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    Hi, I just purchased two small VFT plants from a greenhouse. I am not sure wheather to leave them in the tiny pots or replant them. Can anyone tell me how to replant them, proper soil mix, size of pot.

    The tags jus say VFT and they each have approx. 8-10 traps on them, the stems are about 2-3 inches tall and they are in tiny pots, maybe 1-2" type.

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    Hi Carol, and welcome to the forums.

    You don't need to transplant them right away, but if you do, most people use peat moss and perlite in equal proportions. You can substitute silica sand for the perlite if you like. I'd transplant into a MINIMUM of a 4inch pot, and preferably bigger.

    Remember to use distilled or rain water, and give them tons of light. Oh, and read goldtrap's VFT care sheet at the top of this forum!

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    Welcome to the forums, Carol!
    Reading the ICPS's Venus flytrap FAQ might also help [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    Hmm, my VFT's leaves seems to be going black and drying out, although the conditions seem to be "optimum" for growing VFTs. (You know, humidity, lighting...) I also water my VFT until water drains out from the pots holes underneath the pot. Is it absolutely neccasary to stand the VFT pots in water?

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    Jason, I find my VFTs do well when they have ample water. In one pot, the growing tip of the rhizome are usually under water! The traps on this plant average three-quarters of an inch. My VFTs are now facing west and get several hours of hot tropical afternoon sun.

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    I don't normally give advice on CP's because I am a relative newbie and I don't like parrotting advice I've read or heard - unless I experience things for myself. Now, having said all that, this is what I've experienced: Sometimes taking a plant from Home Depot / Lowes and then to work, where I keep them, the plants go into some kind of shock and shrivel up - but hadn't died. That happened to a butterwort of undetermined species and a D. capensis. My solution was to cover it up for a few days; give it ample light; stable temps; and stable location. Both plants rehydrated and within a week exhibited new growth. the butterwort is now formung a flower bud. With regard to VFT's, mine have had the eastern exposure, with deionized water, in the original pot, placed in a well-washed pretzel container, in ~1" of water, not covered. the traps, within a couple of months went from 1/2" to 1". I have also discovered that few exceptions, people are doing slightly different things, in terms of location, water, soil media, humidity, and temps - but with similar results. I ahve also found that some plants at a retailer are at different states of stress that aren't readily apparent. I lost an S. sarracenia within a week of purchase and I didn't understand why, when it was treated by me, with no differently that my other plants. I replaced it with another that didn't LOOK any different but it is doing well. Bottom line: They need DI or rain or RO or distilled water, adequate light, some water at the bottom of their container, humdity, and air circulation. I have also experienced the blackening of traps and a reduction of size when I experimented and covered the plant entirrely for several days. The opened pretzel container provided the best solution for retaining some humidity and air circulation. It worked for me.

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    Don't repot untill the end of next years dormency unless the plants seem to be dieing, which doesn't sound like it right now. Be sure to water them with distilled water only and hang out here for a while so you can learn the details before you start experimenting on your own with potting mixes and such [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]You don't need to transplant them right away, but if you do, most people use peat moss and perlite in equal proportions. You can substitute silica sand for the perlite if you like. I'd transplant into a MINIMUM of a 4inch pot, and preferably bigger.
    I agree that 4 inch pots seem to be ideal for VFTs. Perlite is a matter of personal preference, I prefer sand myself, but either will do fine.

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    Quote[/b] ]Is it absolutely neccasary to stand the VFT pots in water?
    No, but your plant will be MUCH happier if left in a tray of water at least 1/2 inch deep while in active growing phase.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Don't repot untill the end of next years dormency unless the plants seem to be dieing...
    It is a generally accepted rule of thumb that VFTs should be repotted in early spring to "minimize shock and stress". I have found that this is not really necessary as long as you take care to not damage the small root system on the plant. I have repotted VFTs at all times of the year and never had any problems of any kind.

    For more information on cultivating VFTs check out the FAQ pages located here: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq.html

    Good luck with your new plant and Welcome to the forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (vft guy in SJ @ Feb. 15 2004,20:46)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]You don't need to transplant them right away, but if you do, most people use peat moss and perlite in equal proportions. You can substitute silica sand for the perlite if you like. I'd transplant into a MINIMUM of a 4inch pot, and preferably bigger.
    I agree that 4 inch pots seem to be ideal for VFTs. Perlite is a matter of personal preference, I prefer sand myself, but either will do fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Is it absolutely neccasary to stand the VFT pots in water?
    No, but your plant will be MUCH happier if left in a tray of water at least 1/2 inch deep while in active growing phase.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Don't repot untill the end of next years dormency unless the plants seem to be dieing...
    It is a generally accepted rule of thumb that VFTs should be repotted in early spring to "minimize shock and stress". I have found that this is not really necessary as long as you take care to not damage the small root system on the plant. I have repotted VFTs at all times of the year and never had any problems of any kind.

    For more information on cultivating VFTs check out the FAQ pages located here: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq.html

    Good luck with your new plant and Welcome to the forum.
    Steve
    Yah, I repot whenever too, but I see better root growth if I pot at the end of dormencey then during active growth. You know, everyone says 4" pots and what not, but mine really prefer their 2" pots untill they get to be a few years old. Every time I put them in a large pot when they have a little root system they start to have issues and as soon as I put them back, they do fine. I think it mostly because they don't get as many uninvited guest in smaller pots... Actually, I don't have any in 4" pots, my older ones hang out in 6" pots and my youngins in the 2" and 3' pots... do I even own a 4" pot? o_O LOL
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