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Shadowtski

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Today I potted up a baby VFT "Akai Ryu".

I bought the parent plant from FlyTrapShop.com. It arrived on May 3rd. It started to send up a flower scape soon after it arrived. I cut the scape and tossed it in some live sphagnum on May 28th. On July 23rd, I saw several growth buds appear. Today it is sending down roots and the leaves are about a half inch long. This was my first attempt at VFT scape propagation. It has taken 3 months from start to finish. It was a fun and rewarding little project.

I plan to donate this little guy to the NASC auction next year. Hopefully he will grow to a respectable size by then.

Good growing,
Mike
 

Shadowtski

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How is the cutting doing?

It's doing great!
It's dormant right now but still looking very healthy. The leaves didn't turn black, just stopped growing.
Here are a few pictures taken this morning 01/01/2017.
I don't know if it will be large enough to donate for the 2017 NASC Auction. If not, there is always next year.

What do you think?

Good growing,
Mike

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Shadowtski

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Here are some update photos of my Akai Ryu (which I grew from a scape cutting) baby and its parent plant. The parent is coming out of dormancy nicely. It's bigger than last year and sending up two flower scapes. I cut these to grow more baby plants.

But I think that the baby plant is too small to donate to this year's NASC auction. I can't imagine anyone bidding more than a dollar for it. So I'll let it grow another year and donate it to next year's auction.

But this project showed me that flower stalk cutting is a good way to propagate your named cultivars without disturbing them.

Thanks for looking.

Good growing,
Mike

Small DSC07144.jpg3/17/2017

Small DSC07136.jpg New traps and 2 scapes on parent plant

Small DSC07140.jpg Added Quarter to show size and cut off scapes for more propagating fun
 
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