I spied this fabulous pitcher plant at the Farmers Market Saturday. It is a carnivorous plant that attracts insects into its amazing hanging vessels; the insects are then digested by the plant. It was priced way beyond my budget and I am not the most reliable house-plant gardener, but when the vendor told me it is low-maintenance AND it attracts, traps and consumes fruit flies I was persuaded. With all our tomato processing, garden melons, jam-making and kitchen compost container, fruit flies have been a constant battle. I am hoping this plant will be a more effective fruit fly trap than the device I made from a soda bottle.
We hung the pitcher plant in the window corner of our kitchen -above the fruit bowl - and I made sure there was a half inch of water in each of the pitchers, as directed. An hour later I peered inside one of the pitchers and sure enough, there were already a few doomed fruit flies inside!