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    Dionaea Repotting . . .

    The time has finally arrived for re-potting a slough of Dionaea -- something I now do annually, just as they emerge from dormancy; and it has certainly encouraged far more vigorous growth and increased size of my B52s and other cultivars over the years. Several of the plants are now in larger 15 cm (6") pots, as deep as they are wide -- and it was surprising how root-bound many of the plants had become just over the course of one season. Also, the widely-held view that Dionaea is very shallow-rooted is incorrect, as the photos below clearly illustrate.

    I have read far too often about the strict care of these "very delicate" plants -- often from quite experienced growers, including Barry Rice -- who claim that re-potting Dionaea is just as likely to kill them as allowing them to flower, something that I have never faced. The plants seem to acclimate after only a few days and exhibit visible growth by the end of a week.

    While these few plants are currently worse for wear (they were underwater for an hour this morning), they'll look great later this Spring and Summer -- and I have many more to do. In the first photo, the corm was a bit larger than a golf-ball:

    Dionaea muscipula cv. "B52"
    -- 11 March 2010


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    O.o Thats one massive dionaea ball... how did it get so massive?

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    A few growers advocate repotting annually. VFTs are apparently adapted to higher acidic conditions and peat moss gets less acidic as it breaks down. VFTs appear to grow less vigorously as the peat moss ages. Replacing the peat moss restores the acidity and so it seems the vigor of growth.

    Note: The 'B52' cultivar is noted for the potential size it can get.
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    I agree with repotting annually. I get much more vigorous growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred P View Post
    I agree with repotting annually. I get much more vigorous growth.

    Yeah, I don't quite fathom the "delicacy" attached to these plants. Some growers who are quite comfortable with the annual re-potting of Sarracenia (dividing rhizomes, encouraging flowering, etc.) quake in their boots when it comes to Dionaea -- which are just as tolerant and vigorous as all the others . . .
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    The roots are wimpy but if you handle them with the modicum of care it's not a problem. Otherwise the plants are rather sturdy and not sensitive to root disturbance.
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    Bella,
    Once again we can see you really have a knack
    and have certainly learned what you are able to do
    with the plants, and giving them what they need!

    GREAT Growing!

    Paul
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    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post
    Bella,
    Once again we can see you really have a knack
    and have certainly learned what you are able to do
    with the plants, and giving them what they need!

    GREAT Growing!

    Paul
    Thank you . . .

    But, I have learned a great deal from other growers on this forum and have no intention of taking credit for everything. My successes -- and occasional failures -- and that of others have only served to improve my growing practices a good deal over the years; and a recent case in point, is the use of coffee on Nepenthes, of which I am just beginning to see the merits. That was certainly not my idea and that credit goes, primarily, to Dave Evans and the other growers who have been swearing by it and seeing promising results.

    Also, the practice of re-potting Dionaea on an annual basis -- to give them a swift kick in the pantalones -- was due, in part, to the influence of Peter D'Amato and some growers on this and other forums. When I was younger, there was very little practical information on growing -- much less obtaining -- carnivorous plants, and my early failures were . . . legion . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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