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?