Cold weather carnivores come inside

Pitcher plants fill the house

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A refreshing blast of northern winter air feels good—for a couple days. For so many of our beloved green friends however, it can be very harmful. The very southern tip of Florida is at an interesting botanic intersection: we are the northern range of many tropical plants, and the southern extreme for many temperate plants.

These tropical Nepenthes pitcher plants don't love the cold, but especially do not like low humidity. When the temp nears 50, I take them inside:

This is my bathroom full of pitcher plants. I do enjoy having them so close, but they can't wait for higher temperatures and humidity outdoors.