When I saw a packet for growing 'Flesh Eating Plants', I was there! My very own triffids! The pack tried to talk them up, giving them names like scary ghost and bodysnatcher. These are actually pitcher plants (Sarracenia leucophylla) and sundews (Drosera capensis), insect eating plants. The third plant included was the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), which didn't get an extra scary name. Maybe they're scary enough already.
This post is stage one of my carnivorous empire - setting up the seeds.
Reviewing the Kit
The kit is produced by Vesutor. It comes with a small propagator, three packets of seeds and a bag of sphagnum/silver sand compost. Despite the funny names for the plants, the kit is pretty good on giving the correct advice. They warn aspiring triffid farmers to use acidic water.
Always Follow Instructions
I followed the instructions to the letter, apart from the bits where I didn't. It seemed weird to make watering holes in the bottom of the tray after the seedlings were growing. I did it before I started. I also didn't put the pitcher plant seeds in the fridge for four weeks... they were in there for one. It's the sundews I'm after, so I'll take the chance that the pitchers won't grow.
Stage One of World Domination Complete
They're planted and ready to go! I have a bottle of rainwater ready. I hear these grow as slowly as the publishing industry moves. So it'll probably be weeks till I know if anything's going to happen. If they do, I'll post some baby triffid photos to aww at. I wonder when they'll start slaughtering flies with their little acid digesters? I'll be a proud triffid farmer that day.