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    Hello all,

    I repotted my VFT today cos the old pot was too small. My original plan was to take out the plant with the compost intact and simply put that into a bigger pot and fill the sides with new compost. Then I saw these little slow-release fertilizer balls and decided to do away with the old compost as well.

    Fumbling along, I introduced peat/sand to many of the traps, causing them to shut. I put the whitish base into the soil but the part where the white changes to green is left exposed. I just couldn't bury this without burying some of the low-lying traps as well.

    So, some questions:
    1. Will the traps which have peat/sand in them die, or will they open up after a while?

    2. Should I bury the whitish-green parts of the leaves? The big whitish bulb is underneath the soil.

    3. What else shld I do?

    Thanks!

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    1. Will the traps which have peat/sand in them die, or will they open up after a while?
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    No, they won't die. This happens to my VFT's every time it rains hard. When they re-open, you can gently flush them with water to clean them.
    I'm going to let someone else anser the second question...I'm not too sure myself!
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    Thanks for the reply... hopefully it'll be all right.

    Anyway I've got some pics of it here, just to see if any1 can see any probs with it.





    The "before" pic is here.

    The old pot was 3 inches deep; the new one's 5 inches.

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    i think that brown part at the bottom of your plant shown in the second pic is a flower spike that was cut
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    eBeyonder,
    Looks fine to me! Looks like you did a great job on re-potting, if it was a first to you [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Thanks for all the helpful replies [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    But one concern... in the before pic, the leaves were in a nice little circle.. after repotting they look like they're all over the place. Did I do some (unintended) rearrangement and would this harm the plant?

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    Quote (eBeyonder @ July 28 2003,04:28)
    1. Will the traps which have peat/sand in them die, or will they open up after a while?

    2. Should I bury the whitish-green parts of the leaves? The big whitish bulb is underneath the soil.

    3. What else shld I do?[/QUOTE]
    Sounds like me repotting my VFTs [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] The only thing left to do is enjoy your plants! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Don't worry about it, your plant will re-rosset in no time, it looks fine [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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