Good old Lowes – I went over to buy a light bulb and I came out with a light bulb and 5 carnivorous plants. I had wanted to buy some of these plants last year, hesitated and missed out on them when I went back to the store a couple of days later.
This time I knew that I had most of the items I needed to build a carnivorous plant terrarium. I had a perfect, nice, large 24-dozen-roses flower vase kicking around the back yard, some aquarium stones and sphagnum moss out in the garage cupboard and I knew where I could get some Tropical Ground Moss (Dicranum species) -- growing wild at my work place.
The plants I purchased at Lowes are grown by “Botanical Wonders” in North Carolina and what I picked out are: Purple Pitcher Saracenia purpurea, Red Pitcher Sarracenia rubra, Sundew Drosera, Tropical Pitcher Nepenthes, Venus Flytrap Dionaea Muscipula and Cobra Lily Darlingtonia californica. Basically, one of each of the plants that they had there that were different.
I do not have the Ground Moss in the photo, but you will see it the next time I write about how my terrarium is doing -- when the plants have matured a little more. As far as care goes, it is fairly easy: 1) Keep the terrarium moist (water and spritz with room temperature bottled spring water every few days.), 2) Give it 8 hours of high-bright light a day (not direct sun), and 3) Let the terrarium sit outside in a bright spot (not direct sun) during the weekend. I have my terrarium on a coffee table near a west facing window. It also receives light at night from a compact fluorescent table lamp just above it.
Oh, yeah, do not forget to put some bugs in the “Carniverium” once in a while for those man-eaters to capture and chow down on. You are on your own as to what you feed them; I am still trying to figure it out. I mean, I am not a lizard so I am not really good at hunting and catching bugs. Do not, though, feed them meat -- bugs only!