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    Venus flytrap intensive care

    So some time in October, I bought a 6.99 Fred Meyer's cylinder of death fly trap.
    It did 'ok' for a while, until I put it into dormancy, when then it died back and lost a few leaves - no biggy.

    It remained a spindly rosette of green petioles until sometime in January when, in the midst of dormancy, it decided to send a flower stalk up. Seeing as it was meek and unhealthy, I of course cut it off before it got too far. A few weeks later it decided to shoot up Another flower stalk, this time, a strange one with a second one branching off the side. I, again, cut it off.

    I took it out of dormancy (away from the open window) a few weeks ago. Since then I have seen absolutely no growth, whatsoever. It has maintained the same pathetic rosette as it has since November. That was, until two day ago when I noticed that a large portion of it was starting die even further. So today I decided to uproot the whole thing and see what was going on underground. It turns out that more than half of the root system and plant was quite visibly rotted away. There is practically one large root and another small one that still seemed to hold life, attached to two excuses for leaves, oh yeah, and a decapitated flower stalk.

    So I took away all of the extremely damp moss that came with the plant and attempted to replant just the "living" portion into my mix of 2:2:1:1 (roughly) peat moss, sand, LFS, and Perlite.

    I realize that the cause of death has been that the substrate was much too damp.

    So I have a few questions:


    1.) How should I water what is left? How damp should I keep it, should I let it dry out between waterings, and should I stop the occasional mistings?

    2.) What color are roots supposed to be? Mine are brown, but still seem thick and living.

    3.) What would you guys do to best ensure that this sad plant continues living?
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    "I realize that the cause of death has been that the substrate was much too damp...."

    are you sure? how much water were you giving it?

    and you gave it dormancy on an open window... and it sent up 2 flower stalks in January? in the midst of dormancy?.... that doesn't sound right at all...

    1.) How should I water what is left? How damp should I keep it, should I let it dry out between waterings, and should I stop the occasional mistings?...

    A) the media should always be moist... not waterlogged... and it should never be dry. so typically do about a half inch worth of water and then let it run dry in the tray... ( dont let the media dry out whatever you do ) and repeat.

    2.) What color are roots supposed to be? Mine are brown, but still seem thick and living.

    A) the rhizome should be white, the roots should be black...

    3.) What would you guys do to best ensure that this sad plant continues living?

    A) if it has good roots and a white rhizome I'd leave it where it is, obviously making sure first off that its getting enough light ( which is a TON ) and make sure you dont over/uner water it... and just leave it alone for a while and hope for a bounce back.


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    Thanks for the response.

    I'm fairly sure that it was over watered because it was pretty tightly entrenched within the LFS that it came in from the store, and when I took it out, the moss was pretty dang wet, enough so that when I squeezed it between my fingers, water came out. I have been misting it probably every other day/every day. I've watered it quite profusely and it seemed like boggish conditions. I may have let it dry out just once, and it was nowhere close to bone dry.

    The flower stalk thing, I just do not know about. I had the window open 24/7 and here in Oregon I'd have to say that is pretty chilly. I'm guessing that during winter it had a temp of 35-50 give or take, I could be wrong though. I'm pretty sure it was dormant though because most of the traps died back, and it did not grow at all, aside from the flower stalks.

    The part that I assume is living was the only part that had a remotely white rhizome and roots are blackish brown. The rhizome is pretty puney though seeing as it is a relatively young TC plant.

    A problem I may have is that it might not get enough light, I have it in the brightest area available in my window, but it doesn't get direct sunlight for probably more than 4-6 hours.

    I'll just try to leave it alone, and water it as best I can...
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    Why can't you keep it outside in full sun?
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    I think you have a number of issues to correct.

    1. Flytraps are not windowsill plants and will not get enough light through a window.
    2. Opening the window for a few months will not give the plant a dormant period. Dormant VFT do not flower in January!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theyellowdart View Post
    Why can't you keep it outside in full sun?
    Because I have no yard or any other windows, I live in an apartment at the moment.

    Tony: Are you sure they cannot be put into dormancy via chilly window? I've read more than once that it can work, depending on your climate. I admit though, it is strange that it tried flowering, and maybe it was consistently cold enough.

    So what then should I do? Would it be more harmful to try and put it back in dormancy or to try and bring it into season? Or am I just bound to lose this plant no matter what I do? It had all the signs of dormancy up until it flowered, traps stopped functioning, leaves died back, stopped growth...
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    If you keep the room unheated and the plants get a bare minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight in the winter then maybe it will work on a windowsill.
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    Why dont you open your window during the growing period so the glass won't alter the light? ._.

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