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    my sister bought me a VFT two days ago (it is very small) but there is some thing wrong with it the traps are curling backwards and the plant is flat to the soil

    can someone help me?

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    How much sunlight is the plant getting? Where are you getting your water from?

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    for the two days ive had it ,it has had at least 4 hours of direct sunlight and the rest of theday indirect next to my window a day
    and i am keeping the dish with enough water (distilled) dont worry im not soaking it

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    VFTs are rather difficult to overwater. The only time I've seen a plant droop down is from underwatering. Press the top of the soil down if it doesn't seem really moist like a wet sponge you may have it underwatered. Does the pot have holes at the bottom of it so it can suck up water?

    If the trap is old, this curling backwards is normal at the end of trap's life. Some VFTs lie really close to the surface. Do you know where you got the plant? Is there new growth in the center?

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    i got the plant at all american
    there is no new growth in the center
    the color is a dark green
    one more thing earlier an ant was crawling on it and it took about three hours for the trap to close this has to be bad right?

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    VFTs can be sorta odd. Everything you are doing sounds fine, my guess is that it is just trying to get over being moved from the store into a good caring home. The color is fine, and the fact that the trap wouldn't close either means that it is an old trap or that the weather may not be all that great. They have a tendancy to slow down during bad weather(usually cold). But yea like jhaluska said, you might want to check to make sure the soil is good and damp/wet. Other than that I think that if you keep doing what your doing, the plant will recover and start growing again.
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    Increase your direct sunlight amounts. At this time, the plant needs desperately to feed itself through photosynthesis, and 4 hours of direct sun a day won't help. No less than 6 hours, and all day sun, if you can. The more sunlight your plant gets, the better off it will be.
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    6hrs huh? I'll remember that one!
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