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VFT bulbs

Posted by open_window_maniac (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 7, 07 at 20:34

I'm thinking about buying VFT bulbs in december, putting them in the fridge, and planting them in a pot in early march so that by mid-april i'll have several VFT plants. Would this work or miserably fail?

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RE: VFT bulbs

I am doing the same thing right now and am hoping it will work
It has worked for many others so it might work for us.
- Adrian

RE: VFT bulbs

I guess it might work, but why not just wait to buy them until you are ready to grow them in the spring?

Some bulbs, like crocus or tulips, need time in cool ground to develop roots for the next season. VFT (which aren't true bulbs) need a rest period, but not in the same way as something like crocus where you have to buy them in the fall and get them in the ground before winter. I don't see any advantage to buying VFT now if you aren't planning on growing them until March. Deep hibernation in a fridge is usually used as a last resort for VFT that are being grown in a year-round warm climate, so that a fridge is the only way to give them a rest.

RE: VFT bulbs

I agree with Don555 on this one. Venus Flytrap "bulbs" are actually just the plant that has had its leaves hacked off before it was shipped to you. The bulb is actually just a short rhizome that will keep its leaves all winter if it does not get to far below freezing for long.

If you buy one adult plant that is dormant, get it growing well next spring, and let it flower in April, it will produce several divisions from its rhizome as mine is doing now. I started with one plant in January, brought it out of dormancy in February, it flowered a month later, then produced 8 or more plantlets from its rhizome of which several are almost half-grown now.

In any event, plant the leafless rhizomes in a pot of sphagnum moss or wrap them in long fibre (or fiber) sphagnum, and keep them moist and cold all winter. When its time to warm them up, make sure their crowns are just barely sticking out of the moss and leave them in good sunlight all day... It should work out fine.

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