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    I hope my question is not to dumb. Can you feed your VFT to many bugs. I see post about bugs are not so important for the plant, but I can't resist feading them. Every time a trap opens, I can't help myself. I put a bug in it.
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    Yup, overfeeding is something that can easily be done There was some general rule of thumb about one bug per trap per month, or something to that effect. The plants don't need the live food nearly as much as we think they do, being the rather sadistic creatures we are. They need lots of light and moist, open air conditions to thrive, with occasional bugs.

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    Thanks for the tip. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Whoops. On my VFT's a trap is only open for about an hour or so before I put something in it. I also can't resist!

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    Yep, it's like a drug. Every time I see a fly I start getting all wierd in my head. I can't wait to see my plant clamp down on it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Sorry Jim but I will put in my differing two-cents. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] You have to remember out in the wild no one is regulating how many bugs the plants catch. No one is saying "Nope...you can't have a bug because you just had one last week." My VFTs (grown outside) usually have almost every trap full almost all the time. They catch what they do naturally at their own pace.

    But you do need to bear in mind the traps will only feed 2-3 times before wearing out and dying off. If you are constantly shoving bugs into every open trap, they will also wear out faster. I prefer to let my plants catch their own bugs and thereby not worry about over or under feeding. They just do their thang. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Excellent point. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]
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    Quote[/b] (PlantAKiss @ May 22 2005,9:12)]Sorry Jim but I will put in my differing two-cents. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] You have to remember out in the wild no one is regulating how many bugs the plants catch. No one is saying "Nope...you can't have a bug because you just had one last week." My VFTs (grown outside) usually have almost every trap full almost all the time. They catch what they do naturally at their own pace.

    But you do need to bear in mind the traps will only feed 2-3 times before wearing out and dying off. If you are constantly shoving bugs into every open trap, they will also wear out faster. I prefer to let my plants catch their own bugs and thereby not worry about over or under feeding. They just do their thang. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    I don't disagree with what you are saying. For those of us who keep them outside, where they are getting all the elements for the makings of a healthy plant, then letting them get what they can get, works just fine. But for a newbie, who might have a plant inside, with less than the best conditions, and the normal sadistic nature, the tendency is to want to feed the plant more often than what it can handle. The rule of thumb, which I didn't make up, is just a guidline for someone who needs the boundary. It's fun to watch them respond to food. It could also be overdone. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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