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    MaryZ
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    Hello everyone. I recently purchased a small VFT for my 7 yr old son. I've been reading through recent posts (realizing that I have already made many mistakes). And on top of that, the lady at the register told me that I could feed the VFT raw hamburger (thanks alot lady). Of course we did. I'm wondering did we already kill it, or is there still hope for a revival? BTW, the traps that we put the hamburger in are still closed, and that was 5 days ago.

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    Welcome to the forums! People these days telling consumers like us the wrong care for a plant. Well there is a chance or I should say a great possibility for survival. Feeding a VFT once with Hamburger will not neccsasarily kill it at all. It may just lead to the rotting of the trap that it was fed. Well if there are any other traps that are open on the plant place a dead or alive insect in it. That should clear up your problem. I also noticed you are in Michigan. Well I am wondering do you know a Mrs. Paula M. Myers? Welcome to the forums again!

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    Yes, welcom to the forums. After you are done with the postings on this forum you might try a web search for "venus fly trap". There are several web sights with good care instructions on them. About the hamburger, you may have gotten away with it! If the trap has not turned black by now it should open back up soon and be fine, but if it starts to turn black, nothing to worry about, just wait till the whole trap turns black then cut it off the end of the leaf and the plant will be fine, this is normal after a large meal, and by all means keep us poated on how your plant does!

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    hey mary

    First off...WELCOME TO THE FORUMS!!!

    What else have you done to the plant that you feel is a mistake?

    With regards to feeding it hamburger...I would just cut off the trap ( not the whole leaf...just what closed on the hamburger)

    I have a place on this site...plant care and information...there you will find basic care sheets for various plants.

    If you have any other questions...Please feel free to send me a message or just leave a post in the forums..There are lots of great people ( you just met a few ) that are willing to help in any way that they can!!! :smile:


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    Welcome!!! Just cut of the traps that are rotting and make sure the plant has high humidity.

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    Thanks people, for all the great info. My son was happy to hear that his plant would probably make a comeback. It was just so neat to watch the traps chomp down on the hamburger. (I admit we did go a little crazy.) I guess I'll have to cut off 3 of the 8 traps. Other things we did wrong were put our fingers in the traps, keep the plastic wrapping on the bottom, and spritz it with tap water. (It's a miracle this thing is still alive.) But it actually looks pretty good. And no I do not Know Mrs. Meyers, sorry.

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    That is OK MaryZ. Thanks for the reply!

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    I found this site most interesting and because the author has experimented with vfts he knows what he is talking about from first hand experiance...
    http://www.ct.net/~crvny/sa03005.html

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