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    I'm about to receive my VFT and I have never grown one before. I would like to make my plant as healthy and happy as possible however because I live in Westchester NY where winter hasn't been very wintery and putting the plant in the refrigerator is not an option, I am not sure what to do about dormancy. Also I was wondering how much distilled water is appropriate daily and what alternatives there are to feeding the plant flys. One more thing --- Is the soil the plant arrives in OK to leave it in???

    Any other tips on how to care for the plant after it has arrived would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks - Brett

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    Hey Brett

    First WELCOME!! :smile:

    If you bought a plant from here ( PFT.com ) there is a saucer that comes with the plant. SImply put the water in there. ALWAYS keep it filled.

    If you bought it from somebody else and it doesn't have this, use something that you can sit the pot in and fill about a 1/2 inch ( don't want to go really high with water- rot may happen ).

    Just make sure your plant stays wet AT ALL TIMES !
    Never let it fry out. It will die!


    If you have just bought a plant, there is NO NEED FOR DORMANCY!

    Dormancy will however need to happen for the plant in this coming November ( next Winter ). When we get back to that point, trust me....there will be PLENTY of information on what to do for your plant.

    Lets work on getting it there first :smile:

    Feeding your plant is a option....You don't have to feed it anything at all ( think about the plant 'eating' a bug like fertilizer for the plant- which is what it is ). If you feed your plant ( fertilize it ) it will grow faster and bigger. If you don't feed it ( fertilize it ) it WILL STILL GROW...just not as fast. Some of these plants go in the wild WITHOUT ever catching a bug!!
    Alternative food for the plant can be:
    1) eggwhites
    2) Superthrive
    3) make a 'tea'
    4) nothing :biggrin:

    The soil that the plant arrives in will be fine.

    I advise people to NEVER REPOT YOUR FLYTRAP!! ( this is for others reading this as well )

    Repotting does no good for this plant. It gets nothing from the soil. No need to repot. Make a 'tea' and it will love you!!

    If you have to repot ( for whatever reason )...use SCHULTZ CANADIAN SPHAGNUM PEAT MOSS and PERLITE....50-50 mix. You can find this at most garden places and walmart, target...just get schultz brand!

    At the top of the website there is care/ information about the plant, read through that and then if you have questions, post them in here.

    Hope this all helps , and let us know how your plant does!!

    p.s. and don't fret, they are easy to grow as long as you follow directions!!
    DISTILLED WATER ONLY AND GOOD LIGHT...that is really all they need to be happy!

    Good Luck

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    Thank you VERY much!!! Just one question, what do you mean by "make a 'tea' "[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    THANK YOU!!!
    -Brett

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    yea, jaie, how do you make a "tea" for it, i would love to make a tea for my VFT

    and what is eggwhites?
    please jaie or somebody help out nrbelex and i and gives us directions on how to make a tea

    and please someone say what eggwhites are?? thanks

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    Hi Stefano1

    Eggwhites are the part of an egg that is white when it is cooked and clear when it is raw.

    If I am not mistaken what jaie means by 'tea' is peat tea, which can be made by boiling peat moss in water for a while and draining the tanic acid rich water out to use to water your cps - they love it.

    Hope this helps.

    Noah

    (Edited by noah at 3:35 am on Feb. 26, 2002)

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    ok

    I was wanting to end the last post...there was just too much information to keep going...

    So now you have come to the Tea and Eggwhites

    Although I have not played with giving my plants eggwhites ( that would be the clear part of the egg-just not the yolk- the yellow part )

    Many people have...

    They suggest do NOT give to Nepenthes ...the pitchers can't handle it.

    However you can do this for the Sundews, Butterworts, VFT's and Sarracenia.

    You boil an egg. Take only the white part. LITTLE PIECES ONLY- not too much.

    Then feed your plant with it.

    The only problem with the VFt's are they need continued movement to start the digestive process. So I am about to conduct a little test on mine. This is what I plan to do:

    Feed it the eggwhite ( not too much !! )

    2-3 times a day...I am going to 'giggle' the trap ( to make the plant think that it is a bug ). I am hoping it works. As I am looking for more ways NOT TO KILL any bugs.


    The Tea:

    You need:

    a cheese cloth or pantyhose
    a plastic container of some kind ( milk jug tea pitcher that is clear )
    Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss

    Pack the peat moss into the panty hose or cheescloth. ( Like you are making a TEA BAG )

    Then fill the pitcher/jug up with water.

    Place the 'tea bag' in the water.

    Sit it outside and allow to 'brew'

    This will create water with great acidic content ( since the peat moss is very acidic )

    Feed this water to your plant.


    By doing this you have just 'goosed' the soil with more acidity. The plant will love it! This is a great thing to do in place of repotting ( which I try my best to talk people out of )

    Hope this helps!
    Give it a try somtime when you have some time! :smile:

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    Somebody Just answered my question so nevermind!!!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Brett

    (Edited by nrbelex at 8:46 pm on Feb. 25, 2002)

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    Would you consider repotting if the roots are growing out of the drain holes in the pot??

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