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    I agree with the above that growing from seed is not that great and you don't need to spend alot of money on it just yet (terrarium, lights, etc..)

    Just buy a plant somewhere and try growing it on a windowsill or outside. And then decide if you like growing cp's or not

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    i started out with a VFT as well
    i just kept mine sitting in the little pot in a small dish of water on the windowsill.
    it grew great until we got UV filter windows xD
    i still have it, but it is a bit of an odd plant, me and some others came up with the idea of it being a TC Nightmare lol.
    trust me, its hard NOT to get into CPs
    have fun, youll enjoy it!

    -Kris

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    Better than seeds is taking leaf cuttings from a mature plant and placing on live LFS. This way you get a cluster of new plants that are way ahead of anything that starts from seeds.

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    I don't know what you mean by this. Would "Cultivating Carnivorous Plants" or "Growing Carnivorous Plants" tell me how to do this?

    In the meantime,
    What's "LFS"?
    When you say "leaf cuttings", do you mean cutting off a leaf from the flower that grows and planting a leaf that will turn into a new plant? Or so you cut off part of the trap itself?

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    LFS is long-fiber sphagnum, its great for CPs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valydius View Post
    I've wanted a venus flytrap for years, and I'm finally getting one. I've read all the info I can find in this forum and elsewhere, and I've put together a plan.

    Before I put it into action, I have a few questions:

    1. Will this setup make a healthy environment for it?
    Terrarium (14" diameter)
    Lamp
    Bulb
    Flytrap seeds (can't find anywhere else to get seeds)
    Soil: Mix of 70% peat or sphagnum moss and 30% perlite or coarse pumis
    Water: Distilled or rain water only, will not use any fertilizer etc.
    Temp: Will have a thermometer inside and ensure 75-90 degrees (ideal is 83ish I hear).

    2. How much water do you give the seeds, and how do you know when to add more?

    3. I assume Spring Water would be OK to use?

    4. Will ~Jan 1 be too early to buy/plant the seeds?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    IMO, you should remove a few items from your plan:

    Terrarium.
    Lamp.
    Seeds.

    get rid of those completely..
    keep "bulb"..but change its meaning to "VFT bulb" instead of "light bulb"!

    IMO seeds are very disappointing, especially for a first-time CP grower..
    I tried it once...BORING...and they die really easily.
    seedlings are MUCH harder to grow and keep alive than an adult VFT..
    and they stay very very tiny for many years..

    And this is the worst possible time of the year to start a new CP collection..
    because its winter..everything should be dormant.

    If you want to try seeds, go for it! just be aware there are MUCH easier ways to get into the hobby! IMO seeds are not a great way to start..not worth the effort.
    seeds are the kind of thing you can try after growing CPs for awhile..you can try it, experience teeny seedlings that do nothing at all for a few years, think "wow..that was SO not worth it" and just go back to enjoying your adult plants.

    I would suggest this instead:

    Forget the terrarium alltogether.
    get no CPs right now.
    use the next few winter months to read tons about CPs while you wait!
    ask for This book for Christmas.
    knowledge is your friend.
    then..in April, order a few adult VFTs from any of the repuatable CP nurserys.
    pot them up correctly (you will know how by then!
    give them the correct water and light. (you will know all about that by then.)
    grow then outdoors in full sunlight.
    you will have beautiful and happy and healthy flytraps to enjoy all Summer.
    a very satisfying and sucessful introduction to this great hobby!


    then next October you can prepare them for winter dormancy. (you will know all about that by then.)
    and your VFTs will remain happy and healthy for many years to come..

    Scot

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    Leaf cutting is simply pulling a leaf/ trap from the center of the plant, where you can see the white part (base).

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    Scotty's advice is spot on. Although, if you REALLY REALLY want a plant, you could pick up a mexican butterwort or a cape sundew. They don't require dormancy and, especially the sundew, are very easy to care for. However, you should do this in addition to Scotty's advice. No self respecting CP grower should ever be without a copy of the Savage Garden.

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