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    When I see pictures of what I think are Blue Ribbon VFT'S they are almost invariably clumped together.

    I had a nursuryman (correct term?) tell me that VFT'S enjoy being clumped together loosely; that it helps their root system by each system keeping the soil broken up for the other. Also, I think that you get plants together; the combined 'transpiration' helps with humidity.

    Any thoughts?

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    Hmm....well my VFT "Hertodoxa" is a mound of leaves right now with about 3-5 growing point on it. I and going to cut off 2 of the growing point next year as it is VERY tighly compacted. But I do see why the nursury man said that as more roots does equal a healthier plant and it certanily should win a blue medal for the amount of traps on it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I think I agree. I'd probably agree more if I knew what Hertodoxa means.
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    Heterodoxa is the VFT that is all green with a rossette of leave that hug the ground year round Wesly. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    wow, you learn something new every day here... so if a plant starts to devide itself into multiple rosets it's consitered to be one plant with multipull growth points? Is that correct? It's only seporet clones if you pull appart the rossets? Did I get that right? If so my plant has 1.5 growth ponts, lol (yup, 1.5 rossests)
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    If the plant has one big rhizome with a few growing points, then it is one plant. But you don't know that unless you dig it out (recommended during dormancy only&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    Some VFTs have very short petioles anyway, I don't think it has anything to do with the growing conditions or what their roots are like.
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    Let me add that VFT's get nothing from the soil other than water.

    You cannot fertilize ( that is why it catches bugs )
    No minerals help out the plant ( ie bugs )

    So basically the plant uses the roots as an anchor in the ground.

    I have found that VFT's do not like to be in a huge pot. All of my collection are in smaller pots and they thrive, producing more traps that are larger than other plants in bigger pots.

    To me, it is almost like if they have the room, and they will grow roots instead. If they havnen't the room, then they will focus on traps ( just like Sarracenia )

    The heterodoxa VFT is lacking a chemical ( can't spell it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]) that would produce the red. So without it, it cannot produce the 'red traps'.

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    Anthocynanin is the red pigment I think!

    I tend to grow VFTs in two sizes of pots, 3" for the small ones and 5" for the biggies.
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