nou het is een beetje chaotisch deze maand
hun maandelijkse video gaat over welke planten ze verkopen op hun plantenmarkt
maar toch nog wat info via hun nieuwsbrief gekregen:
NORTH AMERICAN SPECIES
* In the Midwest, South and East Coast, your plants are likely in full growth due to the warm weather in March and early April.
* Watch for spring-time frost that can damage new growth. Shelter your plants if nighttime frost is in your forecast. Either cover them with plastic or bring them in an enclosure for the night.
* In the Pacific Northwest, plants will have their first open pitchers by mid to late May, depending on the variety. Most temperate sundews will have opened up their first leaves by now.
* Flytraps will take off when the weather is consistently warm.
* If you have not done so yet, clip off leaves and pitchers from last season. It is natural for older leaves to turn brown right now, so clip them off as they begin to do so. This is important to give new growth as much sunlight as possible.
* It may not always be possible to do so in spring, but make sure your Sarracenia, Venus flytraps and temperate sundews are receiving full sun (six or more hours of direct sunlight). Full sun is necessary for optimal health of these US-native plants.
* Keep their water trays filled with low-mineral water. Tap water is fine if the water hardness is below 50 parts per million. If necessary, use distilled water or rainwater. If you have a large collection of plants, consider investing in a reverse-osmosis unit.
* Pay attention to aphids. They love to munch on new growth. Affected pitchers will look disfigured. If you see signs of aphids or other pests, spray your plants with an insecticide.
* Slugs also love to munch on new growth. To control these pests use slug bait. However, slug bait is toxic to carnivorous plants, so never place it on the soil surface of your carnivorous plants or in the water trays. Place it only around the water trays. If you have pets, use Sluggo®. This particular brand of slug bait is much safer to use around pets and wildlife. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
TROPICAL CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
* All tropical plants will be in full growth and may be flowering right now in response to the increase in daylight hours.
* It's normal for Nepenthes to stop producing pitchers in winter. Plants will resume pitcher production in spring as light levels increase.
* Tropical plants are also prone to pests, such as aphids, thrips and scales. Always take immediate action if you see any of these pests or suspect pests may be a problem. Pests can get out of control quickly in the home. At the first signs of pests, spray your plants with an insecticide. Watch this month's video podcast for a link regarding insecticides.
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