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    I was at the store the other day and I saw a VFT that sent up a flower stalk. The plant looked pretty bad but somehow it is flowering. I was thinking about buying it to practice for if in the future I want to let some of mine flower. The thing is I don't know what to do. Do I let it go and then keep checking to see if there are seeds or do I need to do something to make it make the seeds? Let me know how easy/hard it is because I might go back and pick it up.

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    Every flower has a male and female part. The anther is the male and the stamen is the female. The pollin resides on the Anther and needs to be transfered to the stamen. Thats when the magic happens and seeds start to form. In the wild this is done by the plants natural polinators. When it visits one flower it picks up the pollin, and when it travels to another flower it hopefully will pollinate the flower. I haven't seen a VFT flower in a long time, and been looking at orchid flowers lately. They are a whole nother ball game. Normaly with most flowers the anthers will be positioned around the stamen which is in the center of the flower. Just remove some of the pollin and apply it to the stamen. The flower will then dies and the ovary located at the base of the flower should begin to swell. When it is ripe it will burst open releaseing the seeds. You need to catch it right before it bursts open to harvest the seeds. You could be lucky and get a spontanious pollination, but that doesn't happen all the time. So unles you want to wait for the pollinater to do it for you, your going to have to pollinate it. Goodluck. I hope you can follow this.
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    Self-polinate it with a (natural bristle) brush or feather. Just stick the thing in the flower, and move it around. It'll get some pollen where it needs to go.

    I almost purchased myself a -giant- trapped typical VFT today since it was about to flower.

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    Vfts are always best cross pollinated with another plant. The anthers and stamens are ripe at different times on each flower to try to stop self pollination occurring naturally. You will find that the pollen is ripe first. The following day the pollen is very degraded and the stamen ripens. You can tell the stamen is ripe because the ends will have a flared look which they don't have when the pollen first ripens. Until the stamen flares any pollination attempt will be unsuccessful. If you have two flowers open together on the same plant self fertilisation is more likely to succeed because you can transfer pollen from a flower with ripe pollen to another flower with a ripe stamen. they are very easy to get to produce fertile seed, you just need to do it right.

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    Do you have to wait till next year or can you plant the seeds immediatly? I want babies now. I let my Sarrs flower and just let the seeds fall on thier own. I did not get anything till the following spring. Am I going to have to wait?
    I'm still living off the corpse of the old world.

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    VFT seeds will grow right-a-way. You should get something in about 2 weeks but mine took longer.

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    Kept until next year the seed will likely be too old to germinate. Vft seed should always be sown immediately

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    Quote[/b] (JMurphy97 @ Mar. 14 2006,2:41)]I was at the store the other day and I saw a VFT that sent up a flower stalk. The plant looked pretty bad but somehow it is flowering. I was thinking about buying it to practice for if in the future I want to let some of mine flower. The thing is I don't know what to do. Do I let it go and then keep checking to see if there are seeds or do I need to do something to make it make the seeds? Let me know how easy/hard it is because I might go back and pick it up.
    That particular plant is soooooooo stressed out that would die very son anyway.

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