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    too congested? seems to me like it... what should I do?

    Hi,

    I bought this beauty about a month ago.
    Been feeding it with some live insects and filtered water and it seems to be thriving.
    However is would seem to me that it's starting to be overcrowded in it's little pot.
    Is this an issue?
    What should I do next? I don't have special soil for it...

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    http://sarracenia.com/faq/faq2160.html

    This should answer your questions.
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    Wouldn't it die if it get's too overcrowded?

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    Nope. Dionaea have small root systems that don't have much function other than to hold them in the soil.
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    Thank you so much for the kind reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Nope. Dionaea have small root systems that don't have much function other than to hold them in the soil.
    Boy are you misinformed.

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    DC,
    it looks fine!
    overcrowding wont be an issue this year..
    but you will probably want to divide it in the Spring..
    you could probably get 3 or 4 plants out of it!
    looks like you have several growing points in there..
    but for now, its perfectly fine..no need to do anything for awhile..

    it does however look like it could use more sun..
    where/how are you growing it?

    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Nope. Dionaea have small root systems that don't have much function other than to hold them in the soil.

    I think you're thinking of Pings, VFTs have some pretty extensive roots IMO. Not as much as Sarrs but still quite long. And as far as it's role, if it was just to hold it in it would have just one thick tap root and few fibrous roots. Not the case, so there's more to the root system then to 'just hold the plant in'.

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