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    Does anyone know what exactly tissue culture is? cause they sure do say it a lot on Carnivorous plant websites.

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    Thats when they plant seeds or leaf cuttins(?) in agar... that is nutriend rich jelly... and they put that in a sterile environment (vile, or baby food jar type deal), then, they put that in a fridge type thing... maybe its warm... that would make sense... but anyway, thats a way to get good plants quickly...

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    Tissue culture is a method of artificially reproducing plants.

    In a flytraps case, a leaf cutting, of valuable seed is placed in a nutrien solution that is loaded with chemicals that alter the behavior of the plants cells, causing rapid growth, division, and so forth.

    one seed, if left in TC for long enough, will form a single plant. If left in culture long enough, that plant will split, and keep on splitting, forming clumps of flytraps, and it will keep doing so until the plant is taken out of culture.

    TC is sterile, so when the plants come out, they must be hardened off. Once that is done, they are ready for whatever fate they may have!

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    What are these chemicals that the plants are loaded with? Can we use those chemicals on non tc plants to make them grow faster?

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    http://www.kitchenculturekit.com/Index.htm

    I am not real sure about doing this to a plant that has is already grown....but it might be worth a shot. Just use something that you have multiple of, in case it doesn't work out.

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    If i'm not mistaken, it is agar... right? This is the stuff taht scientist wipe swabs of germs on to make them grow... only, obviously, a different set of nutrients are found it it... You know thos petri dishes with bacteria colonies? THAT stuff... I"m not sure if you can grow a plant in it... You'd have to hold the CLEANED roots in place as the hot gelly solidifies. Would the heat perhaps harm the plant? I dont know the melting point of the powder, or the solidification point of the gelly... Agar is expensive too, so if you do get some you wouldnt want to use it on something thats already grown...

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    Ya it might work ,but it probly cause rampid bacteria growth
    among other bad things.

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    I agree, adding agar to a non-sterile environment is just asking for a science project to explode right in your pot!

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