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    Hi,

    This might be common knowledge, but has anyone felt that their Red Dragons aren't as robust as typicals, dentes, etc? Grown in the same conditions, it seems the Red Dragons always are a bit more stunted, produce smaller traps, and grow slower than their normal counterparts. They also seem to bounce back from being flooded a lot slower. Thanks.

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    Mine has acted funny ever since I got it. I repotted it into an oversized pot this season in hopes of appeasing it. When I got it last year it looked OK; the leaves were small but upright and with relatively large traps. But after I took it home it seemed to be unhappy and the leaves got smaller - first the traps became tiny, then the leaves hardly had traps at all, and then even the petioles started to come out smaller until it looked like a 1:3 scale model of the flytrap I had purchased. It overwintered fine, although it's quite diminutive, and this year it seems to be slowly picking up the pace. But my Green Dragon which I acquired at the same time is the same way, and I recall going through similar troubles with my Dentate when I brought it home last year. I've attributed it to the small containers I recieved my traps in - now they all go into pots with a minimum of five inches soil depth.
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    They might grow a little slower then most VFT's, but not much.

    The one VFT that I have found to be extremely slow and weak is the Cuptrap.


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    I agree. There are much more robust red plants around nowadays.
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    Mine grow as fast as my typicals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (elgecko @ May 06 2006,10:03)]The one VFT that I have found to be extremely slow and weak is the Cuptrap.
    Agreed. Cuptrap is a weaker plant than most and Wacky is a step or 2 weaker yet. I'm amazed at Bob Z's Wacky plant - largest I've seen in pics.

    My Red Dragons seem as robust as the others
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    Here's my theory, for what it's worth. The red coloration (anthocyanine?) protects and shields the plant from intense sunlight, and is an adaptation of certain strains of VFT to growing in an environment with relatively more intense light. It's kind of like a suntan on a human--


    However, VFTs, like all (?) plants, need light to produce food via photosynthesis. When the plant is shielded from some of the light, less photosynthesis occurs, which means that the plant produces less food for itself. So in lower light, a red VFT will grow more slowly than a green VFT, everything else being equal, because it produces less food. But it can tolerate--and needs--more light than a green VFT.

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    With so many different red dragon clones going around these days, there are sure to be some weaker strains and some very strong ones as well. I have several from different sources and some grow ok, while others make one inch traps on a regular basis.
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