As with all bladderworts (Utricularia), the carnivorous activity
occurs beneath the soil surface. Little bladder-like structures along
the plant's roots capture teeny-tiny soil critters, such as nematodes.
While this might not be terribly exciting for most first-time growers,
many growers have come to appreciate bladderworts for their beautiful
Utricularia longifolia is regarded as an epiphytic bladderwort, so it's grown in a very airy mix of sphagnum moss and perlite. Every winter, we allow the medium to dry slightly to mimic the dry season during the winter months in its native habitat in Brazil. This triggers the plant to produce gorgeous orchid-like flowers.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 4-inch pot in a medium of sphagnum moss and perlite. Clumps are approximately 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. Flowers are likely not present at the time of shipping due to their seasonal nature. Second photo is representative of plants for sale.
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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.
Tolerant of very cool temperatures, but protect from frost.