Carnivorous Plants with Tamara Urben-Imbeault.

Carnivorous plants. The name alone sparks the imagination to life with images of what this diverse and interesting group of plants are capable of. On this episode of Down the Garden Path, we're joined by Tamara Urben-Imbeault from Plantzza Hut to teach us about selecting, caring for, and growing these amazing plants as she introduces us to the wonderful world of carnivorous plants..

About our guest, Tamara Urben-Imbeault - Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tamara is a landscape architect and owner of Plantzza Hut, a plant nursery in Toronto. Specialising in carnivorous plants, Plantzza Hut’s little green monsters range from hungry and strange to ravenous and downright deadly… For insects! Each plant has been expertly grown by local hobby growers in Toronto and the GTA. Appearing regularly at plant markets around the city, Tamara seeks to provide affordable entry level carnivorous plants as well as rare and harder to find species for collectors.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Tell us what inspired you to found Planzza Hut.

  • How are carnivorous plants different from what we might consider a “traditional plant”?

  • What do carnivorous plants eat?

  • How do carnivorous plants attract their prey?

  • If we don’t have insects to feed them, how can we keep them healthy?

  • What are some of the common carnivorous plants people find in garden centers?

  • How many different species are there and where are they native to?

  • In Ontario, we know carnivorous plants to be tropical indoor plants. Are there any that are hardy here?

  • What are some of your favourite carnivorous plants?

  • How are carnivorous plants produced? Is it the same way annuals and perennials are started in the nursery?

  • Carnivorous plants indoors: how do we care for them? Is it easy?

  • What are some of the common pests and diseases that affect carnivorous plants?

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Resources mentioned during the show

Season 9, episode 21 - June 12th, 2023.

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