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Thread: Hello! had a venus flytrap, but now ive got a ping

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    Got a few questions, second time at doing a carnivorious plant, but ive got some simple questions..

    What type of water do they take? (Distilled or tap)
    How big do they get?
    Are the same, where they are fine without bugs?
    How many hours of sunlight should they receive?
    How wet do they like it?

    (Will post pics later tonight)

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    Butterworts enjoy moist soil, but not soggy or spongy. It is recommended that the potted plant be placed in a shallow tray or dish of DISTILLED WATER no more than 1/4-1/2" deep. NEVER USE TAP WATER.Humidity & Air

    In order for the sticky film on the leaves of the Butterwort develop, a higher than average level of humidity is suggested. In addition, lower levels of air circulation assist in the production and maintenance of the dew produced by the plant. Though some species are able to produce sticky leaves in a bit less humid conditions, it is always best to have a relatively high level of humidity around the plant with less air movement. This is often achieved by placing the plant under a plastic or glass dome. If a dome or cover in not available, frequent misting may assist in dew production. Recognize that direct sunlight while under any cover or container may result in death to the plant due to higher temperatures than the plant can tolerate.

    The Butterwort plant can handle a wide variety of lighting conditions. Lighting with bright artificial lights or by bright natural light produces a healthy and rapid growing plant with plentiful sticky surfaces. It is recommended that the plant be placed in a medium filtered light (natural) or bright artificial light for best growth. Florescent lights are often used to achieve the bright red coloration and rapid growth. It is recommended to have artificial light on the plant for approximately 12-15 hours daily.
    Butterworts usually live in more mild conditions in order to keep their dew drops from evaporation. In captivity, it is recommended to keep the plants between 76 and 82 degrees.

    Small gnats and other flying insects will inadvertently land on the plant and will stick to the surface of the leaves. Small Butterworts can be highly effective bug catchers in rather large rooms. Due to the nature of feeding, it is not necessary to artificially feed these plants. NEVER FERTILIZE!

    If the leaves of the Butterwort are repeatedly tampered with, it may affect the ability to produce and adequately sticky surface on the leaves. By touching the leaves, dew is removed by sticking to the finger or object touching the plant. Tampering is not recommended.

    Butterworts show the best growth and survive the longest in acidic soil. The Butterwort kit you have includes Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss (shredded). This moss has an extremely high acid content allowing the plant to remain strong and healthy. If you choose to replant your Butterwort, you will need to use a comparable Peat Moss often found at hardware stores. Brands vary, but most Canadian types are the best growing soils. In addition, the Sphagnum Peat is VERY dense (unless using live moss) and needs sand or perlite for the root system and ventilation/drainage. If Peat moss is used without a means of drainage, the roots of your Butterwort may rot. Replacement moss and perlite may be purchased directly from this site for transplant.

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    First of all, we need pictures, certain species like more water, certain ones dont. Like P. Primufloria, they come from a place that is always flooded, so they require a much more water percentage than the regular Pinguiciula. There much different than VFT's. They dont nessecarily need higher humidity for dew to form, but without it it takes longer for dew to form. Like my P. Primufloria everyday has a full up water dish, which causes dew to form. If flowers sprout you can keep them on, mine has 4 going at the moment, and is doing fine. There flowers are actually quiet enjoyable. You can mist to add in dew production, and only feed it small prey, if you want to feed it that is. Keep it in an area where it gets shady sunlight, basically meaning it gets sun from around 11[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0 to 3[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0 and from then on it gets spots of weak sun here or there. If you need help just ask.
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