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Help, new VFT is acting weird?

Posted by greenthumz1 8a (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 20, 12 at 4:00

I have had venus flytraps before, the first couple died but then i got the hang of it and took such good care of one it bloomed! but, that one never came out of dormancy for some reason... it just rotted.

well it's been a while since i had one and i just got a new one at walmart, i transplanted it into 100% sphagnum peat and it is sitting on a tray of pumice with a string through the holes in the pot to wick moisture. also, how much light do they need? i thought they didnt need much so i put it in a north facing window next to my orchid. is this ok? should i add a flourescent light or move it to a west window?

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RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

You're failing in most ways with these. They need to be in a 50/50 mix of peat moss and perlite. FULL SUN. Sit in a tray of rain or distilled water about 3/4" deep. BELOW their rhizomes. They NEED a dormancy period in fall winter. about 35-40 degrees F.

RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

Yeah it had some deformed leaves when i bought it... probably because it was already in 100% peat moss (which is why i transplanted it into the same). Thanks for the help :) I transplanted it into 50/50 and put it into a south facing (but filtered with reflective tint) window and a big cfl light. It now has many, many new leaves coming up so it's obviously happier :)

OH, also, I used a mycorrhizae treatment on the roots when i transplanted it, but I know carnivorous plants are sensitive to synthetic chemicals and salts and fertilizers... a mycorrhizal fungi shouldnt hurt it though right? I'm thinking that may be why it's showing practically NO signs of transplant shock and has all the new leaves already.

RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

50/50 peat sand is also a good soil mix

How were keeping the dormant one that rotted???

This is how "I" do it & have never had any problems
Carefully dig it up / Cut off all the traps & place the corm (root stock) ether in a ziplock full of just barely moist peat or wrap it in barely moist moss then put it in a ziplock & keep them in the veggie drawer in my fridge for about 3 months

Good Luck

RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

Ok thanks I will try that :)

The last one i dug up, trimmed the roots & traps off the corm, dusted the corm with rootone powder (it has fungicide in it so i figured that would keep it from molding), and then placed it in a moist folded paper towel in a ziploc bag. 3 months later, it was a ziploc bag full of moldy paper towel and a moldy corm.

And I think I figured out why this VFT keeps losing traps and growing new, deformed ones. because all the traps started falling off and i pulled on it and the whole corm lifted out because it had some kind of bugs in the soil eating the roots and old traps from the base... but i'm going to try to save this corm by putting it into dormancy and then replanting in spring.

RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

My VFT'S are going into there second yr. dormancy period . Last yr I kept them on a window sill that averaged a temp of 40 F. There were some heart breaking experiance's over the yr's though ..Although this sight sure is fantastic to prevent certain desater's .Bug's are a heck of a neusence to the ryesume's . Microscopic insect's are devistating.Some one know's I'm sure how to rid these pest's . Sincerly Doowop_6116.

RE: Help, new VFT is acting weird?

Go watch this video!

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