I recently bought some basil in a pot from the supermarket because they were in the discount section. It was cheaper than buying than the cut herbs in a package. I took them home, split the pot and repotted into two pots so they could flourish. After about a week, I noticed little fungus gnats. Not unusual when buying store herbs in pots in my experience. They are annoying and kind of gross to look at. I know there are a dozen of ways to get rid of them, but instead of replacing the soil or spraying some sort of organic pest control, I decided to get some carnivorous plants. I got a trio: Venus flytrap, Pitcher Plant and a Sundew.
I did some homework because I do not have too much experience with them, so I am determined to keep them alive. Carnivorous plants are an amazing work of nature. They receive all their nutrients from the insects they eat so no fertilizer required. I do use rainwater and keep their soil very damp by watering from underneath to emulate the boggy environment they are adapted to. I have not had them for a full season, but it is the winter I am concerned about so keep an eye for an update in the Spring. I read on Tom’s Carnivores website that they need the cold and short days to go dormant and the leaves will go black and die back. I know I am going to hate that, but I shall persevere.
I placed my “Trio” around the herbs and after a day I only saw a few lone surviving gnats probably wondering where their flying friends were. I do not know if the Pitcher Plant ate as I could not really see down their mouths. The Venus Flytrap I am assuming was not hungry (I have had to artificially feed this since– gross), but the Sundew was littered with winged carcasses. It is a bit disturbing, but so satisfying to see the number of insects that were caught in their sticky tentacles knowing they were at one time swarming about my basil. I felt (I know I am a but crazy) happy knowing I did not use any chemicals and was feeding another plant baby.
FYI, I made a tomato basil marinara sauce and added extra basil.