Spooky Ghost Plant
The Spooky Ghost plant also known as the white pitcher plant is a tall and graceful trumpet pitcher plant that will grow “tube like traps”. They can be highly variable with respect to its pitchers, with plants reaching almost 1 metre in height, while others can be diminutive. They have ferocious appetites, often consuming hundreds of flies, which are attracted by their dripping nectar. The victims slip down the slimy surface of the mouth and tumble deep into the pitcher where they are imprisoned by the downward pointing hairs that trap them ready for slow digestion.
How To Grow Your Very Own Spooky Ghost Plant
Empty the compost into the pot and thoroughly wet the compost, using rainwater, distilled water or filtered water.
Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the compost and lightly press and smooth the soil surface with the back of a spoon to ensure the seeds have good contact. Check seeds stay on the compost and not on the back of the spoon! Do not bury the seeds. It is a good idea to record the date of sowing.
Sarracenia seeds germinate best if you mimic their winter natural habitat. Therefore, cover loosely with a clear plastic bag and place in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 4 weeks.
Remove from the refrigerator and place the pot on a small saucer part filled with water and continue to cover it with the plastic bag. Keep this in a warm, bright location away from direct sunlight at an ideal temperature of 20*C (70*F).
Remove the plastic bag when first seedlings appear (6-8 weeks), and continue to add water to the saucer to ensure the plant does not dry out. Never water from the top of the plant.
Once the young pitcher plants are formed, they can be transferred to larger 7.5 cm pots to prevent overcrowding. Each year the traps die down, but will grow bigger the following year. In winter the plant becomes dormant, so reduce watering to prevent rotting and keep it just damp in a cool place with no central heating.
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