Repotting carnivorous plants - Information on the attitude in the terrarium

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Just repot carnivores
If the current substrate is still in good condition, but the plant needs a different pot or is planted in a different environment, you can repot or transplant it in a gentle way. That is, the root ball is transplanted together with the soil. The Wurzen are not confused and do not have to re-root again. They only get more scope for their further development.

1. Put some soil in the new planter.

2. Gently squeeze the old plastic pot from the outside to make the soil easier to release.

3. Gently loosen the root ball of the carnivore from the old pot. Hold the root ball with your hand so that the earth does not fall apart.

4. Put the root ball with the old soil in the prepared new pot. The top edge of the root ball should be flush with the top edge of the pot.

5. Fill the gap with new soil.

6. Lightly press the ground with your fingers.

7. Pour the transplanted plant.

8. Refill earth if the soil has compacted after pouring and gaps have arisen.

Tip: You can also use a knife to carefully walk along the inner wall of the pot and so loosen the bale from the pot, then it can be easier to remove.
Repot the carnivores and replace the substrate
Often carnivorous plants have the need to completely replace the old earth. Especially in the following cases:
  • the substrate is exhausted and begins to rot
  • rotten substrate causes waterlogging
  • There are nematodes in the substrate
  • the earth is enriched with lime and salts
Step by step, repot with complete exchange of the earth.

1. Stop watering a few days before to let the soil dry. So the earth becomes looser and does not stick so much to the roots.

2. Fill the new pot with fresh soil, leaving a hollow for the roots.

3. Take the carnivore out of the pot.

4. Gently remove the old soil from the roots.

5. Rinse off residues with water. If possible, with distilled water.

6. Dead or damaged roots can be cut off on this occasion with a sharp and clean knife.

7. Put the plant in the hollow.

8. Align the root as it has grown before.

9. Carefully replenish soil.

10. Water the transplanted plant and return to its optimal location.

Tip: If you discover small offshoots that have roots and leaves when you repot, you can take care of offspring on this occasion. Simply plant the offshoots in your own pot of carnivorous soil.

Attitude in the terrarium

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Most carnivores are kept here in pots and in normal rooms. The problem regularly is to provide the optimal conditions. Especially the necessary high humidity is so hard to reach. Especially the development of subtropical and tropical species suffers. If you want to supply your carnivorous plants optimally, you should therefore consider the purchase of a terrarium. Spring, when the plants have finished their winter hibernation and are repotted, is a good opportunity to put them in a terrarium. Either with the pot or you can plant it in the same.
Requirements for the terrarium
A glass terrarium is ideal for tropical and subtropical plant hunters. Likewise, an aquarium can be converted into a plant terrarium. A terrarium should at least provide:
  • enough space for all carnivores
  • good ventilation to prevent mold
  • Components for increasing the humidity
  • Illuminating lamps for sufficient light
Necessary elements for a terrarium
Setting up a terrarium initially costs money and time. But when it's done, it can be used for a long time. The nicest thing is, the subtropical and tropical plants will thrive much better.
  • Glass terrarium or aquarium
  • expanded clay
  • water-permeable fleece
  • special peat substrate for carnivorous plants
  • optionally an indoor fountain, stream or waterfall
  • Sprinkler or ultrasonic atomizer for larger terrarium
  • Spray bottle for smaller terrarium
  • lighting lamps
  • Hygrometer for the determination of moisture
  • Thermometer for measuring the air temperature
  • SphagnumMoos (keeps moisture well)
  • optional: natural materials for landscaping:, stones, dry branches u. Γ„.
The right location
Before you set up the terrarium, you should first find a suitable place where it can best stay all year round. It should be bright, but not too sunny.Especially in summer, the glass terrarium can heat up strongly due to strong sunlight. The temperature can quickly climb to levels that are too high for heat-loving plants.
Set up terrarium
The terrarium should be planned carefully so that the final result matches the ideas.

1. First place the water well or similar, if you have decided to do so.

2. Install the ultrasonic atomizer. (if scheduled)

3. Fill the bottom of the terrarium evenly with expanded clay. The layer should be about 3 to 5 cm high.

4. Put on it the water-permeable fleece. This prevents the soil and the expanded clay from mixing later on.

5. Water the carnivorous soil so that it is moist. Then spread a 15 cm high layer on the fleece.

6. Give over the earth a layer of sphagnum moss.

7. If the soil is humid and the water level in the terrarium is about 1 cm high, the planting can begin.

8. With natural materials, a beautiful landscape can be modeled.

Tip: The expanded clay should first be thoroughly rinsed out so that any salts and foreign substances that may be present are removed.
Plant the terrarium

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There are two ways to do the planting.

1. The carnivore remains in the pot and is used with it in the terrarium.

2. The carnivore is removed from its pot and planted directly into the carnivorous soil in the terrarium.

If the plant remains in the pot, it is buried in the soil so that it is no longer recognizable. This looks visually appealing. The advantage of pot farming is that any plant can be removed more easily when needed. For example, if she is ill. Some plants grow in the terrarium so fast that they can overgrow each other. Then, if necessary, subsequent corrections must be made. A few rules should be followed when planting the terrarium.
  • larger plants at the back, plant smaller plants at the front
  • Plants that do not like waterlogging are planted higher
  • leave enough space between the plants as they spread quickly
Which plants are allowed in?
The terrarium is mainly due to the claims of tropical and subtropical species. However, it is also possible to keep hardy species in it. It is important not to put plants with different requirements together in a terrarium. Since living conditions of both species can not prevail at the same time, one species will inevitably lose out. Even some subtropical and tropical species are only partially suitable for a closed terrarium, as they require more air circulation. Find out exactly what claims your carnivores have before moving them to the terrarium. At the beginning you should also observe how the individual plants develop in the terrarium. So you can be sure that the move was the right one for you. If a plant weakens, maybe it should be taken out again.
Hibernation in the terrarium
All carnivorous plants in the terrarium can remain in it throughout the year. It is not necessary to take them out in winter and to hibernate them elsewhere. Only sufficient lighting must be taken care of in this cold season. A lowering of the temperature may be required for some species.
Care in the terrarium
The humidity and the temperature should always be kept in mind, so that both values ​​are in the optimum range.
  • Humidity about 80 to 90%
  • Temperature at least 25 degrees Celsius
The expanded clay is a good casting indicator. Once it turns bright, it's time to water. Spent earth should be replaced approximately annually. To prevent mold from forming in the terrarium, it must be well ventilated. Plenty of light is provided by plant lamps, which are most easily controlled by a timer. Diseased plants must be removed from the terrarium so that they do not infect other plants.
Note: Watering should only be done with distilled water or rainwater because carnivorous plants can not tolerate calcareous water.

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