Ghosts in the Greenhouse!

We’re past the Halloween ghost season but there are ghosts in my greenhouse.

I went in one night to check on the plants and lo and behold, tiny little invertebrate eating ghosts floating above the water of the old cadaver tray we use to keep the carnivorous plants in.

Tiny ghost bodied flowers.
Tiny ghost bodied flowers.

Utriculuria pubescens is a small Utric that has tiny circular shaped leaves; it can grow terrestrially and epiphytically.

Little ghosts, floating through the shadows of the night!
Little ghosts, floating through the shadows of the night!
Looking around for its next victim!
Looking around for its next victim!
Although small, this is one of my favorite Utricularia, from the adorable tiny leaves to its spooky bullseye ghost flower, everything is perfect in my opinion – of this Utricularia.
The flowers are almost iridescent at night.
The flowers are almost iridescent at night.

I found that this Utric grows happiest (for me) deeply submerged in water, it spreads more quickly and flowers more often. This Utricularia does not grow deep into pots like many Utricularia do, it’s bladders stay very surface level, so you can use a more shallow pot if you like.

Looks like they’re trying to fly up into the sky
Ghosts stay in groups!

I grow them in part sun to shade conditions. They get tons of bright light but not direct scorching sun. They also stay cool, it never gets above 80F and they seem to love it.

Hiding behind dead flowers.

I use a medium of peat moss and pumice with a bit of sand, they seem to like this. I’m sure a peat/sand or even a pure peat medium would work fine as long as they’re hydrated all the time!

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Just wanted to post some pictures of U. pubescens that can be admired by everyone and that does them justice. Great Utricularia to grow.

Probably my favorite shot.

Probably my favorite shot.

Let me know if you have questions on growing this wonderful plant!

To view all my photos of U. pubescens, scroll through the slideshow!

Utricularia pubescens

2 comments

    • Lulu Megan says:

      They’re hard to find, sometimes I see them up on ebay, but I’ve done a lot of propagation and plan on selling some chunks off soon 🙂

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