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    I am thinking about taking a leaf cutting from my "typical" venus flytrap. How should I go about it? Like what kind of soil, how to do it, and how to care for it afterwards.
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    Peal off a leaf. It should have some of the white rhisome at the base. Slightly cover the white part with peat and keep moist. Sit back and wait for plantletts to sprout from the white part. I use the regular 50:50 CP mix that I grow my other CPs in, to root my cuttings. Care is the same as for a regular VFT. Some people recommend that you feed them tiny gnats or other small insect so they will grow quicker/bigger.


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    I usually just shove the cutting in the dirt next to the mother plant. After the origenal leaf dies back and the new minni leaves pop up to make a rosset I pop it out of the soil and give it it's own pot... although you can leave the thing with it's mum for a few years and not worry about crouding... sometimes you get more then one rosset off of a cutting, I leave these together untill they get bigger and then brake them appart.
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    High humidity will help encourage sprouting as well.
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    So you just peel it off and keep some of the white base, then pot it, is it okay if the leaf you took off starts dying before it sends up new ones, does it have to have some roots when you peel it off? So many questions...
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    Old ratty leaves work too!
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    No it doesn`t need roots just the white base. William nice to see you back again. Old leafs will work but take longer to sprout and generally dont grow as vigorous plantlets.
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