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    Hey, my spath has a baby growing off the flower. My question is do I need to cut the flower and try to lay it on the soil so it will grow or is it lost. Will it just fall of the flower when the flower starts to die. I'm gonna try to get a picture of it. It is the tiniest thing I've ever seen. If I hadn't been looking at it with a magnifying lamp I would've never known. Thanks, Shauntell

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    I would just let it grow.

    When it gets larger, it will fall over....just have some oil ready.

    They seem to grow really fast on the flower scape ( or spike )

    I would cut it only when the scape turns brown

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    VFT's flower stalk will bend over to the ground and kinda plant the baby so that it starts to root before the stem dies.
    if it will bend over some without breaking it might be a good idea to put some planting medium under it. I dunno, my sundew doesn't do that.

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    Quote (jaie @ Sep. 25 2002,07:18)
    I would just let it grow.

    When it gets larger, it will fall over....just have some oil ready.

    They seem to grow really fast on the flower scape ( or spike )

    I would cut it only when the scape turns brown[/QUOTE]
    Oil? Whats that for?
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    Thank you. I've read about a lot of people getting them on their plants and then when it happened to me I was at a lost. Why does this happen? And yeah, what do you mean by oil.

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    Some dendrobium orchids will do this whenever they get overwatered before flowering. I would guess it is somehow genetic, with some kind of a trigger, though I don't know what triggers it in sundews. I really doubt it would be overwatering though. It might be something that could use a little bit of study, it would certainly be interesting to know.

    I would guess the oil comment was a joke - baby oil?
    Or I may be a bit confused on that as well.

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    i know that in phalanopsis orchids if the plant is really old it produces those offshoots, could be the same in sundews. Is it a very old plant?

    cheers,

    Joel

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    I have no idea. I got it from Home Depot which means gublers. I know that it is full grown and it flowers constantly. Other than that.... How do you tell how old a plant is. If it's from gublers I don't think they would keep their plants around too long before jsut getting thme out on the market. It was flowering when Ibought it though..... Thanks to everyone.

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