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One-time traps

Posted by carnivorousplants ( on
Tue, Aug 21, 07 at 14:01

My venus flytrap that I've had for about a month is very healthy and has lots of traps but each time it catches a fly, it easily digests it then opens up but the cilia (teeth) are curved back.It only digests once then dosen't close again.
However,when I trigger a trap with a toothpick it opens up and is ready to close again.All leaves have this trait, even newly opened leaves that just caught a bug do this.
Before I bought it I read the care sheet at cobra plants and did everything it said so I know I'm not doing anything wrong.
Also, It was bought at wal-mart.

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RE: One-time traps

Where is the plant? Indoors or outdoors?
What kind of water do you use?

That sometimes happens with traps if the prey was too big I find. I don't think yu should worry too much about it.


RE: One-time traps

I woudln't trigger the traps. They have a limited amount of times they will spring.

RE: One-time traps

Also, each Flytrap will have it's own quirks. So long as it is getting everything it needs and is still growing and doing it's thing, it is healthy.

RE: One-time traps

I don't trigger them a lot.
Just occasionaly.

RE: One-time traps

It's most likely that the fly was too big for the trap. If they eat small prey, then can eat several times. Here's a pic of a trap that has eaten and is ready for another meal. If the trap was much smaller, or the fly much bigger, it could only eat once.

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