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    Hello! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]

    Newbie here, with her very first post!

    I am Caro, I have JUST started my Venus Fly Trap obsession and it is exploding into a furious fire! I received one from Equilibrio yesterday and paid $20 (shipping costs included) and received what I thought was going to be a 6+ year old Dionaea typical, but unfortunately, had 4 or so measly, shut, 1/2 inch traps. I had already anticipated the plant to be a tiny one, but this small for a 6+ year old?? Oh well, maybe it's still Spring here in SoCal (albeit blazingly hot).

    I'm still excited and am gingerly taking good care of it nonetheless, slowly trickling bits of distilled water a few times a day, exposing it to vivid California sunlight and placing it in a glass water tray.

    Unfortunately, I wish I found this forum before I had purchased my plant from Equilibrio, evidence strikes me here that fellow fanatics and caretakers swap, sell, or give away hearty, healthy, blushed plants that seem to be a handful of years old, yielding, lush, gigantic 1-inch traps in profusion. I would have been MORE than willing to purchase a plant from an American member here. I've seen some of your pictures and was absolutely thunderstruck by the enormous, abundant traps, with the most attractive crimson colourings. (seethes in jealousy) Hence, I don't think I will be ordering from Equilibrio ever again. This website also has affordable fly traps, I wonder how young/tiny they are.

    Pictures of course, of my very first Venus Fly Trap. I am quickly going to order/purchase/find more that are older, larger, redder ASAP.

    ----------Sorry, ignore the Lost DVD set! (Crazed fan of that, too)

    Hee, so I have some general quick questions:

    1. The humidity here is approximately 50% (so says weather.com for my zip code). I still like to trickle an ounce or so of distilled water on it 4 times a day, is this too much? Or too little?

    2. Judging from my pictures, about how old would you guess my VFT to be, and how long might it take for it to reach 1 inch traps if I take care of it diligently?

    3. Would it be too much for this tiny plant if I fed it an ANT in one of its traps? (One is slowly opening back up)

    MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!

    Caro

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    Moved to introduce yourself too, since she did! LOL!!!!!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
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    Thanks!!!

    Ps. Am I allowed to ask questions about care/tips in the care and tips forum?

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    Absolutely! Now, back to your corner, and come out swingin'!!!!
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    Welcome to the very addicting world of CP's.

    It's hard to say the age of the plant, but judging from the size, if good care is provided it should be able to get 1" traps this growing season.
    I grow all my VFT's outside in full sun during the growing season, but right now they are still asleep. Lot's of snow coming down right now.
    I would not worry about feeding for a little while. Let the plant get accustom to the new growing area first.


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    Welcome to the forums Carito! You'll enjoy it here [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Hi Caro and welcome to CP... I mean TF! I wish I could say that I could determine the age of your plants - but I am not experienced in that area. A couple years ago I posed the same question and got less than conclusive assessments. I can tell you this, though: I purchased a VFT in June of 2003 and placed my plant (which seems to be about the same size and age of yours) in a well-washed plastic pretzel container. The traps were ~1/2" at purchase. I placed it at a window sill and by August the traps attained 1". Then I tried an experiment because I was going to be gone for a week. I put the lid on it to keep in the humidity and prevent water loss. Bad move! I unanticipatedly created a mini-greenhouse effect. Traps blackened and died. Subsequent traps were smaller and it took a couple more months to get the plant straightened out. What I am getting at is that humidity is over-rated and air circulation is a must. Another must is adequate lighting. Being in California gives you an advantage in that you could, if you wanted to, place your plants outside all year round. The most important factors for them, ultimately, are light, air circulation, water, and dormancy.

    As far as feeding goes, though, these plants don't need as much direct help as what we would like to offer. We tend to overfeed them and that can be detrimental. When outside / in nature, they catch what they need. As Elgecko says, it is best to give a new plant time to get acclimated.

    The fellow above me (Bugweed) is one of the foremost carnivorous plant growers (over 4 decades) and is an ecellent source of information. He is also a little north of you! FYI, there are two main carnivorous plant societies in California - LACPS and BACPS. The former is based in LA and the latter somewheres near SF. Not sure where you are from!

    This discussion forum is also an excellent source for procuring plants far beyond what the garden centers supply - and we don't sell them. The most monetary outlay is that someone may ask for shipping ($3.85) or a SASE for seeds, which is only the cost of 2 stamps and maybe a couple buck tossed inside. In other words, this hobby can be done on a shoestring budget and we have a whole mess of generous forum-folk here. Check out the Trading Post. There aren't a whole lot of offerings at the moment, but there will be, come springtime. The sponsor of this discussion forum (********** or Jungle) also sells plants online, if you desire.

    Enjoy the forum - I have!

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    Carito,
    You can learn alot of what not to do by asking that experimental crazy jimscott guy. He's got loads of stories, and quite a legacy here.

    Oh do not worry Carito, I've met Scott a few times and unfortunately he has move far away now and I can only pick on him in cyberspace.
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