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By Joooooms1
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Recently have gotten a few more Cps for my birthday but have not gotten a utricularia yet.Just wondering how do people feed it / how does it even trap its prey? I've read online that they trap their prey using their roots but the ones I see in store are planted in peat/sphagnum moss
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By Greenthumbs Garden
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are Utricularia not water plants? I would love to get a utricularia aurea or some other bladderworts. I plan one day to make a little planted shrimp tank which would be awesome to have a bladderwort inside. I think they feed on water fleas and other tiny hatchlings that can fit.
By Lain
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There are aquatic types as well as terrestrial types. I'm dying to get my hands on a sandersonii otherwise known as "angry bunny" someday. They're so cute!
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By optique
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I have U. gibba in my aquarium. At least monthly I remove all i can find. Its such a weed even in hard water that I fertilize twice a week.
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By Greenthumbs Garden
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those look amazing!! I love it, so they just grow in amongst the sphagnum moss then? and where are the traps?
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By NightRaider
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Pretty sure I didn't take a picture of sandersonii when I repotted it, but here's longifolia which looks basically the same besides having slightly larger traps. You can see the small white bubbles pretty clearly against the dark peat here.
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By Greenthumbs Garden
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@NightRaider, oh wow that's amazing, so they are the little traps underground? I have never heard of this.
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By steve booth
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You don't normally feed Utrics prey, their traps are far too small (microorganisms) and the trapping mechanism stimulation with prey adjacent would be difficult due to the speed of the trap, but you will find that they get by just fine on their own.
And yes in terrestrial Utricularia the traps are underground catching whatever tiny critter is unlucky enough to get too close.

This is a U. reniformis
https://www.google.com/search?q=utricul ... 4kcWSqN0fM
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Steve
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By Supercazzola
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Some folks will take water from a local pond, and use that for watering because the microorganisms in the water can provide some food. I don’t. Some photos of different types I grow.
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By tommyr
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I've never fed my utrics. I have Sandersonii, Reniformis and Livida. I hear max sea can be used but I've never tried it.
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By Supercazzola
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Panman wrote: Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:34 pm I have the ubiquitous subulata and have yet to see it flower. There are flower stalks and seeds, but I don't see the flowers.
it took some time for me. I had lots of pods without ever seeing flowers. then all of a sudden some yellow flowers (ignore the hitchhiker drosera) - black glove to provide contrast. hopefully you can see the flowers.
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By sundew_sundae
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usually the organisms already in soil should be enough

be craeful taking wate r from pond, it may cary pessts or too much nutrients such as nitrogen
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By DragonsEye
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Panman wrote: Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:34 pm I have the ubiquitous subulata and have yet to see it flower. There are flower stalks and seeds, but I don't see the flowers.
According to Barry Rice: " If conditions are not ideal, this species will not produce its little yellow flowers. Instead it produces tiny spherical flowers that have no petals! These globular little things are called cleistogamous flowers (meaning they are closed, hidden, without petals). Sealed from pollinators, they self pollinate and subsequently open and spill forth precious seed."
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