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Thread: Growing and Cloning B52 Venus Fly Traps

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    Growing and Cloning B52 Venus Fly Traps

    Looking for advice on growing these cultivars quickly and cloning them.

    I know how to pull a leaf and then stick it in some wet moss to form a new plant.

    Is that the best way? I wan't many clones fast, and I don't want to hurt my plants.

    I think I may have fried one of my B52 plants slightly, how much light is too much?

    Right now I have 2 x 25 Watt CFLs. I recently removed an additional 10W LED bulb.

    The temperature was 92 degrees!


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    Are you trying to clone them or steam them? Open that thing up. They can take full sun all day long. You wouldn't want to pay the electric bill to make that much light artificially.
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    aside from leaf pullings, your best bets are flower stalk cuttings and natural division.

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    I would like to add a word of caution. Those plants look very new, as if they've been recently divided themselves. I would give them a few months to rest, at minimum, before removing any material to propagate with. Even then, at best, you can take only two or three leaves per plant, and then let them rest again for a while.

    May I ask what the rush is? Division and leaf and flower cuttings are slow methods of making new plants. What is commonly done now to make the hundreds of plants in a little time to keep up with collectors is cloning, but that is expensive, and has a steep learning curve.
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    If you're trying to start a VFT B52 business, thats a great desire & I wish you the best of luck & success! You'll not find a cake mix recipe for success so easily because the answer is very complex.

    My best advice:

    How to grow B52 quickly:
    1.
    2. Research
    3. More Research

    Fastest way to clone B52
    1. Research & spend $$$$$$ on lab equipment
    2. What SubRosa said
    3. What Lil Stinkpot said
    4. Research?

    Unless you're well knowledged & equipped for tissue culturing, then you might as well take it slow with the leaf pulls or get some VFT seeds. Also research

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    There is no "fast" or "rush" in our hobby, so +1 to what the others have written

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    And dude, you are going to want to open that thing up. As SubRosa said, you are going to end up steaming them in there, unless you live up in Canada or something those flytraps will be fine outside for the summer if you can give them 6 or more hours of direct sun per day.

    Tissue Culture is the best. If you can't afford to do that, I'm just warning you, you are definitely not going to make a lot of money. If you are really serious, invest in a little home TC kit. That'll take you a long way towards what you want to do. I'm sure there are some TC experts here on this forum whom you could ask for advice.

    Again, I don't want to discourage you, rather I'd like to encourage you, but there comes a point where something you try to do is either going to take too much time or be too hard to do, and that is the point you just need to think about it a little more.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Stinkpot View Post
    What is commonly done now to make the hundreds of plants in a little time to keep up with collectors is cloning, but that is expensive, and has a steep learning curve.
    "Steep" learning curve? Heck no. It is an investment to begin for sure, but on another forum there is a guy who just started TC'ing a couple years ago. He has great success now, as is obvious in the health of his plants.
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