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    all my plants are in a greenhouse and I feed them with dried insects . whats wrong , the food turns to fungus , it happens with my vfts , my sarrs , my sundews , cobra lily , and my butterworts . whats causing this , whats do i do ?

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    Can you be more exact in what kind of fungi? Try to remember that not all spiecies of fungi are harmfull and that a powerdry like white fuzz is normal to find on insect exoskelitons. Aside from that, I would imagin your humidity is too high.
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    Quote (Darcie @ Mar. 30 2003,1:50)
    Try to remember that not all spiecies of fungi are harmfull and that a powerdry like white fuzz is normal to find on insect exoskelitons. [/QUOTE]
    I disagree Darcie. Most fungus is devastating in CP collections and should be controlled with removal of the infested area and/or treated with a fungicide. But, some fungus is very helpful, such as the relationship with white pines I belive, the fungus lives adjacent to the roots and releases nutrients for the tree, and in return the tree gives the fungus a home. In CP's though NO FUNGUS is benifical.

    Goldtrap, sounds like you have poor air circulation. Also i find low light is a factor for fungus development.

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    Agree with you NG,

    Goldtrap I have fans in every room of my house, and they actually harm my flytraps when they are in the open, I am forced to grow them in a tank, this however took them to the other extreme, stagnant air, and they were pitiful looking.

    I added an airstone w/ pump ( you can get in the fish section of any pet store) and put it in a basi of distilled water, the stone keeps fresh air coming in, cools the tank, and keeps the humidity high.. higher than it needs to be for sure, but hte plants seem to like all the air movement.

    Hope this helps... remember also... soft bodied insects, 1/3 the size of the trap is ideal, any larger and it's just to much food.
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    No KNOWN fungis is benifitial. Their are plenty that don't care about plants, and last I heard, we have yet to find a terrestrial plant spiecies that does not work with at least one spiecie of fungi partner. It's just this is a new area of studie and most of the fungi aren't even named yet.

    Yes, fungi can be dangerious, but I've never seen that power stuff do anything but break down exoskeliton of dead bugs, and occationally hang out on long dead leaves. Heck, it probubly is shairing the bug skeliton with the plant anyways seeing as it seems to hang out inside traps.

    Granted, I'm talking about the type found in VFT's, but I can see if showing up on other plants if you have VFT's in your collection.

    I do agrea with the stagnent air/ low light though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Quote (RamPuppy @ Mar. 31 2003,04:40)
    Agree with you NG,

    Goldtrap I have fans in every room of my house, and they actually harm my flytraps when they are in the open, I am forced to grow them in a tank, this however took them to the other extreme, stagnant air, and they were pitiful looking.

    I added an airstone w/ pump ( you can get in the fish section of any pet store) and put it in a basi of distilled water, the stone keeps fresh air coming in, cools the tank, and keeps the humidity high.. higher than it needs to be for sure, but hte plants seem to like all the air movement.

    Hope this helps... remember also... soft bodied insects, 1/3 the size of the trap is ideal, any larger and it's just to much food.[/QUOTE]
    Hey, thats a cool solution to the stagnent water problem.
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    actually some fungus is benificial , some cacti such as cereus need it to turn into cereus monstera and other fungus too are helpfel . nopw about ym problem , yes i know the over feeding vft rule so i guess the problem is because it is too hot and humid in my green hosue ( my greenhouse is the type that nick hubbel and cp2k have that they brought form big lots ) . i keep the greenhosue out doors so

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    btw , the fungus looks like a fuuzt cotton .

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