Ok I am a new vft owner and am probably going to ask some stupid questions. But stick with me here because I am new and ignorant on the subject.
I bought a vft about 2 months ago. I put it in a small pot and stuck it on my railing on the porch of my apartments. I live in little rock Arkansas and it gets about 6 hours of direct sunlight and 4 hours of shaded sunlight. I keep about an inch and a half of water (from my fish aquarium) at the bottom of the larger pot. Now the pot that the flytrap is in has holes on the bottom so that the soil will be moist (and certainly stays moist).
Ok so since I got it there have been new traps coming up and old ones dying off. In addition, here in the last 2 weeks the inside of the traps have been developing a little red in them. So it seems like everything is going good.
However, here recently the stems have been getting black on the edges and the flytraps have been getting black on around the edges of it too. And they have been dying off. So I pruned those off from the bottom of the stem.
Questions: why are they turning black? Should I be pruning them? And if so do I prune the traps or from the stem?
Ok and if I feed the traps they close within 5-10 seconds and stay closed for 3 or 4 days and then turn black and die? WHY? (I have only fed it 3 times so far. But it caught one bug by its self)
Overall it looks like it was doing very good but here recently these things have worried me. Please please help me out. Oh ya and sorry about the grammar and spelling.
p.s. I will try to load some pics here in the next couple of days.