My name is Eugene and it's my first post here. I was reading threads here and decided to post aswell, this seems to be a very nice and friendly forum. I love plants overall and have a lot of experience in growing them.
Recently my dream came true and i bought myself a VFT, i wanted it really bad when i was a kid. I think that some of you can help me and anwser some question i have about this marvelous plant. I will number them just for the ease of you reffering to them.
1[DORMACY]. I bought the plant from the biggest supplier of plants where i live, it was the only place that had VFTs. The conditions there were really poor for growing VTFs: judging by their lights that were very dim and cold temprature i think that the plant itself already went trough dormacy there, or i am wrong?
This is what it looked like when i first got it:
2[WATERING no1]. While browsing pictures on this forum, i noticed that lots of flower pots with VFTs are watered in a way, that there is a shiny thick layer of water on top of the soil, which basically means lots of water. Should i water my plants with the same kind of way?
3[WATERING no2]. I read that i have to water the plant with distilled water, today i realised that mineral water is not distilled water (stupid me, i was watering it with Evian). Will the plant be okay?
4[SPHAGNUM]. I couldnt find the exact same sphagnum that you guys use, but i found our local varaity of sphagnum in the woods(i live in the Baltics). Is this sphagnum okay for my VFT? (See picture)
This is how my sphagnum looks like:
5[LIGHTS]. I bought a 15 watt MegaMan plantlamp, which is like 75 watt normal lamp . It does not produce heat at all, it's very bright and produces light from only those specters of light, that the plant can "consume". I put it on a timer, and it gives the plant about 14+ hours of light. Will this light be enough for my plant to be healty and growing big red colored traps ?
6[FLOWERING]. The plant is already growing the stalk. Is it tall enough to remove it?
7[SECOND PLANT]. I noticed that there are acctualy 2 plants in my fishbowl. One is the big one, and a way smaller one just next to it. Is it okay for them to be growing like that, or do i have to replant the second one?
Summary: The plant has grown and opened a few new traps since it was bought and i think that it is a good sign. Can you please tell me what you think about my setup, lights and plant/plant health/plant look overall ? Tips are welcome.
This is how it looks now:
P.S. I hope i made myself clear. Thanks in advance.
P.S.S. The plant is typicale judging by the label that was on the plant, it said: "Dionaea Muscipula"
P.S.S.S. I had it for 2 weeks.
P.S.S.S.S. The place where i live is very cold and almost impossible to grow plants outside, except in summer.
P.S.S.S.S.S. I don't know why, but the plant looks greener and healthier in real life, i don't know why the photos are like that.