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    Hello all!
    I have noticed an explosion of posts/topics about VFT flowering lately, as it is the season!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Some of these posts are frantic about the death of their beloved VFT. So, I'd like to set things straight. First of all, you need to determine, do I want seed? or Do I want a bigger VFT? I have around 15 VFTs, and 6 sent up flower spikes. On my biggest plant, I allowed it to get to 3'' before cutting. On the smaller ones, the maximum was 3.5''. I cut them all because I prefer more traps that are bigger, and because I don't have the time to spend pampering these plants... No, your plant will not die if it flowers. (If it's in great condition) Albeit, like I mentioned, it won't be as vigorous, but it won't die. On the other hand if you do want seed, than you should have at least two flowers, that begin blooming at least two days apart. Get the second blooming plant, rub it's flower against against the first one's interior, and repeat for a couple of days to ensure good seed set. Once the plant is pollinated, you should make every attempt to keep these plants in optimal conditions so you can avoid unneccesary stress and complications. Optimal (at least for my plants) is 70*-80*F and around 65% Relative Humidity. The seed will ripen in about six weeks. At this time, you should crack open the now dried seed pod, and you should see several black shiny seeds. These can be sown immidiately on 50% peat/50% sand, or refridgerated for later use. They will germinate in about two weeks in humid and bright situations. Transplant after about a year of growth.

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    No, your plant will not die if it flowers. Albeit, like I mentioned, it won't be as vigorous, but it won't die.[/QUOTE]


    I dont think it is guarenteed that a VFT absolutely Wont die; although death is unlikely. The drain of a flower may put a plant half on death's doorstep into further decline, and it may not make it, however a healthy plant will probably make it only with smaller traps. It is a preferance: seeds (the flowers arent exactly breath-taking), or larger, more robust traps.

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    Thanks for the insight! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] (editing to match your comment&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    10/10 That was VERY good - When my VFT gets stronger I want to make seeds so I will follow your instructions!

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    Yes very good. I'll throw in some extra data:

    What does a flower staulk look like?
    A long thin stalk with a cluster of balls (buds) at the tip. It sort of looks like an unripe wild raspberry.

    When is it a good idea cut the flower staulk?
    A) If you only have one flower (because seed yeild is 0-very few)
    B) If you want your plant to put energy into growth
    C) If you don't want seed
    D) if your plants pre-existing leaves show signs of decline after flowering.
    E) if a single plant is making more then two staulks, remove at least 1 to avoid extra strain.

    Things to remember:
    1) VFT grown from seed take 5-7 years befor reaching flowering age. Cuttings and tissue culture grown plants take 1-3 years.
    2) For many of those years, the VFT is to small to eat anything you will get to watch.
    3) Producing a flower staulk and then the flowers and then the pollin and then the seed, all take extreamly large amounts of energy, so your VFT will not handle deep dormancey as well (less reserves). Watch out for opertunistic fungle attacks that winter.
    4) If you have had your plant for a while and feel you can handle any potential issue brought on by flowering stress, their isn't much of a reson to fear letting your plant flower [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Good points guys. Just to add to Darcy's 3rd point above. Many times, house grown VFTs will send up flowers in late summer and fall. I think this is an especially bad time for them to be using energy on flowers and seed that they will need for dormancy and spring growth. Those that flower in the spring and early summer will at least have a few months to build up their reserves for dormancy. Keep this in mind when deciding to keep a flower or cut it off.
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    Quote (lithopsman @ April 19 2003,2:21)
    Hello all!
    ....No, your plant will not die if it flowers. (If it's in great condition) Albeit, like I mentioned, it won't be as vigorous, but it won't die. On the other hand if you do want seed, than you should have at least two flowers, that begin blooming at least two days apart. Get the second blooming plant, rub it's flower against against the first one's interior, and repeat for a couple of days to ensure good seed set.....[/QUOTE]
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    No, your plant will not die if it flowers. (If it's in great condition)[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for pointing that out! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I thought I was the only one who knew they usually won't die if they flower. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    On the other hand if you do want seed, than you should have at least two flowers, that begin blooming at least two days apart[/QUOTE]
    Actually, I one time self pollinated a single flower, I got 8 seeds. and another time when two flowers on the same plant were open at the same time, I pollinated with a toothpick to transfer pollen form one flower to the other flower, I got 16 seeds. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    COuld i get some pics of seeds please

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