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    Weird growth; sorta extreme clumping

    My VFTs seem to have clumped like crazy. In the beginning of summer, they were normal VFTs, but then made lots of offshoots, and some strange deformed traps.

    Here's the bigger one, which was only one plant when it came out of dormancy.



    And the smaller one, which came as an offshoot from the bigger one last year. This was the only offshoot the big plant made last year.



    And here's a funky trap.



    Other than that, the plants regularily catch insects, and produce normal sized traps. Could it be aphid damage? The only aphids that appeared were several months ago, and only one or two on a plant at a time, and not very often.

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    First of all, congratulations! You have beautiful plants.
    The weird trap could just be that, a weird trap. Remember there is no such thing as a couple of aphids that do significant damage (they always show up in large groups), so if you don’t see lots of aphids concentrated on the new growth of the plant, then the problem is probably not aphids. Keep a close eye on it and the new traps.
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    lol Thanks!

    There are other weird traps; at least 3 in total. Although I guess with all that growth, there's bound to be something like that.

    And the fact that both plants made so many off shoots, is this normal as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drosera36 View Post
    lol Thanks!

    There are other weird traps; at least 3 in total. Although I guess with all that growth, there's bound to be something like that.

    And the fact that both plants made so many off shoots, is this normal as well?

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    From my experience, I would have to say that yes, it is normal. My most vigorous and healthiest flytrap developed two offshoots (simultaneously) a while after I chopped off its flower stalk back in June, leaving me with three plants in the pot. The offshoots are now growing traps that are almost as big as the mother plant’s traps, which to me is surprising because every offshoot I’ve seen contained traps that were seedling sized. I guess you could call it more of a natural division rather than an offshoot… either way it’s a sure indication of a healthy plant.

    BTW, were the deformed traps grown consecutively, one right after the other, or did the plant grow normal traps in between?
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    I think it's fine too.
    they look so health. so don't worry.
    the weird trap look like a cup! cute~

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    yeah.....your plants look very very nice and healthy. I recently just noticed all of my adult flytraps show shock traps on THE SAME NEW trap. Its true...red dragon showed a shock trap on the newest leaf, same with my 2 typicals and then even the B52. However, newer traps from B52 seem to be coming up normal though. Just a bit strange.

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    Lol, thanks for the comments. I don't really have any experience with growing VFTs, so I have no idea what to expect.

    BTW, were the deformed traps grown consecutively, one right after the other, or did the plant grow normal traps in between?
    Uhh, I think they popped up at the same time. But I forget if they are on different off shoots.

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    You just happen to have a plant that has the genetics which means growth habit is mostly vertical.

    They look very happy to me

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