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This hands-on workshop has a twist: Carnivorous plants

Exotic Plants hosts Saturday evening class featuring bug-eating beauties

Bowl container with pitcher plants in it
The Exotic Plants bog bowl project features carnivorous plants. (Photo courtesy
Exotic Plants)

Looking for something totally different? This hands-on workshop focuses on the beauty of bug-eating plants.

Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s go-to indoor gardening store, is hosting a “Carnivorous Plant Arrangement Workshop,” featuring pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and other bug-munching flora.

Set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, the 90-minute workshop includes all the materials and plants needed for a living arrangement to take home. Price varies ($65 or $85) by choice of container; workshop participants can make a tabletop bog bowl or a mounted cork arrangement with pitcher plants to hang on a wall.

“The bog bowl class includes an American pitcher plant, Venus fly trap, butterwort and an octopus plant as well as all the materials you will need to create your own small carnivorous plant garden,” says the Exotic Plants crew.

“If that doesn’t pique your interest, there also is a Nepenthes mount class where we will show you how to mount your Nepenthes a.k.a tropical pitcher plant onto corkwood. We hope you'll join the fun, and will take a bite out of this fun class!”

Tickets are available via at .

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. .


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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