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    Best Media for Leaf pullings...

    Hi all...

    I have some plant that's a wish to clone since I have lost a few this winter...

    I have not had much success in the past in doing this I know you need the white fleshy part...

    I was wondering if it was the media that's causing the problem...

    Is there a prefered method of doing this that has a higher success rate.

    Thanks Noddy

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    I like laying the severed leaves on the surface of a dry paper towel, then seal it inside a plastic bag, or just pile them in the bottom of a small plastic cup, and kept in a humid location. No media, until after the leaves have formed plantlets.

    Perhaps this thread will help.

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    Or, if you are actually referring to Dionaea muscipula leaf pullings, though you didn't say so, then I just use the same media as actively growing plants, and treat the leaf pulling the same as if they were plants. I've even taken the bits and pieces of Dionaea muscipula that were left over after I potted up a batch of newly acquired plants - just mixed them in with 100% peat moss, placed it into a ziploc plastic sandwich container (without a lid), put enough water in so everything was submerged in a thin layer of water, then checked it regularly, to make sure it always stayed that wet, kind of semi-aquatic. In a few months the tray was full of plants and a few months after that the tray was a jungle of Dionaea muscipula plants.
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    I had very good success just putting leaves in a tray of distilled water, and keeping it in a warm window/terrarium.
    -Emily

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    And I've had success with live LFS, under lights.

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    If memory serves, Emily actually wrote a very helpful article (with pictures!) on the distilled water method in the Oct 2010 Newsletter of the NECPS...

    (Emily, Am I allowed to re-post the text of the article?)

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    Yeah, feel free Jonny! I just looked for that newsletter in the archives on the NECPS website, but it looks like a couple months are missing..
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    Thanks! (I didn't want to re-post it without permission.)

    Grow Tips for October: Taking Venus flytrap Leaf
    Pullings
    By: Emily Troiano
    This is a great time of year to find Venus Flytraps for sale at supermarkets and
    hardware stores. Some stores will get large shipments in for Halloween. After
    one of our annual shows, I bought one of these VFTs for a few dollars, and
    decided to experiment with propagating it.
    When I got home, I uprooted the plant. I think the VFT rhizome looks sort of like
    a head of garlic. Each leaf is connected to a “clove”. By pulling downwards on
    each leaf, I was able to separate it from the plant, along with its piece of white
    rhizome. I did this for every single leaf on the plant.
    Then, I simply put all the leaves in a dish of distilled water, covered it with plastic
    wrap, and left it in a warm terrarium. If the water evaporated, I gently added
    more. Eventually the leaves started turning brown and ugly. But after a month or
    two…just when I was about to give up…green growth started to appear!
    Once these new plants started to grow, I added long-fibered sphagnum to the
    bottom of the tray and removed the plastic wrap. I allowed the leaves to settle
    into the sphagnum as the water evaporated over the course of weeks. I kept this
    sphagnum constantly wet.
    By spring, the plantlets had grown and started to produce traps:
    When I transplanted them, I was surprised to find that there were LOTS of plants
    in this 5” x 5” container:
    In all, there were 49 baby VFTs…from one original plant!
    Forty-nine Venus flytraps! There were plenty to keep, as well as plenty to give away.
    Friends and neighbors who were fascinated by my carnivorous plants got to take
    home their own. There were also plenty of plants to donate at the next annual show.
    One of the great joys of our hobby is being able to share these plants with one
    another. This was a simple, inexpensive way to not only increase my own collection,
    but to allow dozens of other people to grow a carnivorous plant. I encourage you to
    give it a try!

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    I have tried in peat media the but they did not work out, only a dieing plant with two leafs did.

    But I did not have high humidity, so it that the key to this ...

    I have not tried it in spag yet..

    Noddy

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