On the advice of those here, I transplanted my 6 year old's VFT into a 6 inch pot of 50% Canadian Sphagnum and 50% washed perlite.
For those of you not familiar with this ongoing saga, the VFT came home with my son from a museum class on carnivorous plants. It had been in the bottom of a two liter soda bottle, planted in mostly sphagnum peat. The plant looked much happier after transplant and began sending up many green shoots from the center--all of which have blackened and died before getting to be "full grown". Some only get to be a half inch high or so. There's one that's gotten larger than the others, with the bud of a trap starting to form, but even that is looking a little wilty this morning. What could be wrong? The plant is sitting in a tray with about 1/2 inch of R.O. water, and it spends it's days under a tree in the backyard. I thought filtered sunlight might stop the new shoots from burning, but it hasn't. Nights have been getting cooler here, so I bring it in at night. I live in Wi, could the plant be getting ready to go dormant? It doesn't seem likely, as there are so many new shoots coming up. I'm down to one green leaf on the plant, and as I said, it's not looking good.
Thanks once again to all of you experts!