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    Sarracenia in another life.... rockstarcobain's Avatar
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    Vft flowering.. again!

    One of my rosettes produced a flower back in spring, pollinated, set seed, the seed germinated. Now, it's sending up another stalk. It just recently started sending up HUGE traps. I don't want the traps to get small again, so should I clip it, or let it flower again.... And I know that a lot of you would say, CUT THE STALK!!!! THE STALK MEANS DEATH!!! But my plants are grown quite vigorously. I know they can survive flowering. I just wanna know if it will cause smaller traps to be made.
    It is better to burn out, than to fade away....

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    I think from what I have read: YES!! it will cause smaller traps...but I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as you have a nice strong plant.

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    yea, I was afraid of that. I figured it would. So now, my choice is, let the traps get smaller and make MORE VFT's , or cut it and enjoy my nice, big traps. Hmm... Anyone ever heard of VFT's flowering twice or more in a season?
    It is better to burn out, than to fade away....

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    Two stalks is nothing, try five!

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=109073
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...5&postcount=15

    Both of my typicals are on their second or third flower stalk since October...don't remember the exact count without referring to my records.
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    wow, I guess some plants just can get enough reproductive activities!
    It is better to burn out, than to fade away....

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    And I know that a lot of you would say, CUT THE STALK!!!! THE STALK MEANS DEATH!!!
    If you ever see anyone say that, please correct them. That is incorrect. Flowering will not kill your plant. Think about it...there isn't a Scissors Fairy that goes around cutting off all the flowers of wild VFTs so they don't die. Flowering takes plant energy from any type of plant and may cause a slight slow down in growth. Keeping or removing a flower is purely a personal preference.

    If you aren't going for seed and don't care about the flowers, take it off.
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    I just got a VFT a month ago from walmart and its been doing amazing and now it just started a flower stalk.

    Should I let it flower or not because I would like seeds but not in exchange for bad health of my first successful VFT.

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    Uh...did you read my post just above yours? lol

    You can also read a topic on flowering VFTs I just pinned at the top of this VFT forum. That should answer any questions you might have.

    Anyone who wants/likes flowers...let it flower!
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