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.
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
Last edited by KATastrophe; 08-18-2015 at 10:41 AM.
Originally Posted by fredg
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.
Originally Posted by miguel_migs
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.
Last edited by SerMuncherIV; 08-18-2015 at 11:59 AM.
Does nobody consult the VFT Basic Care Guide anymore??
I agree outside growing is healthier, but i grow mine on an enclosed sunporch / greenhouse with the Windows open in strong sun and they are healthy as can be. Terrariums are better for other CPs in my opinion as much as id like to look at my lovelies all the time id rather they grow healthy and beautiful where they are currently in my sunporch.
U should move ur plan in full sun it'll prob lose its traps and replace them with new traps some may burn or die from acclimation..etc..etc but as long as new growth is present their shouldn't be much to worry about. VFTs like full sun and can take as much as other plants can if not more so and better then them. Give it time i think you'll be surprised at how well VFTs acclimate too your surroundings and temp. You just need good sun light to get the best results.
i found the culprit i guess. i think i watered my plant a lil too much and when i checked up on my plant this morning it has white mold on top of the soil so i have to re-pot and re soil my plant....how do i revive it from a bad state like that
you have a weak plant..not your fault, it was that way when you bought it.
you are also over-fussing with it, and over-thinking..here is what you should do:
1. dont repot it.
2. put in a tray of distilled water, or rain water.
3. put it outside in FULL sun. not indoors, not on a windowsill, not under shade, outside in FULL sun.
Do *nothing* to it for the next month, except keep water in the tray.
That will give it the best chance of surviving..
all you can do is give it everyrhing it needs: good water, and FULL sun.
the full sun will take care of the mold..
the fact that you are getting mold on the surface tells me you havent been giving it enough light!
and/or..you have it indoors, or too sheltered from the elements..
also, where do you live? (just a city and state is fine)
your location will be important when its time to think about winter dormancy.
you should consider stopping giving advice until you have been growing CP's for at least two years..
about half of what are saying is wrong..it's not helpful.
you haven't yet learned the difference between what you read on the internet, and what is true..
sorry, but its just a fact..there is a learning curve.
Last edited by scottychaos; 08-18-2015 at 05:45 PM.