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    Guys, I had a flytrap for a little over a year in it's original pot and it was doing great. It's roots started to grow out of the bottom of the pot, so I transplanted it into a vase. It's a huge vase, so I filled it about half way up with the soil mixture. I have 8 inches of soil up the vase with 8 inches of air above the soil (from the soil to the opening on top, so the vase is 16 inches high). It's 9 inches across where the flytrap is potted and at the bottom it's 5 1/2 inches across. It has a 7 inch wide opening on top, and I have a plexiglass piece over some of it to keep the humidity in. I water it often, enough to keep the soil moist, but the leaves are starting to turn black. I haven't watered it in a few days, but I kept feeling the soil and it was moist, so I thought it would be fine. There are only a couple leaves left, I'm worried they'll go too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] What should I do guys?! Thank you
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    First, only use Canadian spaghum peat moss to reaplnt it in. Second, VFT's dont need to much humidity. Third it could be because of major shock which might cause shedding of leaves, because its so use to being in a tiny pot its whole life. Or.... well lets just say, you didnt clean the vase thorough before putting him in.
    \"The plant grew. It\'s resoruces were taken away. He was forced to evolve. He struggled and pushed and grew, until finally one day it sprouted a trap. A bug landed in, he was a little to noisy and got himself locked in. The plant now had resoruces, and he grew happy as a VFT for years.\"

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    hmmm, I used sphagnam moss from wisconsin, and I didn't clean it thoroughly before-hand. But I did use it as a cover for a while, I suppose that's not at all the same as planting it in there. Crap, does that mean I just killed my plant then?? I feel really bad, I took such good care of it. I'll try taking the plexiglass partially off. About the shock, it lost all of it's old traps after I repotted and grew a bunch of new ones, I figured that was shock. But then the new ones started to turn brown. What do you think I should do? I sure hope it'll be ok. Thanks alot for your help.
    -gecko3

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    Well, from what i know from the past (I use to love VFT's and pitchers and all this) you have praobly killed it.
    \"The plant grew. It\'s resoruces were taken away. He was forced to evolve. He struggled and pushed and grew, until finally one day it sprouted a trap. A bug landed in, he was a little to noisy and got himself locked in. The plant now had resoruces, and he grew happy as a VFT for years.\"

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    I was able to pull some plants (including my VFT) out of shock with some superthrive treatment....Maybe that will work if it's not too far gone.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    #### it, what did I do? the wisconsin peat moss? I mixed it with sand and pearlite. Or not cleaning the vase? How do you clean it? What is superthrive? Can I get it at any gardening store? It's too bad this happened. It seemed so hearty and now seems so fragile. jeez, I don't know what to do. Thanks for your help guys
    -Paul

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    Hi gecko3,

    Welcome to the forum. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Does your VFT have any green leaves left? If yes...don't give up hope. VFT are very hardy and can come back from near death in most cases.

    First, your vase has no drainage. With 8 inches of soil, it is hard to judge if your soil is waterlogged...not good for your VFT. Try repotting into a pot with a drain and place on tray with 1/2 inch water standing.

    Second, there is 8 inches from the soil to the top of the vase...right? Is the VFT able to get any sun so deep in the vase? Again, as above...repot in to something not as big as the vase (w/ a drainage).

    During this "shock" stage, it maybe a good idea to leave the cover on to prevent drying. I have found on many occasions, that sometime too much attention is not always good.

    As above, if your VFT is growing indoors, repot and cover and place in area with good sunlight (but not HOT&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] and forget about it for a week, only checking on the water level in the tray every 2-3 days.

    Keep us updated on your patient [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Hey Waycool, thanks for the welcome.

    Yes, it still has 4 green leaves, but the rest are turning brown.

    The vase is a clear glass vase, so I can see the bottom, and there isn't any water built up down there. I stuck my finger down in the soil pretty far between the flytrap and the side of the vase and the soil wasn't really wet, but nice and moist, so I'm pretty sure it's not waterlogged. I'm hesitant to re-pot now because it's in shock, I would think that would be too much for it. Do you think I could just check the soil every few days with my finger?

    It is 8 inches from the top, but it's the clear glass vase so it's getting a lot of sunlight through it. I hadn't mentioned it was a clear vase, I guess that's kind of a big thing, if it wasn't, I can see where that'd be real bad.

    Ok, I'll leave the plexiglass on. You said not a hot place, that made me think it might be a little too hot in the mornings and afternoons. I have it sitting by a window on the counter and it gets lots of sunlight every morning and afternoon. It's on the south window of the house, and I live in North Dakota, so that gets a lot of sun. Maybe it's too hot for it? I could try moving it back from the window a little bit, or what would you suggest? Thanks a lot.
    -Paul

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