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    [B] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Hi, i was just wondering how many times a month should i feed my venus fly trap? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    You actually do not need to feed it. They will do just fine. More VFTs are killed by stuffing them with bugs and bits of all kinds of stuff than if they were never fed. If you feel motivated to stick a fly, cricket, spider in a trap now and then, that's fine to satisfy your craving. But, the VFT will do just fine without it.

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    About once a month for forced feedings, although letting it get it's own occational meal is probubly best. I try to have mine eat at least twice a year for good mesure, but they don't need to.
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    Hi **********, Welcome to the forums [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

    As Bobz and Darcie have said, you don't have to feed your VFT. I stick mine outside when the weather is nice and they catche plenty of bugs. Keep in mind that traps only close 3 to 5 times before they quit closing on bugs. If you feed your VFT you may want to consider alternating which traps get fed to avoid wearing any one trap out to fast. Also, make sure the bug is small enough to fit completely within the trap when it closes. If a leg or something is sticking outside the trap when it closes, fungus and/or bacteria will get started on the partially digested bug and will usually cause the trap to die. This is nothing to get worried about as the plant will grow a new leaf/trap to replace it. When traps do die, just cut the blackened part off.
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    Or if you are like me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] you do not have bugs that would happily jump into the trap [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] . I usually keep one trap feeding all the time. Seems to work pretty well for me. They really do not need any bugs but what is the point of that (right? Venus Fly Trap - Key word Trap). Plus, bugs help them grow and give them added nutrients. I also think it helps them when you put them into dormancy. As they are a stronger plant compared to a vft that has not been feed. I am sure you will find a Happy Medium for you vft. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Good Luck and Happy Growing!

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    Quote (Travis @ Mar. 25 2003,10:22)
    They really do not need any bugs but what is the point of that (right? Venus Fly Trap - Key word Trap).[/QUOTE]
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    Quote (Travis @ Mar. 26 2003,12:22)
    Or if you are like me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] you do not have bugs that would happily jump into the trap [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] . I usually keep one trap feeding all the time. Seems to work pretty well for me. They really do not need any bugs but what is the point of that (right? Venus Fly Trap - Key word Trap). Plus, bugs help them grow and give them added nutrients. I also think it helps them when you put them into dormancy. As they are a stronger plant compared to a vft that has not been feed. I am sure you will find a Happy Medium for you vft. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Good Luck and Happy Growing!

    Travis[/QUOTE]
    Um, they don't get more energy for eating more, all the insects provide are the nutrients that lack in the soil. At a surtain point, they can't make use of any more insects and overfeeding increases your chances of the traps rotting.
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    Quote (Darcie @ Mar. 26 2003,6:22)
    Um, they don't get more energy for eating more, all the insects provide are the nutrients that lack in the soil.[/QUOTE]
    I knew some one was going to point that out. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] Well perhaps not energy but faster growth compared to a vft that is not feed at all.
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