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Thread: My VFT's; Are they healthy?

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    Hey guys, I just took a new round of photos of my VFT's. They appear to be growing well, although maybe a bit slow. The one I am concerned about is the Red dragon. What you see is all it has to show for almost 3 weeks of growth. Any thoughts?

    My potting mix: (With some perlite on the side)

    Dente & Red Dragon:

    Typical Dionaea:

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    make sure the schultz doesn't have any added fertz.

    it's most likely just stress.

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    Looks like they're plugging along just fine. If you're beating entropy, so that's step 1. Just let 'em keep on growing and after a while you'll have something more to look at. If you're losing leaves faster than they're growing, then you may have a problem.
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    I'd check the peat for slow release fertilizer pellets. They'll be little yellowish pellets about the size of a BB. I have had a lot of problems with Schultz brand being comtaminated with fertilizer and other "junk". VFTs seem to be particularly sensitive to even trace amounts of these pellets in the bag. I have quit using any of the prepackaged sphagnum peat and use the bailed sphagnum peat instead. So far this year I haven't found any pellets in that.
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    Also, I would be suspicious of the "Green Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss". If it was dry and in a bag, it probably would be a light brown color. If it is green, it may have been dyed green. Your photos do show some green moss, but is it alive or just green?

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    I believe it's just green... do i need to repot?

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    Does the bag list the ingredients? If it is just LFS then that is all that should be listed. What kind of water are you using (tap, RO, distilled, etc.)? I wouldn't get to worried unless it starts declining. Slow growth can also be the result of transplant shock. Either from root disturbance from transplanting to a new pot or a change in growing locations or a combination. Such as from the store to your window. The change in light levels and humidity can be dramatic in some cases. Plants need time to adjust to these changes in their environment.
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    I can check the ingredients when i get home, and post them. I'm using gallons of distilled water purchased from the local jewel food store. When I replanted them from the package they came in, the roots were bare when i planted them, so this type of transplant i'm sure would take longer than if some of the potting mix remained intact on the roots? also, they did move from store shelves/usps boxes to my patio near chicago IL

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