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    @ Miguel

    Transitioning a store-bought VFT (which was likely kept indoors in an enclosed container) to outdoor conditions will generally wilt all of the existing leaves. Cut off the blackening traps at the 'stem' that connects them to the leaf, put them in full sun, keep them in a tray of water, and be patient.

    The existing leaves will probably get sunburnt and wilt, but the next leaf or two that form will be fully acclimated, and likely form much larger, healthier looking traps than when you bought it.

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    I fed them fly's how do I post pics on here?! they started healthy and since I had them I fed them only once with flies in 3 pods. watered then with distilled water not tap. and yes ive been trimming the dead ones off. theres a few that's still healthy. this my first one so im still getting used to it. I just hope they are just acclimating from the store to the outside and vice versa. I put them south at my window just in case the sun is too much
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    I was talking about a plant that is getting acclimated to a new place that is having issues. I wasnt stating it as a Fact in general i have about 32 Venus fly traps and they eat heavily. I was assessing the situation at hand. Cause ive read that plants getting used too their new enviornment are slow until they get used to their new surroundings a d that can hinder their feeding ability and cause their traps to die back. Plus I've seen experiments done online with plants getting every trap on it filled at the same time and suffer.. but if u feed a vft and fill every trap at different times and they are all closed with a meal they are happy and healthy.
    You also need to take into consideration this is a home depot VFT who knows what conditions its been having to live with. That alone would cause some issues depending how long the plants been sitting in their.

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    And when u say u fed them flies do u mean live flies or did u swat them then feed them to ur VFT? Cause if their insides are squished out sometimes it eats threw the trap because of their stomach acid. I've read that flys aren't the healthiest choice for a meal anyways cause it uses a lot of energy to make alot of liquid to digest the fly more so then with other prey they tried, and im assuming that if yr plant is in rough shape that could cause yr traps to die back too
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    Good grief
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by miguel_migs View Post
    I put them south at my window just in case the sun is too much
    Unless you live in the Sahara, or possibly in the Arctic Circle with 24-hour daylight, there's no such thing as too much sun where VFT's are concerned. Mine get about 12+ of full, unadulterated sunlight and thrive. Putting them in a south-facing window is like starving them. You'll likely notice attenuated growth, soft leaves, and smaller traps than you should be getting.

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    Less sun also means a weaker plant, resulting in a reduced capability to handle large amounts of prey, especially with a plant that was just rescued from the tender mercies of the department store. If you wish to save all the traps, it may be prudent to hold off on feeding your new plant, just for a while.

    I don't quite understand this fad among beginner growers with growing VFTs and other temperate carnivores with high-light requirements in poorly-lighted terrariums/places indoors. Sure, it might look cool for a year, but it'll look a lot less cool once the plants are dead. I understand that some people like to have their plants in close proximity for ease of ogling all the time, but I would rather take the time to go outside and marvel at healthy plants rather than constantly look at a dingy terrarium that reminds me of my poor horticultural skills. Unless you live in the Gobi Desert or an exceptionally shady neighborhood (pun intended), there's really no excuse NOT to grow outside.
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