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    Currently, my VFT is in a tiny 2-inch pot, and if you look under it, you can see its little roots poking out of the holes in the bottom of the pot. This means that it needs repotting, right?

    I remember reading that the larger the pot, the smaller the leaves get, and the smaller the pot, the larger the leaves get. Personally, I think the larger leaves look cooler , but is it unhealthy for my plant to be confined to this small of pot? I don't want to discourage overall plant growth...

    Spring has arrived, and I think now would be a good time to repot my VFT, if it needs to be.

    Thanks!

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    Personally I have never experimented with growing mine in smaller pots. All of mine go into minimum 3 1/2 inch pots immediately when I get them. I can say that my green dragons not only formed huge clumps but also have very decent size traps. If your plant is rootbound, I would say go right ahead and drop it into a nice roomy 4 inch pot. Your plant may reward you by filling it with a massive clump of happy hungry traps.

    Good luck
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    What he said! LoL.. yes, I think it is true that the larger the pot, the smaller the leaves are, and the smaller the pot, the larger the leaves, because I've experienced that firsthand with my VFTs. I had to move my mother's two Green Dragons I'm keeping for her from their large six incher to two seperate three inchers because they were so darned tiny. I may have to do the same with the one I have in a large pot.. because it's tiny, and yet the Red Mouth I have right next to it in a much smaller pot is awesome looking, with large leaves and traps an it's all around just much healthier.
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    Well, I like my plant the way it is (it produces fairly large traps), but I'm just concerned about the roots growing out of the holes in the bottom of the pot - is it trying to tell me something?

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    If roots are coming out of the bottem of the pot then ya you probably should upgrade how ever if its possible just buy a deeper pot with same diameter of a longer / bigger diameter but same depth both of these will alllow your plant to expand how ever if you increase size all the way around you will tend to have smaller traps!!
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    Here are some examples of very small plants grown in 4 inch pots..


    These are my green dragons right after they were seperated and potted into 4 inch pots. (6-02)

    Thats a US dime in the pot for size reference.


    And here are the same plants today. (4-05-04)



    These plants are only a few weeks out of dormancy now and will have even larger traps as we get farther into the season.

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    Wow, those look really nice! I think I'm gonna go ahead and repot my VFT and see how it goes.

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    I say repot! In nature there usually isn't a limit on the soil depth. A bigger pot will also increase the volume to surface area ratio to decrease the amount of watering or decrease the chance of it drying out.

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