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    Dionaea: From "bulbs" . . .

    Every year, I try to obtain a few older Dionaea rhizomes from anywhere and everywhere, in the hope of growing-out something interesting and unusual by Late Summer. After all, that was how I obtained my first B52.

    We'll see . . .


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    Oh my - those are gigantic! Very cool, thanks for sharing!
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    Nice looking bulbs, but they have surprisingly short roots. Hopefully you'll get something interesting from one of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    Nice looking bulbs, but they have surprisingly short roots. Hopefully you'll get something interesting from one of them
    It's all too common with rhizomes to have little in the way of roots; but some that I planted only a week or so ago are already sending up flower stalks. The roots have an entire season to develop -- and I've seen far worse . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    It's all too common with rhizomes to have little in the way of roots; but some that I planted only a week or so ago are already sending up flower stalks. The roots have an entire season to develop -- and I've seen far worse . . .

    In my experience, when rhizomes have little in the way of roots, that means they were grown in shallow pots and kept too wet. When Dionaea grow in pots that are deeper than 4 inches and aren't in standing water all the time, they'll develop a very extensive root system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    In my experience, when rhizomes have little in the way of roots, that means they were grown in shallow pots and kept too wet. When Dionaea grow in pots that are deeper than 4 inches and aren't in standing water all the time, they'll develop a very extensive root system.

    I agree with your assessment about the shallow pots, if not the over-watering. I keep most of my plants in deep trays of water and their roots are nothing short of extensive.

    Regardless, most of my plants began as bare-root rhizomes; and, by the end of the season, should -- hopefully -- have elaborate roots . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    In my experience, when rhizomes have little in the way of roots, that means they were grown in shallow pots and kept too wet. When Dionaea grow in pots that are deeper than 4 inches and aren't in standing water all the time, they'll develop a very extensive root system.
    I can attest to that. I had about 20 or so dionaea growing in a deep 6 in pot. When I went to repot them this spring one or two of them had roots all of the way to the bottom of the pot and were starting to wrap around the circumference of the pot. I had never seen that before until this spring.

    However, it looks like most of those bulbs' roots were trimmed but perhaps not?

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    Humbug. I repotted my 99 cent store DIonaea after leaving them in their dinky two inch pots they came in for over a year. They were kept in standing water in a tray. There were massive root systems with a thick mat on the bottom. The mats were so thick I just ended up cutting them to separate the divisions.

    And Ivan's "Hosford Bog" was grown in a dinky 2.5 inch pot and also had massive roots.

    The plants I had in 5 inch pots had wimpy roots, kept in no more than 1/2 of water that was allowed to dry out before re-watering.

    The only difference I could see was that the 5 inch pots has 50/50 peat/sand while the small pots (including Ivan's) were pure peat moss.

    Here's Ivan's "Hosford Bog" VFT in 2.5 inch pot a couple months before he divided it. Who says you need big pots.
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