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Thread: Feeding: How often?

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    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
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    Yeah I've had plants like that and nothing bad ever happened...

    Maybe they have an eating disorder? You know obesity is a big problem in america.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daecon View Post
    How regularly should I make sure my Venus Flytrap has a bug to catch? A couple of nights ago there was a big moth on the windowsil, so I brought Diana out and held held her over the moth with the trap ready to close... and CHOMP!

    Then just now there was a huge housefly buzzing about in my room, so I closed the door so it couldn't escape, and got a glass and (after several attempts) contained the fly after it had landed... and held the glass over another trap. After a few minutes the fly walked into the trap and CHOMP!

    But I have no idea how much they should have to catch. Fortunately it's summer in New Zealand so Plant Food is flying around in abundance.

    But I'm also thinking about what will happen in the winter, when there aren't really any flies around for her... would she die without enough food, so should I make sure she has plenty to eat now, or let her have an average of one bug a week...?


    There is no need to feed them. Just give them plenty of sun, they'll be just fine. Once outside after last frost it'll get all the bugs it wants. The Sun will feed it until then.

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    VFT and Drosera lover vft guy in SJ's Avatar
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    I dunno if you can actually overfeed a VFT. I have on many occasions seen my plants with zero open traps at all. They always just chug right along.

    Its summer in NZ right now so if its at all possible I suggest you put your plant outdoors and let it catch its own food. VFTs can tolerate temps anywhere from about 0c to about 42-45c and extremely low humidity. Keeping them outside will also allow them to enter dormancy on their own and now is the time to start thinking how you are going to handle dormancy for your plants.

    Good luck
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    well...one thing is again for sure.....if they get enough sun...VFT's in wild do and have enough energy to take them through all these processes. In cultivation and especially under measley light setups...it is a problem :S

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    Hello Daecon

    As many have said, you do not have to feed your VFT. 1) They catch food on their own 2) They can live just fine without any bugs at all.

    One of the best ways to have a happy VFT is to duplicate how it lives in its native habitat....sunlight, moisture, feeding, soil. If you leave the traps to catch what they will naturally, you will have nothing to worry about. It will neither be underfed nor overfed.

    So...no worry about "how often" and "how much." Just set your plant outdoors (if possible) and let it do its thing.
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