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Thread: Leaf cuttings: can dead/blackening traps be used?

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    Since the traps of the VFT die, can I make use of these (and those that are blackening) for leaf cuttings? I have tried getting a blackened leaf with the whitish base still white, and was just wondering if this wld actually work.

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    It can and does work. I did this with my Red Dragon. Results may vary.

    I should have gone further and said that you can cut off the dead or dying trap and use the remaining section of the leaf ( the petiole ) as a leaf cutting.



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    That's good! No more wastage of dead leaves then [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    But if I keep on cutting leaves off, would it affect the parent plant's health?

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    I think it would affect it eventually. When I was younger, I assumed incorrectly that the leaves would never die and I kept trying to cut the black parts off. Unfortunately I never had a flytrap live more than a year in my youth. I'm not a botonist, but my thought process is that it may be possible for the flytrap to suck the good parts out of the leaves back into the plant.

    If your plant is healthy and the leaf isn't green, I'd go for it. But only infrequently...maybe every other dying leaf.

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    I'd say that you might want to do every other leaf. The plant could still use the leaves even though the trap itself is dead, the leaf can photosinthisize(sp). I personally have never try root cuttings, so I could be wrong.

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    i did not know that you could use black traps for cuttings
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    you can't necessarily use "dead traps", but you can use petioles with dead traps. you need to get part of the whiteish base of the petiole, as this is where the new plantlets will sprout from. i like to use petioles with dead traps, as it cleans up the look of the vft.

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    So in conclusion,

    1. Petioles with dead traps can be used so long as the whitish base is present.

    2. Constant peeling of the petioles with the whitish base may or may not affect the parent plant?

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