The Bog Blog

A blog about growing carnivorous plants.

Friday, January 13, 2006

I'm relaunching the blog

Now that Apple has come out with iWeb, I've been able to put together a blog and website that's a lot closer to what I've been wanting to do with this site. I'm going to stop posting here. I'm calling the new site The Bog. I'll still be talking about CPs, but I'll also address other passions in my life such as politics and scientific discoveries.

I hope you'll drop by the new site and say hi!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A fun thing about growing CPs

If you start to grow enough of them, you start to have other carnivorous plants (CPs) spring up. I've had at least 4 different CPs spring up that I didn't plant. Here's a good shot of one clump of sundews that sprang up on their own. I still haven't identified them yet.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Did a little cleaning up

These VFTs (Venus Fly Traps aka d. muscipula) are well into their dormancy period. This is a good time to clean up all the dead traps and leftover meals. This helps keep mold from becoming a problem and clears the way for new growth. I think some would argue that keeping the dead traps could provide some advantages. It's pretty much a matter of personal preference.

Here they are post cleanup.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Is my Venus Fly Trap dying?

Earlier in the year it looked like this:

Today it looks like this:

This is actually normal! Venus Fly Traps need to have a cold resting period over the winter. All or most of the traps will die. Growth will slow dramatically and the traps usually won't catch insects. By March or April of this year, new traps will begin to form and this will again be a forest of hungry mouths.