Utricularia blanchetii is about as dramatic as miniature terrestrial bladderworts can get. This gorgeous species blooms heavily, with the largest displays forming a thick forest of dense purple blooms. Most terrestrial Utricularia bear tiny flower stalks with a single dainty flower at the top, but U. blanchetii bears up to ten. Dense colonies of it can create an outstanding display, and we suspect that in aquascaping this species may have great merit.For continuous flowers throughout the year, provide warm nights above 65°F.
Flowers are lavender colored with a yellow tinge at the center, apron-like, and with a prominent spur in the back. Stalks are up to 5 inches high. The species spreads quickly through the soil.
With terrestrial Utricularia, bladder-like structures along
the plant's roots capture small animals in the soil, such as nematodes, small worms, and springtails.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 3-inch pot. Small clumps are approximately 1-2 inches in diameter and will continue to form a larger clump over time. All plants were propagated on-site from proven mother plants in our collection.
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for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.
Partial sun. A south window with several hours of direct sunlight is ideal.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost. Utricularia spread quickly through pure peat.
Tolerant of very cool temperatures, but protect from frost.