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One-time traps

Posted by carnivorousplants (adrianpocho@hotmail.com) 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.
Thanks,
Adrian


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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.

Tom


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RE: One-time traps

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


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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.


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RE: One-time traps

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


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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.
-Don


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