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    Two weeks later, one is recovering and one is looking bad.

    Here's a new trap growing in on the healthier plant:




    Not sure about this one:


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    that photo with that... ITSY BITSY trap on the end of it, is a pretty standard cue for not getting enough light... it takes a couple of leafs usually before its completely acclimated... the leafs should be firm, not floppy. the trap should be WAY bigger in relation to the leaf size there... but its okay I've had rescues look like that for a bit until they adjusted...

    they'll be fine

    oh and that last photo it looks like you may have... buried the growth point a bit... while a leaf should be able to work its way out of there... you dont really want the growth point covered by peat

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    Ok, I cleared the peat back a bit from the growth point on both plants.

    The leaves on the "good" plant are firm now; they were just as floppy as the other plant at first. That tiny light-starved trap was curled under when I got it, so at least it's good to see it deploying, even if it does look kind of strange out at the end of that loooooong leaf.





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    Nice plants! Although I gotta say, I bet the second one might not make it

    Here are some pics of a VFT I got about a month ago from Lowe's. I was lucky though...the plants were in pretty good condition when I got it' All of the larger traps died due to transplant shock but the rest of them are well. Right now I grow it 4 and a half inches under two 100w standard fluorescent bulbs and it seems really happy!
    It looks small and that's how I got it, but I'm hoping come summer it'll grow larger
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    A new trap emerges about every week
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    After about one-two weeks the traps get this nice dark pink coloration
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    Good Luck growing!

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    The plant is definitely recovering, happy in the North Carolina sun. The long-leaf pinhead trap is growing, opening, and turning pink. The leaves are now nice and firm. Its deathcube sibling is still uncertain; it's either dying back or dying. It had no roots on its rhizome, though, so I assume it will take longer to recover, and will use the dying leaves to grow roots.

    Anyway, here's the no-longer-such-a-pinhead trap, nine days later:






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    Hmmm, i remember i bought a vft with traps that small, and they weren't functional. Then i light starved a vft (as an experiment) and it made a horribly spindly leaf, with a trap the same size as that. that one was also disfunctional. Just give yours lots of light and it will come back and make nice traps
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    Yeah, plants can tell if they're not getting enough light and will adjust in a desperate attempt to keep themselves alive. I had a Purple Pitcher Plant that grew huge "elephant ears" instead of traps when I was first experimenting with a grow light.

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    When I checked my plants today I suddeny realized the little pinhead trap was closed. I saw a dark shape inside and with way too much geekish glee I ran for the camera. I even had to hold it up to a fluorescent for a second pic with better contrast of the victim. Heh...

    I'd say this plant is officially recovered from the Death Cube. It might still look like crap, but it finally has a working trap and some nutrients.




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