Our Carnivorous plants don't seem to be doing to hot...
Greetings, all, from the RI College Greenhouse! WWe have been having a rather difficult time in getting our carnivorous plants to grow, or to flourish in our greenhouse....I was hoping that you all might be able to make some recommendations?
First, the carnivorous plants that we have (just the common names for convenience): quite a few variety of pitcher plants and venus fly traps, mexican butterwort, cape sundew, etc. We have babies of all of them, and three established adult pitcher plants.
Now, first question is, what is an appropriate media for them to be in? We currently have the 3 adults in a metro360 and they are doing great! The babies are all dying, we actually just lost 7 more of them...we have always wanted a very strong carnivorous plant section but every year they all die and we have to buy new ones. We have nothing special set up for them: no lights or heat, etc. Anyway, some of the babies are in a shredded wood, others in a straight metro360, and a couple in a small wood chip.
Next question, should they all be under our misting bed to stay moist? should they be out on out rock beds in full sun? our dry and shady tree room? help!
How often should we be watering them? We were instructed by our now retired manager to keep them moist at all times. But it seems a lot of them are rotting from the roots up!