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    how did u get the new ones to grow so fast
    can u give tips
    mines flowring now and i want to know stuff
    post in my thread plz thank you
    wow my venus flytrap grew a flower stalk!..... 12 buds so far. how many seeds http://s98622558.onlinehome.us/iB_ht...cons/smile.gif
    many many vft !

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    Update:
    Well, there were ten seedlings whose cotelydons were quite red, noticeable contrast to the majority which were a nice green color. I separated these red ones into their own pot. I will continue to monitor the initial pot and plan to isolate any others who show the same characteristics, yet who might come along later.

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    Bignaturalbrock,

    I did my usual for sowing most fresh CP seed. I prepared a pot with a top dressing of black silica sand, then sprinkled the black pear-shaped VFT seed on the sand. It virtually disappeared. I then "watered them in" (sprayed them lightly with pure water). Next I placed them inside a ziploc freezer bag, sealed it and placed it under 6 - four foot, cool white, fluorescent lamps with a 15 hour on cycle. I folded over the top of the bag to make it shorter, then it fits under the lights so the bag is touching the lights. Then I watch and wait. The black sand makes it easy to notice when germination starts. In this case the radicle of a couple of seeds emerged within 4 days. Most followed within two weeks, but there are still late comers even now.
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    Congrats! I plan on pollinateing my vft this year. I wonder if those red seedlings will amount to anything? Keep us posted![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    PinguiculaMan, when after all your VFTs flower do they weaken a bit?
    Have you any losses from flowering? Also after your VFTs flower, do they have enough energy to flower again the next year? Thanks for the pics and information. I'm having trouble in deciding in either having my 2 VFTS flower or not.
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    uglypho,

    I have seen a wide variety of responses various VFT plants have had to letting them flower. I can honestly say I have rarely seen one die as a result of having flowered and set seed.

    Usually while they are flowering they do not form new trap leaves. And often it takes a few weeks after the ripe seed is collected before they start making new leaves again.

    I am perfectly willing to endure these things in order to bring more unique little VFT plants into the world.
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    I also think the more diverse the better. I plan to cross my two most vigorous and red trapped VFTs to create something cool. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Could I just let the plant flower outside? It is dry and hot outside where I live(Sou Cali) and do I need any special conditions for the plants to flower like high humidity and cool temps? Thanks. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] they also put less color into any traps they were growing before, my "Red Head" is now totaly green after trying (and failing miserably) to flower. It's my fault, I broke my own rule, "No flowering untill I've had it for at least one dormencey", but I got greedy and let it try to flower after only having it for 3 months. *Sigh* plant is fine though. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Just waiting for it to start growing again.
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    No, just adjust it to the low humidity, higher light and temp levels slowly. Find the coolest shadiest place to start it off in and keep the pot in an inch or two of H2O, then you can slowly move it to less shaddy and lower water levels.
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