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    Why thank you! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    The sticker on the pot said Dionaca. I don't know much about these plants, but when I saw it, I knew I had to have it! It is quite large, and a enjoyable plant. Actually, I feel as though these plants are more like pets than anything else!

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    le tme tell you from experience...

    My traps catch daddylong legs ALL THE TIME... and they usually end up paying for it... 50% of the time, the traps rot..

    whether this is from the venom (DDL have potent venom, but no strength to deliver it to a human) or because their legs hang out giving bacteria a route to travel in, I don't know, I do know I lose about 50% of the traps that feed on the suckers... good news is, I think, that most of the ones around my home have already been eaten.

    Green Dragons Do NOT stay all green except for a slight pink blush as Big Bald Bob says, Green Dragons are a cross back between the red dragon, and the typical, it is very vigorous in it's growth, and is heavily colored with red, even though it is mainly a dark green through out the foliage... A all green plant with blushing pink on it's traps is a typical VFT. Dente is also noted for it's truncated 'teeth' that edge the trap (which is how it is identified) and Bigmouth, is noted for achieving 2 inch long traps (along with a few other varieties.)

    As PAK says, use only distilled water, no need to re-pot for a while. Don't worry about feeding the plant daddy longlegs, they will enjoy the nourishment derived from it, and while you MAY lose the trap, enough energy and nutrients will be gained from the digestion of the animal to fuel 2 or three new leaves...

    Since you live in alaska, your going to want to suppliment this plant with some more light I expect, since it grows much closer to the equator.

    I am guessing you already have plant lights since you seem to be a plant person, so that is good, if not, then equal numbers of soft white and cool white flourescents are great. I have 4 48" tubes for my terrarium (which is not neccessary for a flytrap) but you could use smaller lights if you wanted.

    Remember to keep the plant in a saucer of distilled water, and not let it go dry.

    In winter, ***OUR WINTER*** meaning, NORMAL! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Heh... for at least 3 months, you will want to provide the plant with reduced light, and cut the water back to just keep the soil moist, never let it go dry, but back off from wetter conditions...

    do this for 3 months, and then gradually bring the light levels back up, along with the water. This will bring the plant out of dormancy. Unless you REALLY want seed, cut the flower stalk as soon as you see it, this keeps the plant from wasting energy on rather unremarkable flowers.

    Never fertilize, and only feed 1 or 2 traps at a time...

    I think that pretty much runs the gammut...
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    Rampuppy,
    Thanks for all the great advice!
    As grotesk as it may sound I think that I will try pulling the legs off the daddy longlegs before I feed them to see if that helps to keep the leaves from dieing.
    As for being a plant person I have to give most of the credit to my wife, she takes care of all the plants exept for my VFT. The plants we have know don't need extra light, but I do have artificial light for my snake cage, I keep the VFT next to it so hopefully they will share the light, we'll just have to wait and see.
    So far I have collected enough rain water to use for watering my VFT, but I'm still not shure on how to, there are some small holes in the bottom of the pot and I have that sitting in a dish with about 1 1/2'' of water, will it soak enough water up threw the holes? Should I still mist it like is done with the rest of the plants?
    What advise do you have on that?
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    It will soak up more than enough water by just sitting in distilled water. I wouldn't mist it.

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    Hay Tristain what big ears you have!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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