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    I just bought a Common Venus Fly Trap today and I was wondering, what comes with the one from this site? Will I need to go out and buy anything else? I also wonder, will my plant die if I were to use any regular soil?

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    Hi Taz

    Welcome to the forums and congrats on your new plant. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    First off...any questions you have about plants you've ordered you can contact the owners, Phil and Jeff, directly and ask. They will be more than happy to answer your questions about your purchases. And there are gabillions of folks here to offer you help at any time on care of your plants.

    As for soil, you can't use regular potting soil. Its too rich. VFTs need a nutrient poor soil...the most common mix is 50/50 peat moss to sand. You can add perlite too to lighten the soil. Fertilizers will kill them.

    Unless you ordered a bulb, your plant should arrive potted. Then all you need to do is provide the right conditions....lots of bright light or full sun, lots of pure water (distilled or rain) and good air circulation. Left alone, your VFT will catch plenty of bugs.

    Hope you enjoy your plant. You will probably end up with MORE. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote (PlantAKiss @ July 22 2002,02:56)
    lots of pure water (distilled or rain)[/QUOTE]
    Key to success... Do not use tap water. Distilled, rain or reverse osmosis (RO) water only to keep this baby alive.
    There's a tunnel at the end of the light...

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    Must I have a terrarium? Could I just sit the potted plant outside and let it do it's thing? Sorry for all of the questions, I'm just realy worried and want the best for my plant. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi Tazz

    No, you do not need a terrarium and, in my opinion, they do best out of an enclosed space. I'm not saying you CAN'T grow them in a terrarium or tank...many people do... but you have to be careful about things like air ciruclation. I started with my first VFTs in a terrarium and they were NOT happy. But its been smooth sailing since they were put in their own pots and moved outside. They appreciate the air circulation which helps prevent m old and rot.

    So...yes, you can just set them outside and "let them do their thing". [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Thats exactly what I do. They are out in the sun and I keep them wet in a shallow saucer of water. They eat flies like crazy and even a few surprise things like granddaddy longlegs and bees. Sometimes I sit outside and look at them and I've seen them catch flies before my eyes.

    Flytraps are not a tropical plant so they dont have the high humidity requirements some CPs have. So no terrarium is needed.

    Just plop it outdoor and enjoy!

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    Thanks alot for your time and patience, you've really brought comfort. I have one final question, with only one plant, is it possible to reproduce them?

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    yes they have both make and female organs [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Do I re-plant the stem of the flower?

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