Nice to see someone makeing a bog pretty. :-)
Nice job.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-27-2008 09:49 AM

If you would like to check out my blog there is a time line for the bog this summer, it’s far improved over last year : o It can be hard to find good seed sources. Most of the stuff sold over the net is no longer viable or not very high germination rate.

The best way to get them going is to start with plant material and get their culturing right, then seeds are easy (if they are even viable). CP’s only need a couple requirements, sun and pure water, no nutrient rich soils or fertilizers, and pure water.

Sib ;)

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posted 06-28-2008 07:44 AM

I always wanted to know more about these interesting plants .
Thanks Sibyl


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posted 05-16-2010 05:55 PM

I love your photography. Thanks for sharing such interesting plants.

-- Helen, Stratford, ON

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