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    Has Anyone Else Noticed This?

    My typical and "Dentate Traps" Venus flytraps both have generated at least one flower stalk with me; the former I cut off. My typical plant began making a SECOND, which I also cut off (which you'd know if you've looked at my Grow List and Eat Counts recently). Both times, only a couple weeks after, THIS happened:
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    The centers of my plants became WAY crowded with growth! I'm pretty sure that my typical flytrap has divided several times and that it has something to do with me sacrificing the flowers. Are the plants desperate to reproduce or is it something else? That's really all I can think of. If you've ever experienced this in your plants, post a photo! I'd like to see it.

    I would greatly appreciate any facts, opinions, personal anecdotes, blah, blah blah about this topic!

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    Flowering exhausts Dionaea. When you cut the stalks off, the plant can concentrate on dividing and producing new leaves.

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    yep , i pinch off all flower stalks and seem tog et much better growth

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    What I don't understand is that my other Venus flytraps haven't flowered, so they're not exhausted, yet they have not divided. I still think that this happened IN RESPONSE to me getting rid of the flowers. Also, even though my typical plant already has flowered and currently is making seeds, somehow it STILL has energy to divide, and several times, at that!

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    It is in response to you cutting the flower stalks. The plants convert the energy intended for flowering into energy for growth.

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    So it's almost like adding fertilizer: energy intended for one purpose is left unused, and so the plant has extra energy left. Right?

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    Yup. That's pretty much it in a nut shell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Flowering exhausts Dionaea.
    I would have to dispute that. Dionaea is a flowering plant, it has been flowering and producing seed for millenia.
    Allowing the plant to perform it's natural cycle will only affect it negatively if the growing conditions / regime are less than optimal.
    I never remove the inflorescence unless it gets in the way.
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