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Venus Flytrap Care Tips

 

Dormancy Care

 

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21 comments

  1. Dennis says:

    My VFT seedlings are still tiny and will be for a while I guess
    I have been letting the tray dry and add more water
    I do not want to kill or drown the seedlings
    Is this ok or is there something I am not doing or something I should be doing??

    • Maria says:

      Yes, flytrap seedlings will stay small for a very long time. They take years to reach full maturity. Just keep them moist as you would adults.

  2. Dennis says:

    I have yet another question for VFT growth
    As you already know my seedlings are very tiny
    I was told when conditions are favorable they will explode with growth(spring and summer) and I will see tiny fully developed 1/4 inch traps and can eat smaller insects like gnats or mosquitoes
    is this the size the traps are when starting?
    is this growth explosion true??

    • Maria says:

      Are you already feeding them? The two things that will contribute to growth increase are genetics and being fed. Some plants are gentically predisposed to grow really big and fast, some are not. You can spray them with Maxsea if they’re too tiny to be fed with a toothpick or something. You will probably see a growth increase, but getting to adult size will still take a couple of years.

    • Dennis says:

      My VFT seedlings are too tiny to feed even with a tooth pick!
      That product you mentioned I knew of bur cannot find it anywhere except a pro flower shop that gouged the price to much it could not be afforded by me. Is there a product like it I can make at home? or another hopefully cheaper solution?
      I cannot even see a trap without a magnifying glass its so tiny
      its winter now and it does not appear to be growing so I add a little water when the tray dries still
      Since this is the first year for a seedling and it being so small I decided to skip a dormancy but will implement one staring next year
      I bought these seeds from amazon and all I was told was its a giant cultivar
      oh I am in Canada and my hardiness zone is 4a or 4

  3. Debra says:

    I have had my flytraps winding down for dormancy for a few weeks now. Would it be ok to put them in my basement now? It is approx 50 degrees down there in a south facing window. I have been watering them once every two weeks and I tried to feed them today but to no avail. Am I doing the right thing? Also when should I bring them back up to the sunroom?

    • Maria says:

      Hi Debra! Your basement sounds perfect for dormancy. You may not even need to water them every two weeks, just touch the soil and water if it seems to be getting dry. They also shouldn’t be fed during dormancy. You probably noticed the traps didn’t trigger, or did very slowly. They are saving energy to rest, and not going to spend it on eating in winter.

      You can move it back when temperatures start steadily rising. When it’s over 60 degrees consistently, I would move it back to the sunroom.

      Thanks for commenting! Hope that was helpful!

  4. Dennis says:

    Maxsea is a fertilizer!
    I was told that any kind of fertilizer even very weak is bad for a VFT
    That being said if I did get and use the Maxsea I would have killed the seedling correct?

  5. Dennis says:

    I plan to buy this plant in the spring
    http://www.amazon.ca/9GreenBox-Venus-Flytrap-Carnivorous-Plant/dp/B000TRFGGM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1452293894&sr=8-4&keywords=venus+fly+trap
    How long can it stay in the 3 inch pot??
    I ordered a similar one in May but lost it(overwatered)
    they come in a square 3 inch black plastic or with drainholes pot
    and come in LFS which I never grew anything in,Last time I threw out the LFS and put it in sphagnum peat moss

    How often will I water it since I am going to leave it in the small pot it comes in and in LFS??and since these are slow growing plants how long can it remain in the LFS and the 3 inch pot??

  6. Dennis says:

    I plan to buy this plant in the spring
    http://www.amazon.ca/9GreenBox-Venus-Flytrap-Carnivorous-Plant/dp/B000TRFGGM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1452293894&sr=8-4&keywords=venus+fly+trap
    How long can it stay in the 3 inch pot??
    I ordered a similar one in May but lost it(overwatered)
    they come in a square 3 inch black plastic or with drainholes pot
    and come in LFS which I never grew anything in,Last time I threw out the LFS and put it in sphagnum peat moss

    How often will I water it since I am going to leave it in the small pot it comes in and in LFS??and since these are slow growing plants how long can it remain in the LFS and the 3 inch pot??

  7. Maria says:

    Hello, fellow Maria!

    I just received my first carnivorous plant, a beautiful Venus fly trap as a gift. It came from a whole foods store, in a small plastic cylinder. I have been researching to see whether or not I should replant the lil guy sooner rather than later. I feel he should get used to the new surroundings before I make any moves. But I am also concerned that the soil he’s in isn’t benefiting him much. What would you suggest?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Maria says:

      Hello fellow Maria! 🙂

      If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, the plant will be going through dormancy soon. You can wait until it’s fully dormant in winter to re-pot the soil. I agree with letting it adjust to its surroundings first. Have fun with your new plant and good luck, Maria!

  8. Nathan says:

    I don’t know if this is the place to ask questions, but, if I were to plant U.sandersoniis and other carnivorous plants together in one pot, such as sundews or fly traps. Would that be okay, would it thrive or..? Thanks!

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