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Thread: Growing and Cloning B52 Venus Fly Traps

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    The times we gave you are for plants grown in the most optimal conditions, including light. Be careful with the enclosed box, it can get too hot, and not let in enough air circulation. Fungus is not fun, and it can take hold very fast.


    The sundew sounds like a D. capensis, a very fast plant. But don't compare any sundew to a flytrap, they are completely different, and grow at different rates.

    The maggots can be expected. House flies especially are known to hold eggs until they find a suitable place to lay them, and they sometimes hatch before they are laid. The trap turning brown before the meal was finished probably means that the trap was too old to finish the deed. I wouldn't call this a symbiotic relationship, the fly never laid it's eggs where they were supposed to go, and they have since perished for lack of food. Momma wasn't enough, by far.
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    Perhaps it was an old trap, but these maggots were protected and nurtured much more than normal.

    Maggots eat the same stuff that VFTs grow in, so its not a far drop to their next meal.

    The Sundew was a Cape Albino. I wish my B52s would grow that fast!

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    Actually, house fly larvae don't eat peat, they eat protein, ie flesh.

    Drosera capensis var. alba. A very fast grower indeed! Be careful, it may become weedy.
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    One time some birds ate my B52s so... yeah. Also:

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    Lol knucks

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    Venus flytraps eating insects is about as symbiotic as a grizzly bear eating a human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinthetrap View Post
    I am definitely interested in making some B52 seeds. Genetics is fascinating.

    A seedling of a B52 could be the next best cultivar =)

    My cat tried to kill my butterwort, so I thought a box would be a good idea.

    I have a slightly smaller box with no top at all, but I think VFT will grow just fine in a 100% enclosed terrarium.

    I definitely do not have 2 or 3 years worth of patience, but I think I can cut that estimate in half with enough light.

    I grew a Sundew from a tiny plant with just a few leaves to flowering in 4 months with just 24 little RGB LEDs.

    One time I captured a very fat fly and hand fed it to my venus fly trap. After a week or so the trap rotted and I noticed some maggots coming out of it.

    The VFT and the Fly's both benefited from this encounter, so I see the two as having a symbiotic relationship.
    No seed is going to produce a B-52. B-52 is a unique individual, genetically speaking. Seeds can produce plants with the physical traits of B-52, but the only way to create B-52 plants is to clone that unique individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sashoke View Post
    Venus flytraps eating insects is about as symbiotic as a grizzly bear eating a human.
    Probably be a be a better analogy to use a polar bear .... they are known to actually hunt people with eating in mind. Grizzly attacks are usually resulting from abject stupidity or naiveté on the part of the human.
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