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    i think my vft is sick

    my vft might be sick because its not looking to good. its all brown and sad looking.whats really worrying me is that its not growing.i haven't seen any new nubs in the midle of the plant.im giving as mutch light as i possibly can.i live in Oregon so there is not that mutch light.

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    I'm no expert but as much light as you can give it is vital, make sure you're watering it with rain/distilled/reverse osmosised water, not tap water. Don't feed the traps too frequently, catching insects is not vital for it's survival and it should catch enough by itself anyhow. Lack of growth suggests to me not enough light, flytraps are generally kept outside where they can get 12+ hours of sunlight. Hope that helps, but again I'm fairly new to CPs myself, happy growing!

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    I also live in oregon.
    Did you get the plant from a store like walmart or lowes?
    Did you put the plant in full sun?

    If so I'm guessing the plants are sunburned.
    As long as there conditions are ideal they'll recover.

    I recently bought some plants from a carnivorous plant vendor without knowing they had been growing under fluorescent lights. I put them outdoors in full sun and they turned red, then brown. It took about a month and a half to two months for them to recover. Now they have nice green leaves.
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    Often too, if they are "rescues" from Lowe's or Home Despot, they've been grown in the cheapest grade-Z compost, probably only a hash-mark away from spent, spat chewing tobacco. Give it as much sun as possible and when feasible, transplant it into a nice peat-sand mix . . .
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    I'd have to second that transplating idea especially to take pics and observe how the plant "naked" is looking.

    On a side note, I am becoming more interested in using sand and I live on Long Island. Beaches are to my north and south. Do I have easy pickins when it comes to acquiring sand or should I be looking for store bought stuff??

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    1. Where did you buy it?
    2. When?
    3. Have you transplanted it into fresh peat?
    4. What kind of water are you using?
    5. Where is it growing? indoors or out?
    6. If indoors, it needs to go outdoors.
    7. If already outdoors, how much direct sun does it get a day?

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    (scottychaos)-1.i bought it on the internet
    2.some months ago
    3.(yes) but in a glazed pot, i know i sound like an idiot but i put it in that pot because i thought it
    looked pretty.
    4.distilled
    5.indoors (on my window sill) but the little baby flytraps seem to like the window sill
    6.it actually cant go outside because i live in a really ghetto neighborhood
    [B]I MEAN REALLY GHETTO!
    7.even if i put it outside the sky is constantly gray im at the end of June and its still not sunny!

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    If the inside of the pot is glazed it is probably ok. If you don't think you can grow them outdoors they'll probably need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight on your windowsill during the summer. If they can't get that much sunlight you'll have to go with artificial lighting. Dormancy will be your biggest challenge. How you handle that depends on if you are able to provide temperatures in the mid/low 50sF or lower during the winter.
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