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    My VFT is growing lots of new traps and has far outgrown the little pot it came in. The traps are so packed together that they are eating each other and then rotting, but it just keeps growing. And now that it's summer, it's getting the red back on the traps.

    I've bought some special compost for carnivorous plants, so I plan to just put it in a pot twice the size of it's current one filled with this.

    The care sheet sticky thread in this forum said the roots are very sensitive and I might kill it, so really any advice?

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    repot it. jsut don't wipe off the current soil and it will be fine.

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    Well I crushed its flytraps and its roots quite a bit, so I hope it'll be alright.

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    How did you manage to do that? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    I thought you people where \"Plant Geeks\", Look at me Now...

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    Generally, if at all possible, try to remove a plant and its soil as one unit. Obviously, in this case, it's too late. It probably won't die, but it will probably go into shock and not not grow for awhile. BTW, we have all had our learning curve. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    It'll be fine

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    Hey Darwin -

    After I repot, sometimes I put an upside clear cup or such over the plant for a week or two. It seems to help them recuperate. I keep the plants under lights or a bright shady location so they don't cook under the cup.

    Also, I have found that VFTs appreciate 6 or 8 inch pots.

    Good luck with it.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (peter @ May 15 2005,7:06)]How did you manage to do that? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    It wouldn't come out of the pot! I gave the pot a good squeeze, and when it finally did, I held it by the plant so as not to damage the roots, and this made a lot of traps close. There was generally a lot of crushing going on.

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    Quote[/b] (WildBill @ May 16 2005,8:23)]Hey Darwin -

    After I repot, sometimes I put an upside clear cup or such over the plant for a week or two. It seems to help them recuperate. I keep the plants under lights or a bright shady location so they don't cook under the cup.

    Also, I have found that VFTs appreciate 6 or 8 inch pots.

    Good luck with it.

    Bill
    Thanks Bill. But how exactly does the cup help?

    My VFT certainly looks happier in its nice new pot - with a little encouragement from me, it has stretched out its traps and is starting to look less crowded already.

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