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    Any way to get seeds from these little guys?

    So my local Lowes has venus flytraps, and there are always a few that are dying and at a cheap price. Then I saw these two that looked like all the others, but they had flower stalks (they were pushing the tops of the containers open!) They were 1 USD each, so I bought them. I'm wondering whether these are about to flower or about to seed, and if it's the former, how do I get seed from them? The tip of one only has one bump, while the other has a few.







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    not flowered yet. any case, unless if you're a well seasoned VFTer, i'd advocate for the cutting off of the flower stalks. they're stressed out enough as it is.
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    I advice you to cut the flower stalk off and try to propagate a new VFT from flower stalk. lowe's cube of death is pretty famous in this forum. It doesn't look very healthy, letting it flower could be risky for that VFT. its not worth killing it for chance of getting seeds

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    Thing is, I can't imagine they would live even if they weren't flowering, (I've had a few from lowes before and all of them die quickly even with good care.) And doesn't making the flower at the start take up most of the energy? I don't think I'm experienced enough to nurse these guys back to health, (sorry to say, I really just picked them up for the chance of seeds). Unless there is like a 60% + chance of them living after cutting off the stalks, I don't see the point with 99 cent plants. The way the other clearance ones were going, I really think they'd be dead by now (and they'd get a chance to reproduce!)

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    Well honestly if you dont let it flower you do have a 60+ chance of survival. Also acclimate your VFT to lower humity before you remove the lid like that. That may be the reason why your lowe's plant dies off. You acclimate humidity first and then after start that acclimation to more sunlight. As far as seeds go. It tidious work and if you don't think you are experienced enough to bring them to health the I am going to say you are not experience to grow VFT seedlings.

    I think you are better off trying to recover that VFT that is mature and can gratify you with bigger traps than little ones who take years to become mature and give you big traps.
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    I'll cut off the one that has one bud. I really want to experience flowering even if that plant might die (the one that is much farther along and has less foliage). How do I plant the flower stalk? Do I just get the peat moss/perlite and stick it in the soil?

    Should I put the lid back on the one I'm cutting off then, or no? My first though when I got them was take the top off because the stalks were pushing up against the lid.

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    It should be ok to repot it in a bigger pot, Bigger pot gives little bit more humidity to that single plant, and place it in a sunny windowsill. and put a dome cover it but make sure the dome put some holes to the dome to extinguish the heat from overheat the plant. ( you can use clear plastic cup and drill 3 or 4 holes size of a straw hole on the cup) wait until you start to see improvement of that plant, take off the humidity dome and wait for it pull out healthy leaf and trap, then move it out to outside let it have proper condition. You can make it adjust to outdoor condition by summer. Thats what I would do.

    edit: To propagate the flower stalk just use LF sphagnum or half peat/half perlite. don't plant the flower stalk too deep in the soil. like just .2 inch (3cm) into the soil and cover it with something keep the humidity as high as possible.and then cross your finger hope for new growth. (a sunny windowsill would do the job, or under artifical lighting

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    While I am not familiar with the quality -- or lack thereof -- at Lowe's, I have never lost a Venus flytrap to flowering; also, that bloom is already too advanced and removal would not pose any benefit whatsoever. Were the stalk an inch or two long, that would be a different issue; but that plant has already blown its metabolic wad.

    Seed would be obtained by allowing the plant to bloom -- give it as much light as you are able -- and those self-pollinated seeds to mature. Agitating each flower or by gently rubbing separate blooms together is generally sufficient to ensure fertilization; and, about six or so weeks later, the seed is produced. Sow immediately . . .
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