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    This happened to me but with my Royal Red. However three roots were still left in place on the main plant, so I guess i'm lucky. I planted the torn off bulb into the other side of the pot and it has yet to grow. :/ But my main plant is doing fine
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    Cool

    You know you can propagate vfts by using their flower stems....saves you from damaging your plant and uses something that otherwise would just be discarded.

    Plus you get quite a few plants from this method,especially when lying the flower stem horizontally on the medium.

    Good thing vfts produce long flower stems to stop any potential pollinator from being ensnared in their traps lol as it creates an abundance of new nodes when planted.

    Just refer to cpuk forum for details as i have never attempted this so far as i've only recently discovered this method and so probably shouldn't be giving out advice on something i've never done lol

    You can propagate vfts from pretty much any part of the plant

    Refering to your observation about why the plant had more roots on one side of the bulb as opposed to the other is explained in the article below where the plant grows more leaves on one side than the other as a way of trying to dig deeper into the ground, as a way to perhaps help the plant protect it'self from the harsh conditions it lives in.

    Thus the plant is concentrating on growing new bulb tissue and so has simply created a growing point on that side of the bulb in order to do so and explains the absense of roots as these would interfere with the growing tip and supress it's downward movement.

    http://www.strato.net/~crvny/sa03005.html

    This behaviour isn't suprising considering vfts live in a place that recives regular fires,hurricanes,floods,extremely high temperatures and occasional frosts.

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    Thanks for the information, Macca . Sadly, it doesn't have a flower stalk. And for the other part, from what I understood, you're basically saying that the plant was trying to focus on one part of itself, right? Also, were you trying to say that the other side is a new growing point?
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    Red face

    Managed to track down those articles on propagation from flower stems on cpukforum-enjoy

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index...howtopic=26328

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index...howtopic=27604

    What i was trying to explain is that the vft according to that article i posted earlier will use more nourishment on creating new tissue on one side of the bulb as opposed to the other as a way of trying to propel it'self downwards-by doing this on the opposite sides every other year the plant eventually begins to drill it'self into the ground.

    No the other side is not a new growing point if you mean in the way a new plantlet is formed but simply a term i used to try and explain more easily the process i was refering to-seems i've caused some confusion.

    Please remember this downward drilling movement is just an observation by one grower and i am unsure how much weight this process has in proven fact.

    Some photographs i've found of vft in various growth behavious to try and demonstrate what i'm talking about

    A photo showing how the plant grows more leaves on one side more than the other, and is what i was refering to by using the term growing point(which probably isn't the right term to use, but it's all i could think of, perhaps prolific leaf formation is more accurate?)- and shows how this causes more bulb tissue to form on that side leading to the plant being lopsided and you can imagine how it uses this action to sink into the ground by doing this on opposing sides every other year.

    http://www.hungryplants.nl/images/flytrapbulb.gif

    Photo i found of plant with small amount of root structure with no uneven leaf growth showing perhaps what i'm saying isn't correct and i can't really explain why one side of your plant has fewer roots that the other....i think the bulb below is on a plant exhibiting rosetted growth pattern?

    h t t p : / / w w w . p i t c h e r p l a n t . c o m / i m a g e _ f o l d e r 1 / h o l d _ f l y t r a p . j p g

    Personally i find my vft all look like the first bulb picture shown, with roots growing on two thirds of the bulb, as opposed to your observation of roots found on only one third of the bulb...

    Did you notice you plant was noticeabley growing it's leaves in a way that it was migrating downwards?

    I'm unsure exactly whats going on here lol and all i've tried to do is apply knowledge gained from reading about these plants and applying it rationally to your observations although i have to admit i am no expert and have no other suggestion as to why your plant only has roots growing on a small section of bulb other than they must impede downward movement by growing in the way of the plants downward path and so the plant doesn't deploy them on that side?

    My thoughts are just that, my opinion, with no scientific basis whatsoever so please don't go talking about this as proven fact, more just someone's thoughts.

    Hope this helps although i think i'm confused at the moment

    I only have a pot of crested petioles, and i notice there bulbs look like drillbits, with the leaves growing in a spiral like pattern with one side more lopsided than the other.

    Although remember there are a lot of factors that influence vft growth habit( i have no clue whatsoever what they are lol)which can explain rosetted or lopsided patterns like described here and i can't begin to understand all the intricacies of this plant and is why i am fascinated by it so much-i revel in it's almost mythical nature.

    My advice would be to ask one of the heavyweights of the cp world why this occurs lol as i'm just a novice grower lol sorry i know this doesn't help much and has probably done your head in lol sorry!

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    I think I understand what you're trying to say now. Sadly, I didn't take a good look at the rhizome of the VFT. I'm not sure if I should check on the roots or not...then again, I'll have to wait for about a week since I'm leaving early tommorow.

    Edit: Contacted.
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    Yes, I know this is sort of an old thread, but I would like to say that I'm sure that it's fine seeing that it has two new leaves growing And it was today that I noticed that the pulling has struck. The whole leaf is dead, but the fraction of the rhizome I pulled is still white. Can't wait for this one to grow :3 (seeing I killed my first pulling ).
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    So I accidently split my Royal Red awhile back. However a huge chunk of the rhizome with its roots were pulled off, so I buried that and the other measly chunk had three roots but had produced three traps. Ironically, the small and measly bulb survived and the other bulb decomposed in my pot :/
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    Sorry to hear that :/, but at least you still have one.
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