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    Syx, does your plants produce normal sized traps when not fertilized? VFT's shouldn't need fertilization to produce normal sized traps. The plant in the last picture doesn't look too bad, but it noticebly lacks something. It looks very green in the 2nd picture. In the first picture you gave, if you look carefully the plant has some old traps that have red margins, but the new growth in that picture is quite green. This suggests that light levels have been reduced. Also, the usual pattern for a red trapped VFT as it approaches dormancy is to deepen the red in the traps if grown in good lighting. Can you please describe your growing conditions like humidity, water level in the tray,type of water,temperature, and most importantly amount of light? How long have you had the plant? There are too many things that could affect its growth so I wouldn't act so fast as to say stick in the fridge and all will work out.
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    well...I am happy that I have finally been able to grow VFT's well so far...and especially inside a terrarium at a measly setup. I am truly well satisfied with the look of my plants and results so far. I have tried dormancy with older plants that come out by the end of this month...I have young plants off TC that have skipped dormancy this year......I feed my plants with pet store crickets and wax worms once every month.....my plants traps are amazingly responsive.....I see a right leaf shape......good decent quality plant.

    I guess glider, JLP and everyone knows that I started off with soo many questions of how to successfully grow VFT's. Some ppl said they were hard...some ppl say VFT's are easy. According my my experience so far.....they are probably the easiest of CP's. They are very responsive to environment and show u anything they find uncomfortable immediately (around 2-3 weeks ).

    I guess all I want to say is....VFT's aren't impossible. They are worth a shot....and they will always have a close place to my heart as one of the best examples of "Nature at its best".

    My next project in maybe a year and a half will be with nepenthes. and especially my most favourite plant....my holy grail...the nepenthes rajah worth 70$ at hawaiian botanicals. (my only source).



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    Looks good!

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    Thanks JLP. I guess its good to show that VFT's are not impossible. They just like most other CP's have a short comfort window. Well..obviously d.capensis is on a league of its own

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    nice plants. I'm assuming that's the same 'B52' plant that is on the pic on your site?
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    I'm jealous Vraev!

    Your plants look great. Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (uglypho @ Jan. 03 2007,7:22)]Syx, does your plants produce normal sized traps when not fertilized? VFT's shouldn't need fertilization to produce normal sized traps. The plant in the last picture doesn't look too bad, but it noticebly lacks something. It looks very green in the 2nd picture. In the first picture you gave, if you look carefully the plant has some old traps that have red margins, but the new growth in that picture is quite green. This suggests that light levels have been reduced. Also, the usual pattern for a red trapped VFT as it approaches dormancy is to deepen the red in the traps if grown in good lighting. Can you please describe your growing conditions like humidity, water level in the tray,type of water,temperature, and most importantly amount of light? How long have you had the plant? There are too many things that could affect its growth so I wouldn't act so fast as to say stick in the fridge and all will work out.
    Yes, I think it is too green. But the sun is very hot in surabaya, the surface temperature may reach over 40 degree Celsius and direct sunlight may burn the leaf. I use shade net temporary when it is clear weather.
    Before I give it amino acid solution, the traps were very small (about 10 mm) with large petiolates. After treatment, in one week the new traps has 15-17 mm length. Maybe I need to give phenylalanine to stimulate anthocyanin production.

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    Hello Syx,

    I'm looking at the climate and weather reports for Surabaya Indonesia, I see your tough situation. The temperatures look consistently high and compounded with high humidity can cause problems for the plants. However it is true that the summer months in Wilmington are similar to your climate. I've seen the weather reports for Wilmington and the temps during the summers are up in the 90's and dew point up to 74 degrees F, similar to your climate. So VFT's actually can tolerate pretty high temps.

    I do have a suggestion for your VFT. I've heard quite successful yearound cultivation of VFT's in Singapore by at least 2 growers. One of them has been doing this for 5 years. The key to growing the plant in Singapore year round was to reduce the amount of water in the tray. It seems that saturated VFT soil in hot humid conditions cause bacterial growth and overheats the plant. These Singapore growers grow their plants outdoors in nearly full exposure. I'm not sure how much water you are giving the plant, but you can try lessening the amount.
    VFT's to offer here===>http://www.phongvft.org

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