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    My 1st Venus fly trap [HELP]

    Hey guys, on my birthday a few days ago, im 15, and my grandmother just bought me a venus fly trap from the local flower shop. It looks pretty hard to take care of from what I've seen.
    It came in a plastic bag which I took off, and a care sheet that didn't seem accurate.
    Can someone give me some tips on how to take care of this really cool plant?

    this is it:




    sorry for the quility. I used my dad's 1990's camera

    Oh! and I water it with this:


    just wanna know if it's the right water.
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    as long as it says distilled. your fine.

    VFT's (in my experience) are more difficult than your new D. capensis. they are more light needy, need a winter dormancy, and...for me...just plain fussy. dont let me deter you though. i live in kentucky so my growing conditions are very different from yours.
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    Well... thanks, I leave this outside on my Balcony and I leave my D. capensis on a dusty window sill. I don't know if they will live long.

    That Distilled water was $2.00 -_- it doesnt even taste good(believe it or not water has taste)..at least its good for my plants. Long Beach..... it used to be 90 cents.
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    Ever noticed how monotypical genera are SO temperamental for some people? Cephalotus, Aldrovanda, Dionaea, Darlingtonia, they are just those fussy plants for some people. Am I the only one that's noticed this with monotypical genera?

    Put them both in full sun. Aclimate if you want. I don't but then again I have more experience than you do. That water is expensive, try a RO refilling station and bring your own container. It doesn't taste good because it's devoid of minerals.

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    well...I pay 99 cents for a 4L of distillled water. Find the cheaper brands in price chopper or food basics. Always look for distilled or RO water with ppm<10 or so.

    About VFt's, I find them personally not at all fussy! I guess each one has his own "genus" of speciality ! However, I still have to try dormancy with the majority of my plants.

    In anyways...I recommend that you put them in a "bright, SUNNY spot". If you get direct sunlight in your balcony for like 6 hrs...your VFT will thrive as long as you water it well. And for that...VFT's don't care too much. use a tray under the pot...fill it with water and leave it be. Make sure that you don't trigger the traps un-necessarily as it costs the plant energy.

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    hahaahaha! I am trying my best to care for them, but my parents won't help me which I think is funny Just today they got mad at me for going out and buying distelled water for my CP's xD

    please, any other suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    well...I pay 99 cents for a 4L of distillled water. Find the cheaper brands in price chopper or food basics. Always look for distilled or RO water with ppm<10 or so.

    About VFt's, I find them personally not at all fussy! I guess each one has his own "genus" of speciality ! However, I still have to try dormancy with the majority of my plants.

    In anyways...I recommend that you put them in a "bright, SUNNY spot". If you get direct sunlight in your balcony for like 6 hrs...your VFT will thrive as long as you water it well. And for that...VFT's don't care too much. use a tray under the pot...fill it with water and leave it be. Make sure that you don't trigger the traps un-necessarily as it costs the plant energy.
    On my balcony, the most strong sunlight I get is about 4 hours and if im lucky..5 all my windows and bolconys face west and since the sun rises in the east this is a bad situation for them.
    I want to try terranium, but lots of people said its a bad idea for a begginer
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    its not a bad idea. it can be overwhelming though. and before you know what is and isnt neccesary id ask some questions and look through past threads. i used a terrarium for a while. but it got kind of expensive.


    JLAP: i noticed this a few months ago. really funny! although i dont find cephalotus or darlingtonia hard at all. i wonder if one of those becomes a polytypic(right word?) genus then it will become easy
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