- Many are also natives of the Caribbean islands, Central America, and subtropical regions of Florida, with a smattering of species in South America.
- They come in all shapes and sizes and some varieties grow as rosettes of broad leaves over half a foot across, while others are barely an inch wide.
- Some of the rarer ones have long, narrow, upright leaves, which make them look more like sundews than butterworts.
- Their variety is astounding, linked by the common theme of conspicuous, orchid-like flowers.
- Each variety, species, and hybrid has its own distinctive flower.
- These plants don’t require fertilizer.
- Grow it in the direct morning sun and dappled sun during the rest of the day.
- Avoid the blazing hot afternoon sun during the summer months – this will stress tropical Pinguicula and could cause them to shrink in size.
- Unlike most other carnivorous plants, tropical butterworts are prone to rotting if the soil is too wet.
- Keep the soil moist by top watering whenever the topsoil begins to feel dry.
- It’s alright to pour water over your plant and mucilage washed off the leaves will be replaced within the day.
- Avoid letting the soil dry out completely
- Use a coarse mix of one part sphagnum peat and two parts perlite.
- Never use potting soil or fertilizer; they will kill your plant.