My winter garden (well, balcony) isn’t very exciting to look at right now. Most of my cacti are dormant, my Robinia tree and Amorphophallus are completely naked and the place is generally a bit of a mess. Then this guy decided to bloom in the middle of winter. The cute purple flowers add a bit of color to my otherwise grey balcony!
Last night my Pinguicula laueana caught itself some type of moth for dinner. I’m pretty impressed because until today it has only caught gnats and fruit flies. I genuinely didn’t think they were sticky enough to catch anything bigger than that.
Both of my Pinguicula love the humid Danish summer and grow at the speed of light right now. If distilled water wasn’t so expensive and hard to find, I would have a mountain of Pinguicula to protect me from all of the little annoying critters out there.
I left my two Pinguicula in the sun while I was on holiday and they had a tiny feast. These carnivorous plants are great gnat and fruit fly hunters. If placed in the sun or in a window, the sticky leaves will attract and trap small flies, which will then be digested over several days.
People like to ask me what I do in my spare time because I don’t watch TV. This is just one of many satisfying spare time activities I can come up with. Removing dead winter leaves from my Pinguicula laueana and Pinguicula “Tina”. The dead leaves just pop off, all in one go, when you pull them and you’re left with a happy, clean bowl of gnat-munchers.
The leaves on both of my plants have just turned sticky and carnivorous after a winter with dry, succulent leaves. Now I’m just waiting for the next gnat infestation, so my plants have something to eat.
Just look at these perfect flowers! There’s so many of them. I’m still not sure why they’re flowering in winter, but I don’t mind at all.
It does look like they’re going dormant soon. The leaves are getting smaller and less dewy.
My Pinguicula “Tina” has grown a cute little flower a bit out of season. All of the little gnats must have triggered it. He did feed really well out there on my balcony.
A couple of my carnivores, the two Pings (P. Tina and Laueana) and the Cephalotus are doing great outdoors. Much better than the two Nepenthes, I had to bring indoors because of the chilly nights.
The Pings are somehow still catching gnats by the dozen.
Sorry about the lack of updates lately. I hope to take more photos this weekend when I finally have some free time.
In the meantime, here’s my danger salad (Pinguicula laueana and P. tina) waking up from their winter slumber. They’re starting to catch and digest the gnats that have been flying around my apartment!
My Pinguicula “Tina” (Mexican Butterwort) is currently in its winter non-carnivorous stage (second pic) and I decided to try and propagate some of its leaves. The last couple of years I had big problems with fruit flies and gnats, so I’m going to place a Ping or two in every window. These things are savage when it comes to catching little bugs! The first pic is my Ping a couple of years ago during a bad fruit fly infestation.
You can propagate these just like succulents, but the leaves like to be kept in a humid environment. I picked a few leaves during the plant’s non-carnivorous stage, placed them on top of some moist soil (osmosis/rain water works best) without fertilizer, bagged them and placed them under my grow lights. A week later I saw the first root poke out and now, 2 months in, most of the leaves have grown cute little clones of the mother plant!
My window sill right now. Most of my cold sensitive succulents, carnivorous plants and tropical plants have been moved to this one window to soak up as much sun as they can get before winter sets in.