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    Hey guys, for my birthday this past july i recieved a 3 pack of vft's. One typical, one dente, and one red dragon. upon receiving them, they were all in terrible shape (from being shipped) I quickly repotted them in perlite/peatmoss/lfs mix and got them in the sunlight. The first sets of new growth on all of them seemed to fall victim to the sunlight, but now the tyical plant has 3 small traps that are almost open, the dente has one large still growing, but healthy, with one tiny sprout in the ground, and the red dragon doesnt seem to be doing anything. It hasnt lost it's color, and there is a shoot, but it hasnt grown at all. i don't see any new shoots and i'm beginning to wonder if the plant thinks it's dormant, or possibly something else? They are potted in 50/50 peat moss/lfs, with some perlite sprinkled in there, and kept outside, in an area that is shaded after 3 oclock. my other plants, Drosera Intermedia and a Sarracenia are growing beautifully in this weather. In fact, a pitcher opened in front of my eyes yesterday, it was awesome! and my D. Intermedia is producing flowers! Also i water with bottled distilled water from the local grocery store. Any thoughts guys? Thanks In advance!

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    It sometimes takes VFTs a while to adjust to new conditions, particularly after transplanting. You say they were in terrible shape when you received them. The 'Red Dragon' may have been more damaged than the others. Also, 'Red Dragon' generally needs more light than the greener plants because the red anthocyanin in the leaves tends to reduce photosynthesis. Give your plants a bit more time to recover. A month is not very long for a damaged and shocked plant.

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    Hi Bob

    I'm not sure anthocyanins inhibit photosynthesis. Red Dragon just seems to be slightly less fast growing for genetic reasons.
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    I found that to be true for my VFTs too. The Dente variety seem to be growing the fastest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Alvin Meister @ Aug. 09 2006,11:37)]I'm not sure anthocyanins inhibit photosynthesis.
    You are absolutely correct. I must have had a brain lock with my fingers typing faster than my brain. Anthocyanins tend to block UV radiation and have no effect on photosynthesis.

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    My dente seems to be growing strong also, but the red dragon is just lagging :-/

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    Yeah, same with mine. It also seems like my dente's better at catching bugs than my red dragon. =/ In fact, my red dragon has yet to catch any bugs. My dente has caught at least 3 on its own.

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    hey guys...just out of curiousity...where did u get the 3 pack from

    I wouldn't mind getting more varieties for my collection. (well...hopefully they grow and live)

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