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European Aldrovanda vesiculosa

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Aldrovanda vesiculosa 'Europe'

The Water Wheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) is also called the Venus Fly Trap of the water. It is one of the few carnivorous plants capable of swift motion.

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Price: € 10.00
Aldrovanda versicolosa
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Plant type
carnivorous
Place
indoor
Place
outdoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
1 cm
Light
full light
Light
semi sun
Watering
high
Properties
non-edible
Properties
botanical

Product info

The Water Wheel plant looks really special because every leaf ends in a snare. The snares themselves look like the snares of the Venus Fly Trap : a bear trap-like snare which snaps shut to catch an insect. The plant itself will grow to about 15 centimetres high. Its natural habitat is in Southern Europe, Asia, Australia and North Africa. The Aldrovanda vesiculosa lives in slightly acid water and poor in nutrients which makes it necessary for the plant to catch insects to supplement its diet. This Araflora plant is for decoration only not for consumption.

Height:
6 cm
6 cm
Width:
1 cm
1 cm
Adult height:
10 cm
10 cm
Adult width:
1 cm
1 cm
Flower colour:
White
white
Flower period:
July-Aug
July-Aug
Temperature winter:
-10°C
-10°C
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Carnivorous
carnivorous
Growth habit:
Creeping
creeping
Properties:
Non-edible
non-edible
Growth rate:
Slow
slow
Properties:
Botanical
botanical
Araflora info:
Limited
limited
Natural habitat:
Europe
Europe
Altitude range:
0-500 m
0-500 m

Plant care

It can be quite a challenge to cultivate an Aldrovanda vesiculosa plant. If the water quality is just right, the Aldrovanda will flourish and will prove a very special plant to grow. The plant does well in full sun preferring warm surroundings. You can cultivate this carnivorous plant in an aquarium at home or in a pond. Important for the Water Wheel plant is water with few nutrients and a low pH. The amount of nutrition in the water can be lowered by introducing some other water plants and by the use of rain-water. Water plants absorb the nutrients out of the water. On the other hand fish and other animals always discharge nutrients into the water, which leads to the quality of the water being less well-suited to the Water Wheel plant.

Care:
Difficult
difficult
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Place:
Outdoor
outdoor
Light:
Full light
full light
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
High
high
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Day temperature:
15-25°C
15-25°C
Night temperature:
15-20°C
15-20°C
Temperature max:
30°C
30°C
Temperature min:
-10°C
-10°C
Fertilize:
None
none
Artificial light height:
10-30cm
10-30cm
Soil ph:
<6
<6
Soil type:
Water
water
 

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