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    I recently purchased a VFT that is developing black areas on the leaves and traps and then the leaf dies. There is no evidence of spider mites or anything else I can see. I treated it with an insecticidal soap to be sure, but to no avail. The plant is in a sunny and humid location here in Florida and I have tried altering the amount of sun it gets thinking that maybe that is the cause, but again this has not made any change. It is planted in a 4" plastic pot with sphagnum substrate that is kept moist and it sits above a pebble tray of water. I only use distilled water and never have added any fertilizer. New growths have appeared, but then turn balck and die. This is the second time this has happened with as many plants. The first one I killed was all green, this one is green and red. Before I give up and discontinue killing these are there any suggestions? Thank you.

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    ive a new grower too [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    all i kno is wenever i feed it, it only eats 4x in each trap and dies, wen it begins to die, wen the fly is in the trap, wen u see the shadow of the carcass, it then leaks a blk spot and infects the trap like the scene on the matrix wen smith poked his hand into neo and neo blakens [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]
    anyways, the body of the trap begins to blaken with spots and itll infect the whole thing, jus pluck it wen its completely blk.

    to avoid deseases, new growths will arive b4 it fully blkens

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/aznsushi41/collection/vft03.jpg[/img]

    see at the very bottom? its blackening but, in the center a new one is about to open up to replace it,

    if ur plant is growing new ones, but if it dies b4 it opens, u hav a problem

    i live in cali Zone 10 - i put it on my window sill...
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/aznsushi41/collection/collection.jpg[/img]

    i give it enuff water wen it needs it, we're targeting for moisture. i dont drown my plants, anways this is my opinion-

    pluck the full blaken trap and give it enuff care and affection [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] , ull get a reward wen it blossoms, im waiting 4 that day [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img], jus hit me up if u got som Qs
    -ur homie huy
    Fly eats dung,plants eat fly, dog eats plant, asian eats dog
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    heres an open and digested fly and trap about to die
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/aznsushi41/Feeding/Blackening%20Trap.jpg[/img]
    Fly eats dung,plants eat fly, dog eats plant, asian eats dog
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/aznsushi41/Feeding/Fed%20Fly.jpg[/img]

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    Hi docpat,

    If you are describing what I think You are---then I've been through it before and so have others here.

    Wish I could tell You what causes it, but I still don't know how, what or why.

    What I experienced lasted for about a month, then small traps began forming properly and slighty increased in size over the rest of the season. Sadly, the plant was a dwarf of its former self, until after that yrs dormancy. When spring arrived--it returned to being the monster it was before!

    HTH

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    Same thing happened to me. Even with all the right conditions, all the good leaves went black, and now its producing mostly super tiny leaves, or leaves without traps. However, so long as there's growth in the middle, there's hope.
    Some random words.

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    Hello,
    I to have had this happen to vft's.
    in fact my first 3 vft's all died this way i tried everything all 3 were in different pots i placed one out doors and 2 inside under fluorescent lights i lost all 3 regardless of what i tried nothing stopped the blackening of the traps(from tip to root they blackened) and when the plant had died off to basically all tiny undeveloped traps they to blackened before reaching 2 inches in length this continued on the in door and out door plants until they were dead i tried several things reducing watter, anti fungals, different light variances, humidity reduction, re-potted one and that only quickened its death. tried a few other things on the in door plants, from all my experimenting i learned no remedy nor a cause of why that happened i suppose the reasons could be various, it would be nice to know the most common reason for this. good luck with your plant i hope time will heal it for you.
    Steven S.
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    Maybe fungus or mould? Could be too high humidity? Have you seen the topic at the top of this board containing info for general care of VFTs? Helps a lot.
    My traps die after consuming anything above a half their size (or even less). Maybe it could be adjusting. Mine took few months to adjust, during which it produced traps of the 'all small' variety... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
    Could be anything, ask one of the experts round here.

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    If problem continues, try a fungicide such as Captan. Does look like a caterpillar chewed on it though. I remember one trying to spin a silk web inside one of my traps after devouring half of it.

    BTW, welcome to the forums. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    -Jason-

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