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Thread: Observation: Red VFT's are small and don't flower

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    Observation: Red VFT's are small and don't flower

    Title says it all. Why?




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    Im pretty sure the reds are smaller ( i think ts that they grow slower but can get as large) because their color makes their photosynthesizing less efficient. That is what I've read before. Also, They can flower, but I would assume that the same reason for their growth slowness is the reason they dont often flower as much as the green cultivars. I know red piranahas that have flowered so red ones can definately flower. Those are as red as it gets lol/

    Try to feed them alot.

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    The red generally acts as a sort of sunscreen for the plants, when it gets lots of light... so if the plant is forced to have that color, the solution is probably more light.
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    I like your pine needles

    My 'Royal Red' and 'Pink Venus' did fine all of last year and I think they'll do fine this year too.. the color of yours looks like the color of mine, so the only thing you're not doing that I am is going to rip up some cricket parts to feed them with (I feed *every* trap once a month).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    I like your pine needles

    My 'Royal Red' and 'Pink Venus' did fine all of last year and I think they'll do fine this year too.. the color of yours looks like the color of mine, so the only thing you're not doing that I am is going to rip up some cricket parts to feed them with (I feed *every* trap once a month).
    I could never do that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by silenceisgod View Post
    I could never do that!
    Well then get small crickets but make sure they don't escape

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    My 'Akai ryu' flowers every year it usually is a monster compared to my others. This year it seems to be struggling though. It flowered earlier but aborted. I've found 'Akai Ryu' to be very vigorous.

    Here's a close-up of a double flower stalk from 2009

    Flower stalk from 2010

    Here's one grown by another LACPS member from last year. There's a quarter at the bottom of the picture to give an idea of scale. Who sez you can't grow 'em in terrariums?
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