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    Okay, long set up but bear with me.

    My fiance's brother lives with us. He picked up the CP hobby from me and has his own mini-bog on our patio. One of his plants if a large (7" winter rosette diameter) VFT. It has just broken dormancy and is sending up 2 flower scapes.

    Now, he has always envied all the trading/swapping I do and all the CP friends I have and he wants to get in on the action. I have told him many times that the first thing he should do is become active here but he is resistant because he says he first wants to actually have something to offer should a trade opportunity come up. He really wants to let his VFTs flower so he can get seeds but he is afraid he will lose his plant because of what it written in 'Savage Garden.'

    So, to the point. What I would like is any pointer/help on keeping VFTs strong and healthy if you let them flower. I would like to give him the opportunity to come into this community and if he feels this is the only way I don't want him to lose his plant while trying.

    Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance

    Pyro

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    I let mine flower last year (without knowing it harms the plant) and it is still alive. It was still growing fine when it was flowering, i think it will grow a little faster if you cut off the flowers though. If you keep it in good conditions it will not die while its flowering. It won't grow so many traps, that all.

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    He'll have to 5 years before he'll have something to trade if he uses seeds. Instead, propogate through leaf cutting.

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    Alvin,

    He wants to trade the seeds. Sorry I wasn't too clear about that.

    Pyro

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    Alvin - How is your royal red leaf propogation coming along ? I'm thinking about doing the same to mine.

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    Pyro,
    I have always allowed my vft to flower and seed and as long as the conditions stay good I have never lost a plant. From what I have been told it will slow down the rate of growth and can cause some deformities of the traps growing during the flowering but the plant will survive and do fine.

    Cheers,

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    Maybe he should cut off one of the of the scapes and leave the other on.

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    Maybe he should cut off one of the of the scapes and leave the other on.

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