I heeded the advice, thanks to those of you that took pity on me regarding my compulsive purchase of a VFT without doing the proper research. *I'm sure bugweed will be releived to know that my one man effort to drive the VFT into extinction has failed. *I repotted my VFT in a large plastic pot with drain holes, place the pot in a 2 inch deep base plate that is constantly filled with distilled water. *I have been watering my VFT with distilled water for a couple weeks or so, I also used a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio of peat moss to perlite mixture. *The black edges that were appearing on the traps have gone away and I have noted three of four new leaves have sprouted. *I fed it a wood louse about two weeks ago. *Haven't fed it an insect since. *I've waterd it every other day and left it alone, it seems to be doing just grand. *I have it outside under my deck where it gets partial sun. *Its been pretty hot here in Kansas the last week or so, mid ninties, bright sun, and hot. *But the location seems to be fine. *So, thanks for the good advice and patience with me. *So far, so good.