I keep a wide variety of carnivorous plants...from cephalotus to Nepenthes...but for some reason, I just can't keep VFT's alive. *Here are two pics of what usually happens to the traps:
In the first pic, you can see what happens to existing traps...a unique "striped-like" decay initially appears, eventually spreading to the whole trap. *The second picture is what happens to some traps before they even form completely. *This same thing even happens to new VFT's that I place in the terrarium....takes about 3 weeks to a month for them to start declining healthwise. *
I'm keeping them in the following conditions: *50/50 peat/sand mix; lighting = 2 40W cool white flourescents; water = distilled. *I even keep some Sarracenia and Drosera in the same terrarium...they do wonderfully. *Could this be due to inadequate air circulation? *Any help would be greatly appreicated. *Thank you.