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Weekend Plantidote 2012-11-17

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butterwort

pinguicula moranensis "J"

butterwort


I'm not really into houseplants, but this is one I couldn't resist. I actually purchased it to put in the greenhouse because it is a carnivorous and should keep the fungus gnats in check. It's supposed to bloom in the spring, but for some reason it's blooming now. The word pinguicula means small and greasy. Believe me, the leaves feel disgusting. Butterworts are easy to grow. They need lots of bright, indirect light and lots of water (it's a bog plant) Since I have it in the house and I don't think I have any small flying insects available as food I feed the butterwort with urea free orchid food (20-10-20 formula)

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twig's picture
Submitted by twig on

Are these a local thing or could anyone have them? They sound icky ....

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Submitted by quixote on

"Pinguis" actually means chubby. It's the same root as in "penguin," and refers to the thick leaves on the plant. (I love that word. Pinguis. Pinguis, pinguis, pinguis. :D)

Fungus gnats are all over the world. If I'm thinking of the right thing, the less complimentary name for them is scunge flies. They don't bite, carry diseases, or even bother the plants afaik. There's just the annoyance of having to walk through clouds of them in warm, damp, enclosed spaces. The pinguiculas love 'em.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

That simply looks charming in a cup and saucer pot.

I'm dying to touch the "disgusting" leaves.
Will be on the look out for such a plant.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I find that potting soil usually comes with fungus gnat "bonus". A good way to discourage them is to add a layer of sand over the potting soil. I think it's to discourage the flies from laying eggs.