VFT Growing odd?

Nbarger75June 17, 2011

So I have a VFT in my terrarium (only for summer dont worry) and before it was growing maybe 1.5 inch stems with nice sized heads, Then for some reason it is growing long stems with small heads. Can someone tell me why? It did just start growing a flower which i cut at 1cm long. Also, if i put a bug in a trap it has a brown spot where the bug is the day after it caught it? I feed it moths, which are as long as the heads but thinner. It never used to do this but once, when it caught a fly that was maybe big for it. So can someone please tell me why its starting to behave odd? Its in 50/50 sphagnum peat to perlite, 10000 lumen light 6400k, with another light which all i know is a CFL.

One more thing, can anyone tell me how long it takes for traps to turn red, because when i got it one trap was red and the others looked like they were starting to get it, but when new traps came in, they dont turn? Why?

THANKS I APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP!!!

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carnivoor

A trap has to be able to make it's inside a vacuum, it's not enugh that the hairs on the ends can close. The moth was probably too big.
VFT's should be kept outside all year , long stems and small traps + no red inside the traps means not enough good light. Put it in the sun.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 10:03AM
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2gd2btru

If VFT's should be kept outside all year long, what does one do for the winter? Here in South Africa we have mild winters and sunny days. Should my VFT be kept in the sun even in the winter months?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 3:30AM
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2gd2btru

If VFT's should be kept outside all year long, what does one do for the winter? Here in South Africa we have mild winters and sunny days. Should my VFT be kept in the sun even in the winter months?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 4:25AM
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tommyr_gw

You can provide dormancy by putting them in a refrigerator. How cool/cold does it get for you folks in the fall?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 8:56PM
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tommyr_gw

Just checked your weather in South Africa. Leave your VFTs outside all year long. You never seem to get below 33 degrees F. there it looks like. You should be good.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:03PM
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