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    Smile I need help!!!!

    Ok so i ordered a Dentate trap from flytrapshop and it came in on saturday (yesterday) In pretty sad shape. All of the plants leaves were drooping and i went to feed it later that day (as i noticed all of its traps were open and i wasnt sure when it was last fed) And its trap closed very slowly. I know this is probably due to shock but here comes the real problem. There was a dark red/black fungus growing on the rhizome. I never had seen anything like this. I quickly took the plant up and removed all the red and black fungus parts of the plants by hand and had to remove 2 leaves and about a fifth or sixth of its rhizome. Im growing it in a window cill, well watered using the tray method, and recieves plenty of sun light, in a peat moss and perlite sand medium. i had left the container cup it came with that was over top it (the cup that perserves humidity) on and im using the bottom watering method. I think maybe the the plant got too humid, as water droplets had formed on the cup. I was going to slowly raise it off, but when i noticed the rhizome rotting i quickly took it off to give the plant less humidity but it seems like this fungus had been growing before i got it, i doubt it grew 1/5th of the rhizome overnight. Has anyone ever had this happen before? Any praticular reason why this might happen? i found a picture of what that part of my rhizome had been looking like.
    http://hortchat.com/images/iris-borer3.jpg

    So in short, red mold/fungus/disease. I removed it. and im growing it in fairly normal conditions. My roomate said i was probably keeping the plant too wet and that it was root rot, but i was careful to keep the medium moist but not saturated. any help would be appreatiated.

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    That is just the dead old parts of the rhizome. No fungus that I can see. The plant was also dormant all winter, the leaves shouldn't be in the best shape because they are old fall leaves and should look better when it was new spring growth. Also the plant closes faster when it is warm.

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    God

    Now my face is red. The rhizome naturally dies off that color? how wierd, i was positive my plant was dieing hahaha. Sorry this is my first CP so id be really mad if it just up and died.

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    Is there a reason why your flytrap is inside? Generaly windowsills aren't great. I've gotten a flytrap to survive a season on a windowsill but they do best outside where the seasons change and the sunlight is much stronger.

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    its true, I tried windowsill VFT's when I first started and its just not really a good idea...

    there are ways to grow em indoors if thats absolutely necessary but it requires more than a windowsill unfortunately..

    VFT's are super hardy and as long as theirs living rhizome the ability to recover is always there...but its going to need much stronger light ...

    best of luck
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    you dont know, maybe where he lives its still cold

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    Halt regaurdless of whether he lives in a cold region or not he's more than likely not going to be able to grow that vft on windowsill light alone.

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    I think he meant it is still to cold to put it on the porch for the moment.

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