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Thread: VFTs pulling out of dormancy, already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PinguiculaMan @ Feb. 08 2004,03:05)]Why does everyone always want to cut off their VFT flowers? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

    Heck if you think you will lose the plant from flower stress, all you need to do to make more of the same clone is to break off an old leaf base or two and poke it into the media next to the parent plant, wait a couple of weeks for the plantlet to poke through the surface, then a few months later you have another plant (or more) ready to make their own flowers. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    Your kidding right? You haven't actually had a leaf cutting mature in a year. If you did I'm going to go into shock, they are only about twice as fast growing as seedling for me....

    I think we say cut the flower off because newer growers don't always have ideal conditions of the eperience to deal with a shocked plant if that should occur. It can be very dishartening to a new grower to loose their plant from this. I for one will probubly let mine flower if they feel like it, but I've had mine for almost 5 years so it's not like I'm risking too much It's just better safer then sorry when people start off.
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    I don't know if the cuttings will get to blooming size in 12 months or less, but I have, on occasion had seedlings that did it in one season.
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    Healthy VFTs do amzing things! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I remember how i fed my baby Bigmouth spiders/flies weekly and it divided within a the season WOW!
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    Nothing VFT's do suprise me anymore. They never follow the rules, and what happens to one grower may not happen for another. A leaf cutting will mature in one or two years depending on the overall health of your plant, and if it likes its growing conditions. A leaf cutting is cloning the parent, and very unlike seedlings, will mature quicker. As in drosera, it will be mature and flowering before you know it from leaf cuttings. The cuts I made on my 28 year old plant were as big as the parent in one year. VFT's will in fact live a lot longer than what is stated in Peter's book. UNC has had a pot full for 46 years. And Bob Ziemer has had some of his since 1955. Don't always believe what you read, as reading is only a guideline, and the plants may not have read the books. Enjoy them, and just be prepared for things you didn't count on. I am sure Bob can back me on this.
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    The two flytraps I put into dormancy have melted....the fride method didn't work to well for me it seems...4 days after I put them into their new pot the were nothing more than mush....next time I'll just leave them outside.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Slyfi @ Feb. 08 2004,19:15)]The two flytraps I put into dormancy have melted....the fride method didn't work to well for me it seems...4 days after I put them into their new pot the were nothing more than mush....next time I'll just leave them outside.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    The refrig works fine but maybe next time transplant the vfts at the end of dormancy. What most likely happend is the shock of transplanting and dormancy was to much to handle. If you transplant at the end of dormancy the vft is basically asleep and will not suffer as much shock.

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    And be careful that it is the refrigerator and not the freezer compartment. VFTs do not need to have anything near freezing temperatures in order to have complete dormancy.
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    36 years of growing CP's? I think it is quite possible, with THAT much experience, to know just a few tricks / howto cut a couple corners. Which grower was it that breaks all the rules and grows several of their plants in water, without soil media? Gotta love the creativity!

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