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    Agree with everybody else. Your plants look to be doing fairly well. Do watch for them unusually warm days we've had. The sun will heat up your small pots REAL fast. If you have shade cloth, use it.
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    that "LEATHERY TEXTURE" is SUNBURN!!
    and its PERFECTLY FINE!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    really, seriously...its fine.
    in fact, its GOOD for your plants.
    its bad for those particulr leaves!
    but its good for the plant overall..
    (I dont think it really hurts anything..it just looks bad)
    because burning leaves indicates the plants were NOT getting enough light before, and they ARE getting enough light now!
    so those scorched leaves say you are *improving* the plant's growing conditions!

    yes, those particular leaves are burned, and they wont recover.
    but all the NEW leaves that sprout soon will be acclimated to the brighter light, and they will not be burned.
    dont take those plants out of the bright sun!
    after a few months, you will have so much new (unburned) growth that all the current burned leaves can be cut away, and the sunburn will be just a memory.

    this happens to all my VFTs and Sarracenia EVERY spring.
    because I have to overwinter my plants in the refrigrator, and they come out of dormancy in February, they have to sit inside from mid-February until about April...because February is still frigid winter around here.
    the plants sit next a sliding glass door indoors, but its still less light than outdoors..
    then, when its finally warm enough to put them outdoors 24/7 for the season, the leaves FRY in the direct harsh sun!
    but its OK!!
    really..its perfectly fine!
    because new leaves soon sprout that do not burn,
    and its *necessary* for VFTs to have as much bright, direct sunlight as you can give them..
    some people try to *slowly acclimate* their plants to brighter light so the leaves dont burn, but I say "bah" to that..
    put 'em right out in the full light!
    let those leaves burn!
    builds character! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    seriously..
    those leaves are burned.
    its fine.
    they NEED to be out in that bright sun.
    those particular leaves only burned because they were wussy leaves that had never seen that much sun before..
    your plant *as a whole* needs the bright light.
    individual leaves are expendable to the greater good.

    Scot

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    Caro, Scotty is a fantastic grower of VFT's in particular. if he says you are fine, like all the rest here and at CPUK told you, you are good to go! GROW DEM PLANTS!!!!!

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    (mistake) oops. nothing here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Feb. 26 2006,10:23)]Caro, Scotty is a fantastic grower of VFT's in particular. if he says you are fine, like all the rest here and at CPUK told you, you are good to go! GROW DEM PLANTS!!!!!

    (Worry wart!)
    AHAHAHAHAHAHA, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (scottychaos @ Feb. 26 2006,10:05)]that "LEATHERY TEXTURE" is SUNBURN!!
    and its PERFECTLY FINE!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    really, seriously...its fine.
    in fact, its GOOD for your plants.
    its bad for those particulr leaves!
    but its good for the plant overall..
    (I dont think it really hurts anything..it just looks bad)
    because burning leaves indicates the plants were NOT getting enough light before, and they ARE getting enough light now!
    so those scorched leaves say you are *improving* the plant's growing conditions!

    yes, those particular leaves are burned, and they wont recover.
    but all the NEW leaves that sprout soon will be acclimated to the brighter light, and they will not be burned.
    dont take those plants out of the bright sun!
    after a few months, you will have so much new (unburned) growth that all the current burned leaves can be cut away, and the sunburn will be just a memory.

    this happens to all my VFTs and Sarracenia EVERY spring.
    because I have to overwinter my plants in the refrigrator, and they come out of dormancy in February, they have to sit inside from mid-February until about April...because February is still frigid winter around here.
    the plants sit next a sliding glass door indoors, but its still less light than outdoors..
    then, when its finally warm enough to put them outdoors 24/7 for the season, the leaves FRY in the direct harsh sun!
    but its OK!!
    really..its perfectly fine!
    because new leaves soon sprout that do not burn,
    and its *necessary* for VFTs to have as much bright, direct sunlight as you can give them..
    some people try to *slowly acclimate* their plants to brighter light so the leaves dont burn, but I say "bah" to that..
    put 'em right out in the full light!
    let those leaves burn!
    builds character! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    seriously..
    those leaves are burned.
    its fine.
    they NEED to be out in that bright sun.
    those particular leaves only burned because they were wussy leaves that had never seen that much sun before..
    your plant *as a whole* needs the bright light.
    individual leaves are expendable to the greater good.

    Scot
    I read that to myself over and over again.

    That was extremely helpful and assuring!

    a huge, mega, uber "THANK YOU!!!!"

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    Dear everyone, thank you for consoling me!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] And that extensive help!!! How spiffy.

    here is somethign to make you laugh, as my thank you:




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    Hehehe... I think that VFT 'Giraffe' and VFT 'Celery' need to become accepted cultivars. Your plants look pretty good for garden-center finds - I'm sure you'll have lots to be proud of by the time the growing season is here.
    Happy growing!
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