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PostSubject: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 1:23 am

Sharing some vids of my Venus Flytrap. Pics coming up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 2:57 am

Nice videos GS! I saw these the other day when you uploaded them.
Could you give some advice how to take care of these? I had bought one for my wife lat year, but it died after our vet decided to give it some raw chicken lol.
Anyway, would love to take her a new one, but this time I want to know how I hould care for it before jumping in and getting one.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 4:15 am

Nice healthy plant you have! The ones I see being sold here are smaller and look very unhealthy, which is why I haven't picked up any. Where did you get yours? By the way, have any of the worms escaped before? I would think they'd be able to worm their way out because they're pretty tough little guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 4:58 am

we used to have these but they died Sad great vids Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 12:46 pm

DolbyR wrote:
Nice videos GS! I saw these the other day when you uploaded them.
Could you give some advice how to take care of these? I had bought one for my wife lat year, but it died after our vet decided to give it some raw chicken lol.
Anyway, would love to take her a new one, but this time I want to know how I hould care for it before jumping in and getting one.

Hi DolbyR bro,

lolz.. Raw chicken meat will kill the plant but i must say its really funny when i read you gave it some raw chicken.. haha.

I'm not a pro in keeping them but i'll share some mistakes i've made personally and things i took note about them:

Feeding
Being a beginner of keeping these plants, I've overfed them (in the vid) as i'm eager to see the Flytraps in action.
Overfeeding will kill the plant like how chicken meat do. I remedied my mistake but cutting the leaves which is showing signs of "browning". Usually, a new trap will grow in it's place.

A good feeding regime is actually 1 insect of appropriate size every 2 weeks. (you'll know its a good sized feeder when the traps are able close-up fully)
Note that its one insect every 2 weeks for the plant, not for every single trap.. like what i did.. lolz
My video is bad demostration of good feeding Embarassed

Water
They thrived only in mineral-poor acidic soil therefore its advisable only to use distilled water/ collected rainwater on them to keep them moist (never soaked them as their roots may rot), If there no other option but tapwater, do let it sit for at least 1-2 days to dissipate the Chlorine within.

This is a good caresheet on them. It helps me to understand them better and i hope you'll find it useful my friend Smile
http://mycarnivore.com/venus-fly-trap-care.php

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Nice healthy plant you have! The ones I see being sold here are smaller and look very unhealthy, which is why I haven't picked up any. Where did you get yours? By the way, have any of the worms escaped before? I would think they'd be able to worm their way out because they're pretty tough little guys.

Oh, I got them ordered at a florist shop near my home bro Smile
The size of the "worms-to-trap" ratio as seen in my vid should be fine.
Referencing to my vid: Within 1/2 hour, each trap seals off their openings with their "digestion fluids" and the worms are no longer seen "putting up a fight" Cool

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we used to have these but they died Sad great vids Smile
Sry to hear that bex. Do not hesitate to try again if you're still keen.
I'm sure we all learn from experience.
Plus they're really interesting plants to keep, which i'm sure you know why Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 12:57 pm

i think we over fed ours then lol, would drop a fly in whenever we found one lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/9/2011, 11:42 pm

*~BEX~* wrote:
i think we over fed ours then lol, would drop a fly in whenever we found one lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/10/2011, 2:36 am

Thanks GS. Will definitely be getting one soon for a new try. I actually didn't even feed it regularly then, but now with mealies always around atleast it won't be a problem. Just won't let my vet near it. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/14/2011, 2:07 pm

Actually have these grow locally but they never last, weather her is crazy and people end up killing them anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/15/2011, 2:48 pm

Two main points to consider when caring for flytraps:

1) The above-ground foliage dies off every year. May people assume the whole plant is dead and chuck it.

2) These guys are from a temperate climate in the eastern US. As such, they have adapted to living through winters despite freezing conditions. Many people try to keep them as tropical indoor plants, but without the winter dormancy they WILL die.

The best caresheets I've ever found are from these guys:

http://cobraplant.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=7&chapter=1&zenid=d9102c5f89e575c9e1113e2f976fb27a

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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/18/2011, 12:20 am

It is a great link! Thanks Mr. Mordax Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/18/2011, 3:41 am

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Water
Keep the pot in standing water at all times. Never allow the soil to dry out completely.

So I should actually keep the saucer or whatever under the pot, always filled with water? Won't the ground wick the water up and rot the roots?

As for subtrate, I suppose a cocofiber/sand mix would be ok? The caresheet says perlite, but I don't reallyknow what this is, neither if it's available here.
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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/18/2011, 2:21 pm

Dolby, flytraps live in swampy areas where the ground is always wet. The link I provided recommends keeping the pot in 2" of water.

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PostSubject: Re: Venus Flytrap   5/18/2011, 2:24 pm

Alrite,cool then Smile
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