Before starting with the construction of a Carnivorous Plants Terrarium, the
below rules should be considered:
- Decide if the Terrarium will take place
in or outside.
Indoor Terrarium is suitable for tropical plants which require quite stable
temperature, long photoperiod and don't need winter dormancy. Outdoor Terrarium is suitable for plants which require seasonal changes of
temperature, photoperiod and winter dormancy. Growing hardy plants ( or tropical ) in
the wrong environment means to consider them annual plants.
So when you decide to start, think about the plants you'd like to grow.
Obviously, if you live in temperate areas with cool
winter and warm Summer (mediterranean like), you may decide to create a mixed
cultivation which may include hardy
and tropical plants.
For example, here (Genoa - Italy - N44° 26' E8° 48'
200m asl ), winter temperature usually don't drop under 0°C
and summer temperature don't rise over 30°C, on the other hand humidity changes from
15% to 90%. In this case it is possible to grow outdoor a wide variety of plants as the common and easy Drosera
capensis and Drosera capensis var. alba, Drosera comunis, Drosera spathulata, Drosera
binata, Drosera dielsiana,
Drosera burmannii, Pygmy sundews, Drosera adelae. Hardy drosera as the american native Drosera
filiformis and the northern Drosera rotundifolia and hardy pinguicula as Pinguicula
vulgaris and so on.
Other Carnivorous Plants take place in the same Terrarium as the
australian Cephalotus follicularis, the attactive
Dionaea muscipula, Sarracenia purpurea, , Heliamphora
heterodoxa, Heliamphora nutans, Pinguicula x weser,
Pinguicula primuliflora, Utricularia sandersonii etc.
Please note that the best results can be achieved if plants start from
seed. For example, a northern plant born in terrarium or greenhouse has more chance to survive then
plants collected in the Wild.
-Assign a place to the Terrarium. A good place for an indoor
Terrarium is far from heating and direct sunlight, avoid
also room with poor air change, dust and smoke. Like Aquarium, Terrarium
is an ornament if set correctly.
For outdoor Terrarium good place could be a porch. It's important that rain
never sprinkle any surface, remember that
electrical part are present in the tank. Also for outdoor Terrarium is
important that sunlight never hit against the glasses causing leaf burn.