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Thread: Traps close, but open quickly

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    roswell1329
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    I'm very new to CP gardening, and I just purchased a VFT for my office to have something small but nice to look at. I've had it for about three days and I've done everything I can to make it's environment a happy one. I do have 2 questions, though:

    1. When the instruction sheets say to "feed 2-3 times a month", does that mean feed the plant as a whole only 2-3 times a month, or feed each trap 2-3 times a month?

    2. I just fed my trap yesterday for the first time, and the trap head closed nicely on a small winged thing I thwapped on the head. Today, however, the trap head is open again (slightly), and the insect seems no worse for wear. Is this the VFT's way of telling me, "That tastes TERRIBLE!" ? Do VFT's have insect preferences?

    Most troubled,
    Roswell.

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    If the insect is not alive, then sometimes the trap will reopen. The trigger hairs inside the trap need to be repeatedly stimulated otherwise it will think it has trapped some kind of debris and reopen. Hope this helps.

    A once a month feeding schedule is appropriate. Make sure the insect is at least 1/3 the size of the trap or less. Other wise, it might rot!

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    roswell1329
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    Thanks for the reply. Just to clarify, I need to feed the entire plant just once a month, or each trap head on the plant once a month?

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    One trap, one insect, once a month. The trap will send the nutrients to the whole plant.

    It would be more fun if you could feed it more often, but resist the urge!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    My thought is you own them, feed them. I usually have one trap always feeding. So it is about 3 to 4 bugs a month. Different strokes for different folks. I am sure you will find your happy medium and what works best for you. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Travis [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Quote (Travis @ July 23 2003,11:01)
    My thought is you own them, feed them. I usually have one trap always feeding. So it is about 3 to 4 bugs a month. Different strokes for different folks. I am sure you will find your happy medium and what works best for you. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Travis [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    Let me rephase that...You do not have to feed them at all if you do not want too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Travis
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    Quote (SnowyFalcon @ July 23 2003,4:35)
    One trap, one insect, once a month. The trap will send the nutrients to the whole plant.

    It would be more fun if you could feed it more often, but resist the urge!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    Just one bug for the whole plant of about 6-8 traps per month? That doesn't sound like much at all. Amazing! Thanks for all your help!

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    when you feed the vft all it is is fertilizing itself
    that is why you dont want to feed it that often
    and you you dont have to feed it often because the traps will start dying because you exhausted the plant
    I love nepenthes

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