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Thread: New here and boy do I need help, Flowering Venus Fly Trap

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    1. how long until the flowers bloom?
    probably within a week or so.

    2. since I have the flowers, might as well try self pollination or something right? I don't have any other fly traps to cross with or anything sadly.
    No, I wouldnt bother..just cut the flower stalk off at the base.

    3. how long till seeds develop and what should I do to plant them? how many should I expect.
    Its really too late for this season..the seeds wont have time to fully develop before dormancy..
    the plant will be (or should be) fully dormant in 1.5 to 2 months, and seeds generally take about that long to mature.
    as the plant goes dormant in the coming weeks, it will "slow down" in growth as the days get cooler and the photoperiod decreases,
    and the seeds probably wouldn't mature fully anyway..its just the wrong time of year.

    4. on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, how screwed am I with this plant right about now? lol
    Zero, not screwed at all..
    just cut the flower stalk off, the plant will be perfectly fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
    Mine right now from what I understand is more or less beyond the point of no return as far as the effectiveness of cutting the flower bud. Its way above the rest of the leafs and has tons of little buds.
    Thats a total myth..there is no such thing as "beyond the point of no return"..
    you can cut the flower stalk off even after flowers have opened, and it will have no impact on the plant..
    in fact, cutting off the stalk at *any* point in its development will be good for the plant overall,
    because it halts the production of seeds, which uses up a fair amount of energy for the plant..
    but *when* you cut off the flower stalk is totally irrelevant..earlier is better, but there is no such thing as "too late"..

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    If you cut off the stalk, at the stage it's at there won't be any real detrimental effects, however in the future, cut it off as it's still just starting to grow, and the plant may just send up anohter. RIght now, however, it would probably be best to cut it off. If you let it flower, make sure it stays moist, in full sunlight (harden it off first if it's been in one of those death cubes), adn give it an insect or two a week to keep its energy up. And if it does flower, you actually should have enough time to let seeds ripen, as warm temps last until mid October in most of the country here, and seeds only take a couple weeks to ripen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    And if it does flower, you actually should have enough time to let seeds ripen, as warm temps last until mid October in most of the country here, and seeds only take a couple weeks to ripen.
    Probably not enough time..
    seeds take 4 to 6 weeks to ripen..not "a couple"..
    and its irrelevant how long "warm temps last"..
    because the plant wont be "growing normally" this time of year, like it would be in April, May, June, to aid seed production.
    VFT's are actually in the middle of the "going dormant" process right now..its a slow gradual process..
    its not like "growing normally, growing normally, then one day BOOM in October "im dormant now!"..
    thats not how it works..
    There is not enough time for seeds to ripen now..growth should be be dramatically slowing even now..
    VFT's *are* going dormant right now..
    there is a reason most plants flower and set seed in the spring..they need the spring and summer "optimum growth" months to set seed..

    a normal VFT wouldnt flower this time of year..the fact that this one is is probably because its a recent TC plant..
    its "internal clock" is screwed up..but allowing it to go dormant this fall, then coming out of dormancy next spring,
    will probably straighten it out..

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    what do you mean by a recent TC plant? I'm not sure what that is.

    I only bought the plant a couple of months ago as well, and I am noticing that the bud is taking forever to even do anything noticeable, and since I plan on eventually bringing it indoors or something I'm going to just cut the thing. Maybe if it flowers in the spring I'll try. Where should I cut the flower stem, I'd assume closer to the bottom right?

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    A recent TC plant means it is fresh out of tissue culture, plants in this stateoften act very strangely and produce growth that is often abnormal or extremely vigorous.
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