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    Yes you can over feed your plant they can only eat 4 in their life so if you feed them four before a new trap can grow you will kill the plant off

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    I have a friend who owns a muffler shop; he has large East and South facing windows and gets alot of flies. I gave him some Green Dragons for a muffler one day; it's now a year later and you should see them. They are Smithsonian quality. My point is, late last Summer there wasn't an open trap on any of his plants; they just kept right on eating flies, etc. Some traps had two or three! They aren't any worse for wear. They had so much stored up food in their bulging rhyzomes, that after dormancy; there wasn't any soil to be seen; Just 1 to 1 1/2 inch traps everywhere ( I counted 40 huge traps between the two plants that probably need dividing now). I am insanely jealous.

    Feeding your VFT all it can eat will mean losing the traps sooner; but to the plant, it has done it's job; and the foodstore where you can't see will have the resources to put up more to meet demand. That is what has happened to my friends vft's. What counts is what is coming up to replace it.

    Now my VFT'S (practically all varieties) are under flourescents (4) and are doing fine. I don't feed them often; but mist with diluted Superthrive and a pinch of Miracid in a spraybottle for foilar feeding; once every month or two. This is fine; but it isn't until I do give them a fly or two that the weaker ones really start to show improvement. I think people see the traps die and see that as a sign of ill health for the plant overall. If you want the traps to last longer; don't feed them a thing; but if you want that one trap to be replaced (quickly) by two or more; than give it a juicy fly.

    There are some that say you NEVER have to feed the VFT'S. This doesn't add up. They are getting virtually nothing from the medium; (which is why they developed their leaves to capture nutrients) and are living purely on the reserve from which they HAD something to eat at some earlier point in their life, it's going to end up with no new growth (why should it; if it's getting nothing, why waste more resources putting up more traps)? and eventually decline. Aww, sure; you have a smart looking plant with 6 or more traps; but isn't possible to sustain.

    A VFT is capable of eating two or three times before the trap either dies with the insect inside, or spreads outward and becomes a true leaf for pure photosynthesis; but look at the larger new ones (more than one) quickly rising up to meet the demand and has the resources to meet the demand.

    If your lighting isn't sufficient; you are missing one key ingredient in the plants food cycle; and filling up the traps isn't going to do much good; as mentioned above.

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    I think in terms of overfeeding it depends on the plant. If I have my windowsill VFT that has never been fed before, I don't one day want to fill up all of the traps. If I have a plant outside which catches a bug every now and then, there's less to worry about if I feed all of the traps. Furthermore I think it'd probably be wise, if at all possible, to need feed all of the traps at the exact same time. I have no scientific studies to back it up, but it seems logical; this way, not too much energy will be required all at once. Still, it seems to be the same as in people: a person who has been living on minimal nourishment will get a tummy ache (in the least) if they suddenly binge. Just me, but it seems like you aclimate plants with photoperiod and light intensity, the same should probably be done with feedings.
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