Frail Triggerplant

Bang! Here comes the triggerplant!
Common name : Frail Triggerplant
Scientific name : Stylidium debile
Family : Stylidiaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Small pots
Small pots
Stylidium debile - the frail triggerplant - is a carnivorous, dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the genus Stylidium, endemic to coastal areas of Australia. It is an herbaceous annual plant growing up to 15 to 30 cm, with oblanceolate or obovate leaves forming a basal rosette with or without stems, 10–25 cm long inflorescences with pink flowers that bloom year-round in their native range. It is one of the few Stylidium species that is available in cultivation and is grown in similar conditions to tropical Australian Drosera.


Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11a
Height 10 - 180
pH 6 - 7

Plant my frail triggerplant

Native to coastal regions of Australia, the triggerplant is mostly cultivated under shelter - it needs more than 5 ° C to grow. Plant it in a mixture of peat and non-calcareous sand. You will have to find a place with a dim light, and a rather small pot. To plant in open soil - if you are in a mild climate - plant in acid soil, rather cool, in full sun, every 20 cm.

Water my frail triggerplant

The soil should always remain moist during the growing season, from March to October, so water frequently.

Take care of my frail triggerplant

To stimulate the formation of traps, regularly prune the emerging flower stalks and dead leaves.

Repot my frail triggerplant

At the end of winter every year, transplant your plant in a pot slightly larger than the current, with a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts.

Check on my frail triggerplant

If some leaves darken, it's usually fine . However, if the majority of the plant begins to darken, it is because its roots receive too much moisture. It is then necessary to repot your triggerplant in a mixture of peat and healthy sand. Some gardeners advise to soak it in a fungicide during the operation; it's up to you to see if you support chemical solutions.

Put outside my frail triggerplant

Put them out for summer - in full sun ... And water them often!

Shelter my frail triggerplant

You must get your triggerplant inside before the winter! Bring it in a room protected from freezing, ideally around 15 ° C. Start reducing watering gradually until the vegetation stops. With a small pruner for indoor plants or a pair of scissors, cut all the leaves as they die. Leave the plant in its pot and place it in an even cooler room, between 5 and 10 ° C. If you do not have enough cold room to keep your rhizomes, you can put them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. The temperature - between 5 and 10 ° - suits them.

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