It is a carnivorous plant which originated from the bogs and swampland of South and North Carolina. It catches insects with its uniquely shaped section of its leaves. A Venus fly trap leaf has 2 primary regions; a broad flat end region
known as leaf base and the trapping mechanism which is known as lamina or leaf blade. Each trap has 2 to 5 trigger hairs on every lobe with 3 trigger hairs on each normal lobe. The end of the Venus fly trap is lined with finger-likecilia
or teeth which lace together when it shuts. Petiole joins the leaf blade and leaf base.
Cultivation of Venus fly trap. It requires 3 basic things to flourish:
- Soil (media)
Although Venus fly trap flourishes well under strong artificial lighting, you should give it as much light as you can from direct sunlight; at least 4 hours a day. Water your plant with pure water which have low mineral; either distilled water or rain water or other water which have low concentration of dissolved chemicals and solids. In addition, plant you Venus fly trap in a proper mix of nutrient
poor soil. You can use peat, sand, perlite and sphagnum moss combination.
If you are growing it in less than required conditions or even you want the biggest Venus fly trap possible, don’t let them flower. Cut the flower stalk off as soon as they appear because they take precious energy which could be used for making larger leaves and traps.
Why you should use clean water
Tap water is not good because it contains dissolved solids such as sodium, alkaline salts, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and chlorine which are detrimental to the health of your plant. These solids build up over time, leading to a sickly looking plant which dies eventually.
Soil for your Venus fly trap
Nutrient poor soil is very essential for the growth of Venus fly trap. In addition, you should not give it fertilizer as it will burn the roots thus killing it. However, you can use very dilute fertilizer which you can apply on the leaves of the plant but you have to be an expert before you do this. It is very risky for a beginner and it is highly not recommended. The most recommended mix medium to use when you are potting you Venus fly trap is a 1:1 (volume) mix of perlite and peat. Any brand of peat moss is acceptable but you should avoid Miracle-Gro and Scott’s as they have fertilizer which can burn the roots of your Venus plant and kill it eventually.
Venus Fly Trap – The Carnivorous Plant. Enlightening the mystery of flash destroying plant. Creature that reacts moves and functions as animal but indeed does not have a stomach.
The Venus Fly Trap amaze scientists for thousands of years. Any insect not lucky enough who settle around the bright blossom of the Venus Fly Trap one of the carnivorous plant’s traps will be very quickly trapped between bright pulps in seconds. The mysterious question is how is possible a plant with no nerves and muscles to react so fast and effectively?
How Does a Venus Fly Trap Function?
The carnivorous plant turns out the Venus fly trap as a power plant. It is able to generate signals helping to overtake the luck of musculus. From another point of view luck of stomach in not a problem as well as rich chemical substances accompany digestion processes that in most scenarios are function of stomach and digestion system .
Traps them selves are mutation of a leaves with attractive color and smell to attract potential victims. Mid-rib of the leaves function as main vein, joining the two parts. Secrete a sweet sap to attract insects. On the inside tiny sensitive parts are used as tigers. If an insect, spider or human finger touches more than one of these parts — or the same parts more than once — in the time period of a few seconds, the trap closed.
When a trap is open, each leaf is bulging in shape, its red bulging. When something triggers the trap, the sections flip to arrangement in less than a second, forming a pocket functioning as stomach.
As this electrical charge moves towards the center of the trap, it opens specific holes in the outside area of the trap, permitting the water to flow from the the inside of the parts to the outside. The dramatic change in pressure fling the parts.
Plant relies on electrical signals. Venus Fly Trap as well as all other plants don’t have nerves or even nervous systems. All plants and living cells are electrical . The main thesis is physics but also and biology and chemistry.
All cells use a membrane to separate what’s inside them from what’s outside them. Especially smallest molecules can easily entering and leaving the cell, but most of them travel through special channels found within the membrane. Most common migrants named ions. Units like potassium, calcium and chloride.
Whenever a tissue separates different groups, it creates the potential for an electrical current. Special pumps and channels acts as admission point. This regulates the flow of charged particles across the membrane. The flow in and out could be understand as electrical signals.
- Bug steps into main plant area;
- Moving in to the plant sensitive area activate sensors as first touch just trigger the trap;
- Venus fly trap is alarmed. Electrical impulse is activate trap in stand by regime;
- At second touch of the sensitive parts of the Venus Fly Trap body, the trap close it self leaving insect in between.
Once the meal or insect have been captured, the Venus fly trap starts digesting it by flowing rich of protein liquid helping to control the rate of chemical reactions. They react like acidic melting the victims and allowing the plant to absorb the substance it can’t get from the soil in which it grows. Once this process is over the plant open its trap again reactivating it for future “guests”.