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    It seems like either of the following or could none of them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] :
    1. Not enough light
    2. The soil is to moist or to dry
    3. Never got its sleep (dormancy)
    4. Sudden change of enviroment
    5. Not humid enough (I doubt it)
    6. Complications coming out of dormancy (not all vft's make it through dormancy due to conditions - know matter what you do sometimes they just die)

    I would go with not enough light and possible waterlog. Lighting is really important to cps. As I would find a better lighting condition (east or west windowsills work the best).

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    Quote (Phil traper2 @ April 17 2003,8:14)
    Humidity: All vft's from my reserch love humidity and high temps in the higher 70's. Humidity should be aout 65% for a vft for it to grow.[/QUOTE]

    Phil traper2, if done slowly, flytraps can be weaned off high humidity. Mine grow in my south window in trays with ~" of water in the tray that is allowed to dry out for no longer than three and sometimes four days in the winter and never during the summer. I have seven VFTs growing in an 18"L x 5'W x 5D window planter. I water it when the surface looks dry. The humidity is usually about 35% but it can be much lower. The trick is to lower the humidity slowly so the leaves have time to adapt to the change.
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    The traps are dying because of the frequency ofd the feedings. Your plant does not need to be fed at all. If you want to feed it, do it at a maximum of once every 2 weeks, and only one trap on the plant, not all of them. Give it a lot of light. I keep my green dragon fly traps in a nine inch pot, which sits in a large bowl of water, that way the soil just absorbs the water. Good luck, and your plant should revive withing a few weeks.

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    Quote (garth66 @ April 17 2003,10:49)
    Hi,
    ...my son was feeding it almost once/day in the first 1-2 weeks.[/QUOTE]
    He wasn't by chance feeding it dead flies was he? I ask because you either bought a nice big VFT with lots of traps or the traps were opening back up a day or so later and getting re-fed.
    VFT traps need the trigger hairs stimulated at two different points in the trapping sequence. First when the bug enters the trap and triggers it closed. Then again after the trap is closed in order to activate the traps 'sealing' response. The insect usually triggers the second response by continuously tripping the trigger hairs while moving around trying to get out. Dead bugs just lay there and the trap reopens rather than waste energy on digesting something that could be junk such as a piece of leaf or twig that was blown into the trap by chance.
    I put my VFTs outside during the summer and let them catch their own food. They do quite well [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .
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    It shouldn't need dormancy if he bought it a month ago.

    They are usually pretty fresh out of vitro.

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    Quote (schloaty @ April 18 2003,04[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]6)
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    However, if I had to make a stab in the dark, I'd say your conditions are too wet[/QUOTE]

    Darcie, just to confuse things, what do you think of this: I keep all my VFT's on the tray method 24/7 in 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water....That's pretty wet. They all thrived. How wet is too wet? I know they do generally grow where it's not always waterlogged, but I find (in my limitted experience) that they are quite water-hardy (can you say "water-hardy?")

    Things that make you go "hmmmmm." [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    The plants are in a terrarium, thats why, I'm talking about poster two, with the 70% humidity. VFT sort of have two ways of life, high humidity with light watering or low humidity with heavy watering. Their are other factors, but thats the basics
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