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    Hay, I just got a VFT and had a couple of questions?
    First how big do they get, and how often do you need to transplant them as they grow?

    Also, are there any problems in feeding poisonis bugs like spiders to your VFT?

    Thanks a bunch for your input! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    unless they eat back widows theyll be ok,
    i suggest growing them outside so they catch their own food,
    you rarely will need to replant them as the roots dont need EXTREME room to grow big, you wont need to repot them for a few years,
    they dont get big enough to eat your pet rats, thats for sure, i heard record size traps are 1inch and 1/2 or something ?
    but that is REALLY rare for most plants, and an inch is quite big, depending on your plant variety it might take more or leess time to get to this stage
    there is only one species DIONEA varieties are simple selective breeding done to make the plants *look good*
    oh and about red, so many people ask out there, as if red is the only type of vft [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] i dont blame them but it does awe me who tells these people taht all vft's are red !!!! They Arent!! red dragon is the only variety that grows all red, green dragon stays all green and a slight pink if lots of sun, dente is known through its triangular like leaf, sawtooth varieties show the tips of their traps with less and more wide spikes, and big mouth grows a wider rounder mouth, basically bigger than other vfts at first, common grows straight leafs, average sized traps small at first, spiky traps with lots of thin spikes, so dont expect them to grow too big, i hope i answered all your questions about variety [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    ps. if you wanna feed a cp rats, get a type of sarracenia or nepethes [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Hay Bob, thanks for the tips.
    Unfortanitly I live in Alaska so I can't let it stay outside to grow. There are more then enough bugs for it to eat, but it's end of July and only on a realy nice day will it get over 70 degrees. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    Any other tips you could offer would be greatly apreciated.
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    Hi Darkfox

    First, welcome to the forums! And congrats on your new plant. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Its hard to say how big a VFT gets...it depends on variety, maturity and growing conditions. I have a clump of VFTs that is abit over 4" tall (upright petioles) and I have other plants that grow more in a rosette (flat out closer to the ground). I have some traps that measure 1" to about 1 1/4" but most aren't that large. I have heard they can get to 2" and somewhere on this site there is a pic of someone with a trap thats 2". (I have a terrible memory but I THINK it was in the Foreign forum entitled "Mike King Day" or something like that). Someone slap me if I'm incorrect on that. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Your VFT does not have to be outside...its just easier for it to naturally feed that way. But a sunny windowsill will do. Just keep your plant wet and in a saucer/tray of pure water (1/2-1") and it should be fine. They don't need to be transplanted very often. They do fine staying the same pot for a good while since they don't grow to any huge size.

    As for feeding, soft-bodied critters like flies, mosquitoes and spiders are better than hard-shelled ones like beetles. And if you choose to hand feed, keep the food to about 1/2-1/3 the size of the trap. You don't want anything hanging out of the trap ifpossible. Don't feed it insects that eat plants as they may chew their way out of the trap! Don't freak out if you see traps turning black. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] That happens naturally after the trap has fed a few times. Old traps wear out...new ones come up.

    Make sure you use pure water (rain or distilled0, give it lots of light and you should be just fine. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I hope you enjoy your new plant. Soon you will be wanting MORE. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    well she beat me to it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Suzane, thanks for the tips [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
    I have tons of granddady longlegs around my house so I have been catching some of them and feeding them to my VFT. Sence their legs are so long once and a while there may be a few legs hanging out of the trap. What kind of problems could that cause?
    I feed it misquitos and flys when I can but thankfuly there aren't many around my house.
    Thanks again for the tips!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    hello...
    I had my husband help me with some pictures of my plants (page 4, pic of my plants, by Meagan) Some traps are 1 1/2"-1 3/4", take a look. Size varies, but it sure is exciting to see a monster!

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    Meagan,
    What variety of VFT was that? the one that stood straight up?
    The pic's look great! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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