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    D. Muscipula, do you think its possible that the plant died back in reaction to its new environment? I have a typical that I bought last summer from a local nursery that died completely to the ground to the point I literally left it for dead for several weeks. Then by chance I happened to glance into its pot one day and saw new sprouts. Since then it has been growing like a champ.

    Also a question for you and FTG, are the plants that are having problems ones you let flower this year? Do you think the problems might be weakening from flowering?

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    Actually, the one that died DID flower this year, and set seed. However, none of the other affected VFTs flowered this year. The flowering may have made the difference between living and dying, but it didn't determine who got sick or not.

    Unfortunately, the disease began before the move. Otherwise, i'd just chock it up to environmental changes.

    FTG: I didn't realize it had been that way since March. It sounds like you might have a bad soil mix, since flushing the pots helped. Or, you've been watering with tap water. Finally, the fact that ALL of your plants have been sickly all year suggests that something is wrong with the growing conditions. In the case of my plants, they were growing great until WHAM! They started dying back.

    Perhaps your plants missed dormancy last year, and have been trying to go dormant all summer?
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    hhhm , that kinda happened to one of my flytraps before , it was a dionaea muscipula ' red variety ' . the plant looks great and well grown then later the whole top part of the plant dies and only a few shoots come out , weird ehh .

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    Hello there,

    The same thing happened to me, with the dying of leaves...Only, I keep getting new leaves growing. Not only that, it's very unpredictable as to which leaf this happens to, when, and also, new leaves/ traps have begun to sprout out from different sides of my pot. The same dying effect happens on my nearby sundew as well as pitcher plants. I've been trying to figure out if it's just a lack of humidity.

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    Quote (D muscipula @ Oct. 20 2003,10:14)
    FTG: I didn't realize it had been that way since March. It sounds like you might have a bad soil mix, since flushing the pots helped. Or, you've been watering with tap water. Finally, the fact that ALL of your plants have been sickly all year suggests that something is wrong with the growing conditions. In the case of my plants, they were growing great until WHAM! They started dying back.

    Perhaps your plants missed dormancy last year, and have been trying to go dormant all summer?[/QUOTE]
    No, not bad soil mix... I repot them every year into clean peat and perlite. OR MAYBE... I remember accidentally spraying them with ant poison earlier this year spraying carpenter ants! I didn't thin the effects would last so long...

    Tap water Naw, I'm not that dumb...

    I have... eight VFTs, including the three I've been keeing for a friend for so long.. they are all kept along with all other 20-somthin' CPs in my five foot tall, two foot wide portable greenhouse... All other plants are perfectly fine, and they are living alongside them. And no, they didn't miss dormancy last year.

    VFT Guy, well... I let one of my friend's Green Dragons flower, and I let my Common flower. That was merely to get seeds, which I was successful in doing and now have 19 healthy sprouts. Even the ones that didn't flower are looking the same... oh well... I guess I'll just wait until deeper dormancy and repot them completely and see what happens...
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