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Thread: VFT leaf pulling plan (yay/nay?)

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    VFT leaf pulling plan (yay/nay?)

    I did some research on the best times of year to do a leaf pulling and it seems there are two "better" times of year - early spring and in fall before dormancy. If done in fall, uprooting the plant is risky so you can try to do a leaf pulling by holding the rhizome in place with your thumb - I'm going to try this.

    I think I'm going to try a few leaf pullings in the next couple days if I can do so without uprooting -

    1) 1:1 peat/sand, moist not wet, spray bottle very occasionally only if necessary.
    2) Strong fluorescent light, 14 hour cycle.
    3) Leaf pull; cut trap off, lay leaf pulling on soil and place a pinch of medium over the rhizome end of the leaf, just enough that it's buried.
    4) Cover pot with plastic wrap and poke several rice-sized holes in it.

    Am I missing anything? Should I use a different soil mix?

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    I'm of the opinion that a well grown VFT will do plenty of dividing on its own in the span of one growing season. I've never really had an inclination to do leaf pullings because at the end of the year, there's generally 3 or 4 VFTs clumping together where there used to be one.
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    ^Then why isn't my perfectly healthy VFT showing this? I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying my plant is as vigorous and well-cared-for as anyone's here and I've never had that.

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    Well, maybe you're not growing it as right as you thought you were. Generally by the end of the season there will be many plants clumping together around the mother plant as seen here in my VFT pot:

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    hey judging by the looks of yours i think i had one division this year. but what could i be doing wrong? gets full sunlight all day, 1 inch of water, growing in peat and perlite 50:50 and using distilled water

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    Well, the thing that seems to encourage new growth is a good meal. Don't overdo it, but maybe a fly every two weeks will really help improve the health of your plant and cause it to divide.
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    my plant also catches tons of flies on its own, it had every trap closed two days ago... so that's also covered. -shrug- maybe my plant hates me.

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    Most of my VFT's did divide this year (some twice), but I want to do a few leaf pullings just because I've never done it; I have recently germinated VFT's from seeds, so leaf cuttings seemed the next logical progression in learning all of this first-hand.

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