User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 10

Thread: Up and turned black

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My vft looked fine and was growing well when I brought it in from dormancy. But all of a sudden it just stopped growing and the leaves turned black. Is there any hope now that it will still come back? The rest of them are doing great and have lots of new traps forming. Any ideas? Thanks.

    - Joel
    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  2. #2
    VFT and Drosera lover vft guy in SJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Merced, California
    Posts
    1,503
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The old winter leaves will die off. As long as the plant is making fresh leaves from the center you have nothing to worry about.

    Steve
    There are only 2 infinite things... the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not too sure about the universe.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's the thing........it was making new leaves, but all of them turned black too and I don't see any new growth.
    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  4. #4
    Tropical Fish Enthusiast jimscott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    18,768
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Joel, give it some more time. I had aVFT go through dormancy and I put it outside. It was attacked buzz-sawed down to the media. For 3 weeks, there were no visible signs of new growth. Then a leaf... and another. and.... It also clumped into three more plants. This is not to say that your is still alive, but to say give it more time. Ya never know.

  5. #5
    VFT and Drosera lover vft guy in SJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Merced, California
    Posts
    1,503
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So you have no new growth comming from this plant at all? That sounds bad.

    What are the conditions you are keeping it in? If its not too far gone, you could dig it out and make sure that the rhizome is still good. It should be firm and white. If its mushy and brown/black then its a goner.

    VFTs are a tricky plant sometimes.. they like to play possum. Ive had plants I was SURE were dead, surprise me with new growth. You might consider cutting back on the water a bit, if its getting root rot then drying it out some should help a little with that.
    There are only 2 infinite things... the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not too sure about the universe.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks guys, Jim, I won't give up on it yet. The conditions are the same that I keep my others in and they are doing very well. I have them inside on a tray watering system and they get plenty of sunlight.

    I think I will take your suggestion and try digging it up to see if it is still good. Would it be ok to take a root cutting while I'm at it? Or would that be too much of a shock for it in an already less than ideal state. I will also give it new soil if the rhizome is still good. Thanks guys! Happy Easter!

    - Joel
    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  7. #7
    VFT and Drosera lover vft guy in SJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Merced, California
    Posts
    1,503
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    To the best of my knowledge, VFTs do not propogate via root cuttings. I would advise against doing any damage to the root system at all.

    In fact I would not even dig the plant completely out yet. You should be able to inspect the health of the rhizome by just moving some of the media away and looking while its still in the pot. If its still healthy then just replace the media and leave it be. It will likely return with no further effort on your part.
    There are only 2 infinite things... the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not too sure about the universe.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    KANSAS
    Posts
    173
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't be quick with drenching it with water when out of dormancy unless planting outside either. This is a good time to repot anyway; if the rhyzome is black mush; toss it; if crisp; all is well. I hope it is the latter.

    Good Luck.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •