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    Should I repot?

    Hello all! I've been looking through this forum for a while now, finally decided to sign up, and am in need of some advice. I picked up 2 VFT's from home depot about 2 weeks ago (from the Bloomrite distributor). They were the healthiest out of the bunch, and probably the healthiest I've ever seen. Pictures taken when I first got them. Many of the traps closed as I was taking them out of their tubes. Anyone think they can identify what type they are?
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    I took them out of the long humidity tube they came in and placed them on a saucer. My question is that both plants have their roots hanging out of the drainage holes (you can see on the third picture). I know it's growing season, but should I repot them?
    I'm afraid that this might put them in shock as well as slowing their growth during the season. I also had the idea of just taking them out of the pot but leaving the soil intact and just putting it into a bigger pot with the new soil around it. What do you guys suggest?

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    zk,

    i would repot. it looks really healthy and should handle a repot without any or minimal shock to the plant. just take care not to break the roots when breaking up the soil around it, even if you arent, i doubt it would kill it.

    looks like the typical form to me??

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    plant's on steroid it'll get smaller later, trust me. mine came abit bigger than yours. after the old leaves died back, healthy smaller ones came in

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    XD I think you should, now you have to go back to Home Depot!
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    Well, thanks for the advice! I think I will repot. Oh, by the way I already purchased larger pots, saucers, and soil when I bought the plant so I don't have to go back, hehe ^^.
    So they're on steroids huh? Where can I go about buying these steroids... hahaha.
    Hey, I just noticed I created thread #3000! Do I get a prize or something? =D

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    Welcome to TF! Home Depot VFT suppliers are likely to be selling "typicals". I would get a large pot or whiskey barrel, filled with sand, peat, and topped with LFS. Then I would put it outside in the shade until acclimated. Then I would put in full sunshine.... and leave it out there, all yearround.

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    They would probably benefit from repotting - more room for the roots and you are less likely to over water with a sandier mix.

    I'd say almost all the VFTs from Booman's/Nurseryman's Exchange are "typicals". Apparently they tissue culture from seeds to get more variety.

    Other companies like Gubler's probably get their plants from AgriStarts III in Florida which offers a variety such as 'Dentate' and 'Akai Ryu' as well as typicals. You might even get lucky and find a 'Cupped Trap' like I did in Home Depot:

    P1170092

    BTW: If you live in one of the states with 99 cent Only stores they had another batch of the Booman's/Nurseryman's Exchange VFTs for only 99 cents. These are the same ones that Home Depot sells for $4.99.

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    Zerokool.

    Welcome!

    I lived in San Francisco and you should have no problems growing VFTs.

    Please follow jimscot's advice and let sit outside in the shade until acclimated. I purchased 8 VFTs, like yours, from the .99 store and nearly killed all 8 by just placing them outside in the sun without letting them acclimate.

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