First I would like to say that after spending the last several hours reading through posts, you people are really nice! You don't see that often.
Okay, now onto my problem. several years ago (I was somewhere around 9 years old) My mother bought me my first venus fly trap. For about 3 months I abolutley adored that plant... and then came the day that the cat decided she wanted to sit in the window where the plant was...
the poor thing slid down a brick wall top side first. It didn't recover, and I am now left with the nagging fear that I will somehow break the poor little critter no matter how careful I am.
Now, 20ish years later, my fiancee knowing I like odd plants, and getting tired of being stabbed by my cacti, bought me another one. I have to admit, I am a little scared. I have heard so much in the last few weeks from supposed experts (everything from "letting them eat more than three bugs a month will kill them" to "If the moss in the pot feels wet your overwatering") I don't know who to believe anymore, and I absolutely refuse to believe the instructions that came with the plant telling me to feed it ground beef (PLEASE!! Where is a venus fly trap naturally going to eat a cow?!?![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img].
From reading the posts here I have manged to figure out that
1) they do much better feeding themselves
2) damp is good, dry is bad
3) they need sunlight
I still have a few questions though,
How much sunlight? How much water? Will it be alright on a covered south facing sun porch in south florida? Is there ever a case where I NEED to feed it? And eventually, when I get over my terror of breaking it, how does one go about multiply the plant?
I *realize that most of these questions are probably answered on this message board already, however after 3 hours of searching and reading my eyes are going fuzzy and my brain refuses to process any more information.
So, it would appreciated if someone could really quickly anwer these questions so I have the answers all in one place [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks ever so much