The bright color of the inside of the trap and sweet nectar are very effective at luring potential prey. Then, all that is necessary for the bug to have no chance of escaping is double, quick irritation of the sensory hair – the hair growing on the edge of the trap close tightly, overlapping each other. After this this mechanical impulse, the plant starts producing small quantities of digestive enzymes, and if they enter into a reaction with the trapped prey, it will generate a chemical impulse. It is then that the actual, massive secretion of digestive enzymes takes place. Normally, the trap opens after 5-10 days and the undigested remains are blown away by the wind or washed away by the rain.
Dionaea muscipula can be found within a relatively small area. It originates from the east coast of North America, and occurs specifically in North and South Carolina. It grows in wetlands with acidic (3-5 Ph) ground, with sparse nutrients. The temperature fluctuates around 10-30°C (spring-summer) and in winter it drops even several °C below zero.
The flycatchers simply love the sun – the more we provide, the more beautifully our plants will be colored. That is why we recommend their cultivation by the south or possibly the east window. From summer till fall, we can be safely kept outdoors round the clock.
We recommend a mixture of acidic peat (Ph 3-5) coarse sand in a 2:1 ratio, optionally the peat alone.
Watering by soaking – we our some water into the tray and keep it about 2 cm deep (depending on the flowerpot’s size). We leave the water to dry out and after 1-2 days we repeat the process.
The best choice is distilled water from reverse osmosis filter, or rain water, and optionally, we can use boiled tap water that had been left to stand for some time.
The optimal temperature is 20°C, although they grow equally well in the range of 10 to 30°C. An exception to that is the period of rest when our plants require temperature below 15°C. At that time, we can move them to a garage, basement or some other unheated room.