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    that sounds very promising! i would suggest: Sarracenia leucophylla---stunning leaves and dark red flowers. i'd also suggest S. flava but knowing that the flowers smell like cat urine would probably repel diners.
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    If the indoor plants have access to direct sunlight through some windows, I would recommend some D. Capensis for sure. I've seen that thing survive outside in direct sun, partial shade, under grow lights, and under my big nepenthes' leaves.

    CP's are a very expensive way to control pests though IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
    If the indoor plants have access to direct sunlight through some windows, I would recommend some D. Capensis for sure. I've seen that thing survive outside in direct sun, partial shade, under grow lights, and under my big nepenthes' leaves.

    CP's are a very expensive way to control pests though IMHO.
    Though a well kept capensis would do more than that... they can be beautiful and would certainly attract attention from the kids. Might even get some publicity as the restaurant that uses cps against insects.
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    Pings aren't rlly expensive, they are so easy to propagate.
    I started with 1 common gardencentre clone last year and got 10 plants now without even trying.

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    Don't forget that these plants are intended for an indoor application.

    IMHO, Your best bet would be Nepenthes ampularia. It is, I believe, the most shade tolerant species. But it needs high humidity. It would still need to be by some windows, and would need some SERIOUS acclimating, but if you keep it cozy in there, and give the plants lots of time and TLC, maybe they'll work out.

    Perhaps if you put in high intensity spot lights over each plant? That might let you keep some forked dews, MUCH easier plants than the tropical N. ampularia.
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    Problem is that you will have containers of rotting flies, whether you go for sarracenia, or whatever.

    Not good for a restaurant.

    Nobody will certainly want to eat near sundews covered in dead insects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    that sounds very promising! i would suggest: Sarracenia leucophylla---stunning leaves and dark red flowers. i'd also suggest S. flava but knowing that the flowers smell like cat urine would probably repel diners.
    no reason to let them flower in the first place..
    S. flava would be a fine choice..

    but im also iffy on this project..
    I doubt it will really make a noticable impact on the amount of flies..
    and its unlikely the plants will be able to have proper growing conditions..

    I wouldnt recommend trying it..

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    Flypaper's probly yer best bet to control flys... they are pretty strong insects.
    Pings and small dews are no good.
    Venus FLYTRAPS seems to work better than my large Regias at catching flys and you can fit quite a few more in the same space.
    Sarr's while big, seem to attract insects with more of a sweet-tooth like Hornets and whatnot and even my big Neps seem to not really attract flys too much.

    Truth be told, FLYTRAPS & Regias seem to attract & catch the most flys in my experience. Flytraps would be more of a bargain, easier to get, you can get a lot of em and they are quite tolerant of a wide range of conditions... I would say go with what should be the most obvious.
    Plus large Regias are hard to come by and care for and it would probably be a bit distracting to the diners having flys struggling for hours all over the Regias.

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