I have been trying to grow a venus flytrap for two years now, but without fail, they always die in the winter(go limp, then black, then rot away), and do not neccesarily prosper even when they are not in dormancy(poor growth, poor colour).
I realise that this obviously has to do with something I am doing, but I cannot figure it out. I am going to try again and I'm planning on buying it in late spring, but before I do I want to correct what I may be doing wrong.
Vft Growing Conditions In First Year:
-Light supplied from one flourescent bulb
-Humidity supplied by plastic dome plant came with
-Pot approx. 5cm in diameter
-Watered from top, no holes in pot for drainage
-Heat from flourescent light
-Watered using tap water (Probably the main reason this one died)
-Soil which came with plant (looked to be 100% sphagnum moss)
Death:Slowly, near fall, leaves turned black then died.
VFT Growing Conditions In Second Year:
-Light supplied by flourescent bulb + small east facing window
-Humidity supplied by round glass decanter overturned over pot
-Transplanted to clay pot, approx. 9cm diameter, holes for drainage
-Watered using tray method, from bottom
-Heat from sunlight and flourescent light
-Watered using distilled water
-Soil was 100% sphagnum moss
-Put in fridge for dormancy, soil kept moist
Deathuring dormany, all leaves turned black, rhizome became mush, etc.
Now the important bit:
Future Plant Conditions
Will be Purchased from:Niagra Exotics
-Flourescent light + east facing window
-Soil it comes with, may transplant later
-Humidity from small fishtank terrarium
-Whichever pot it comes with will be used
-Will water with distilled water, tray method
-Fridge dormancy, soil kept dryer than last time
Death: I hope not! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
If of any importance,
Geographical Location: Trenton, Ontario
(I think I have now given as much information as is humanly possible )
Now if I use the above plan, will I have any problems keeping this plant alive?