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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    My first VFT's leaves, stems, traps, everything, have turned black ang soggy all at the same time and fell off except two. The two that are left have traps that were only just forming, and they suddenly just stopped growing and forming and are now in suspended animation. One of the stems is deformed, crooked sideways. There are no new stems or traps growing at all. The whole plant is in suspended animation for the time being(not to mention it is tiny).

    WHAT'S WRONG?!! PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Hi Flytrapgurl,
    It sounds to me that it could be a number of reasons, how are you keeping it (what conditions?)

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    I keep it in my sunroom. The room is gently air conditioned. On sunny days,(like today)I put it, along with my secong VFT, out in the sun for a couple hours. The temp in the sunroom is usually around 74*F.

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    Hi FlytrapGurl,
    I noticed from your profile that you live in Florida, if so, growing the plants indoors will be unsuitable in an airconditioned room.

    If I were you, I would grow them outside especially if you live in Northern Florida where VFT has been successfully naturalised.

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    The only reason I don't do that is because there is a rageous population of carpenter ants in this area. They've already started on my gardenias. The strange thing is, the VFT has done just fine living in the sunroom [until now]. I thought that it would do fine in the sunroom because the other VFT, which is right next to it, is as healthy as a horse.

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    you can put the plant on fitted pedestal, with grease on the base, so ants get get up. hehehe

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    Too much water, perhaps?

    Or maybe nothing is wrong at all.

    If the new leaves don't rot, I'd be patient. I thought mine had gone into stasis. I went away for six days and when I got back, plants that had seemed to have no growth (or dying-off) at all had changed completely. New, bigger leaves, small leaves that hadn't grown much, old leaves that had gone completely black. It was the constant watching that caused the "problem"--the plants were tough and didn't need the fussing.

    A whole 8 weeks experience and I'm doling it out like a pro! Still, I could be right and it won't hurt to do nothing.

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    Hi Flytrapgurl,
    Parasuco has got a point, but you could modify the idea;stand your plants, (maybe it is time to replace the one thats dying with a new one) in a tray of water to act like a 'moat, and I am sure the plants will be OK. I have nexer heard of CP getting ill treatment from ants, but as I don't live in your country, I may be wrong!

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