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Learn how to treat mite damage on Venus flytraps

Sad & Ugly Plants? How to Spot & Treat Mites

As a fairly experienced grower of five years, it was embarrassing.

This past summer, my Venus flytraps weren’t thriving like they had the year before. In fact, they looked REALLY bad. I gave them a dose of a systemic insecticide that helped wiped out my mealybugs earlier this year (imidacloprid). No improvement.

When I had more dead leaves than live ones, I knew I had a problem I had to tackle fast.

This is what my plants looked like. 🙁

Learn how to treat mite damage on Venus flytraps

My once-gorgeous FTS Crimson Sawtooth looked like crap. 🙁

Learn how to treat mite damage on Venus flytraps

New traps were dying before fully developing! I wanted to cry.

Learn how to treat mite damage on Venus flytraps

Learn how to treat mite damage on Venus flytraps

 

From what I read in books and searched online, my best educated guess was spider mites as the culprit. I took photos of my damaged plants and posted in the FlytrapCare Forums to get feedback from other growers, and my suspicion was confirmed. I had pretty gnarly mite damage.

The bad news: Mites are tough, and many systemic insecticides don’t work on them. To truly take care of them, you specifically need a good miticide. And the best miticide on the market is expensive and comes in a huge quantity. 

This is where I really want to sing the praises of FlytrapCare.com. Their store offers small doses of miticide at an affordable price. They are all $19.95, so you might as well buy Avid, the best one.

This is the dose of Avid that I received. Yes, that tiny little bottle can create five gallons! More than enough for me!

Avid Miticide available in small doses!

As mentioned in the description, Avid is effective on mobile life stages of mites, but not on eggs. To best eradicate all life stages, apply once every three days, for a total of three applications. Avid is a toxic pesticide, so be sure to use proper protection and read the label when handling it, even in small doses! 

And, oh man! I saw my flytraps bounce back to life almost immediately! Check out these shots from last week!

Red Venus flytrap cultivars, click to see more!

Red Venus flytrap cultivars, click to see more!

The traps are alive! No more 90% dead leaves!

Red Venus flytrap cultivars, click to see more!

Red Venus flytrap cultivars, click to see more!

 

You can see some of the old damage on these typicals. I’m waiting for the whole leaf to die off before trimming!

Dionaea muscipula, Venus flytrap.

Dionaea muscipula, Venus flytrap.

So how do I know if I have mites? 

Mites tend to attack when the weather is hot and dry, which was definitely the case here in California! If you have damage that looks similar to mine, and hot, dry weather to match, chances are good that you have them. The mites themselves are very hard to see and nearly microscopic. They look like tiny red or white specks. Spider mites may also weave web-like structures around your plants.

I’m bummed that my flytraps aren’t as glorious-looking as last year, but this was definitely a valuable lesson! I know what to look for and can hopefully stop damage sooner next time! This is also my wake up call to take preventative action against pests during dormancy this year.

Final note: I don’t receive any kind of commission from Flytrapcare.com. I wanted to share what worked for me, and hopefully you guys will benefit from the info too!

If you did find this post helpful, please share it with the buttons to the left! Everyone should have the knowledge to treat plant damage at an affordable cost!

Thanks for reading! Til next time,

Maria

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.

Sarracenia Insanity! My pilgrimage to the Asylum

If you’ve searched carnivorous plants online at all, you may have come across a blog known as The Pitcher Plant Project. My pal Rob Co is the owner of said blog, and the greenhouse in which he houses his plants is affectionately known as The Asylum (I love it!). My friend Megan is also a friend of Rob’s and visited the area last weekend! The three of us got together and spent a few hours in carnivorous plant insanity paradise!

It’s been a dream for me to visit a personal collection like at the Asylum since I first got into carnivorous plants. Please enjoy my MANY photos from the visit below!

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Young Dionaea Muscipula ( Venus flytrap)

Beauty in Death: Artsy Photos of Venus Flytrap Dormancy

Dead plants are among my favorite subject to photograph. In college, I created entire portfolios and projects based on the beauty of death and decay. I’m endlessly fascinated by the textures, colors, and the whole concept of cyclical death and rebirth. So just as a forewarning, there are lots of photos of Venus flytrap dormancy ahead! You should also check out this post for a sense of what  dormancy looks like.

In these shots, I get a little artsy. I gotta pay tribute to my artistic roots! 😉

Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps. Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps. Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps.

Deep, intense coloring on dormant Venus fly traps

As shown above, dormant Venus flytraps are known to show very intense red coloring and prostrate growth. But as you can see below, they also make some other interesting colors!

Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps

I’m also oddly fascinated by where the trap leaf starts turning black as it begins to decline.

Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy

Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy

I’m breaking the artsy vibe for a minute. Here is a recent, but crappy cell phone photo of the entire pot of adult flytraps. This is the before photo of doing some major black trap trimming!

Adult Venus Flytraps in Dormancy

And here is the after photo! I trimmed away everything that was completely black and relatively easy to get to. I still triggered a few traps and accidentally cut some green growth, oops! Many plants still have thick clusters of dead traps that I couldn’t get to without practically uprooting the whole plant. I will wait a couple months before doing that!

Adult Venus Flytraps in Dormancy And now back to artsy photos! Mostly of the carcasses with some Sarracenia trimmings in there too.

Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them!

Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them!

Of course, I can’t wait to see my plants growing again. But I’m content with this kind of natural beauty for now!

Have an excellent weekend everyone! 😀

Carnivorous Plant Print - Black and White

Carnivorous Plant Gift Guide: Decor & Housewares

It’s getting down to the wire, folks! Christmas is coming up in just over two weeks! Those of you who are online shopping for gifts this year (at least 90% of y’all, I’m sure!) need to place your orders ASAP for guaranteed Christmas delivery! If you’re still stumped, I’m here to save you. 😀 This post features some of the best carnivorous plant decor and housewares you can find!

Glass Venus Flytrap Sculpture by Emergent Glassworks.
Glass Venus Flytrap Sculpture by Emergent Glassworks.

Emergent Glassworks makes fantastic and intricate glass sculptures. Their subject matter includes curious life forms such as octopuses, mushrooms, jellyfish, and Venus flytraps, naturally! You can stick them in the soil of your pots to decorate them. Some pieces are also available as pendants and keychains! One of the Venus flytrap sculptures even glows in the dark!

Carnivorous Plant Canvas Print. Vintage Illustration.
Carnivorous Plant Canvas Print. Vintage Illustration.
Carnivorous Plant Print on Wrapped Canvas
Carnivorous Plant Print on Wrapped Canvas

Naturally, I have to plug the framed and canvas prints in my own store! Click this link to get $5 off + free shipping on everything in the store! This is a holiday special that ends on the 14th!

Framed Cephalotus Print
Framed Cephalotus Print

But what’s more… today only, you get $10 off canvas prints and framed prints! Either way you order will be ready to hang! Nothing beats getting a deal on artwork that takes the hassle of framing and hanging!

Venus Flytrap bottle opener by ReEcoShop
Venus Flytrap bottle opener by ReEcoShop

Now this wall-mounted bamboo opener would make an awesome gift for someone who is also a beer drinker (ahem, me 😉 )! These are sustainably made by ReEcoShop with recycled bamboo and printed with eco-friendly inks. Like the design, but not a drinker? They also make Living on the Fly Tea Towels. Super cute!

Mutant Flytrap Sculptures by Sculptivated Art
Frankenflytrap by Sculptivated Art.

I first saw Sculptivated in a carnivorous plant group on Facebook and was instantly a fan of her work! Her sculptures are completely handmade, and each mutant flytrap is one of a kind and completely unique. I love how stunningly detailed and full of personality they are! These cute lil’ fellas available in a variety of sizes and price points, plus you can even have a custom sculpture made for you!

Heliamphora Photo Print
Heliamphora Heterodoxa x Minor Photo Print by sam1greentmb

I really enjoy the unique carnivorous plant photography by longtime Ebay seller, sam1greentmb, especially this black and white Heliamphora piece. We are often so dazzled by the colors of carnivorous plants, I find it refreshing to view them in black and white. That way, you can admire just their forms and textures. Sam also has great quality plants and seeds for sale, if you’re so inclined!

This was a pretty interesting mix things I put together! Hopefully you found the perfect carnivorous plant gift for someone! If you’re still stumped, check out my post on carnivorous plant books and The Carnivore Girl store!

Chop, chop, the clock is ticking! Make your purchases SOON!

Utricularia Livida Bladderwort in a tea cup

Terrestrial Bladderworts! Plant Them in Tea Cups! (I’m Serious)

At this point, I’ve given up pretending I have any self-control when it comes to buying plants. I just always need more, period. And lately I’m confident enough to try a few different genera outside of my comfort zone, as you saw with my butterworts.  This time, I’m trying out bladderworts (utricularia)!

Bladderwort. Utricularia Blanchetii
Utricularia Blanchetii

Why yes, it’s planted in a tea cup. And no, it doesn’t have a drainage hole! Just a regular cup I picked up a thrift store. Before you shake me, I haven’t forgotten everything I’ve learned about carnivorous plant care! It’s true that most carnivorous plants require good drainage. Keyword being most. Bladderworts actually prefer little to no drainage!

Bladderworts are divided into three main groups: terrestrial, aquatic, and affixed aquatic. The ones I have are terrestrial, and potted (rather, tea cupped!) in two parts peat moss to one part perlite. They prefer soil that is quite wet and waterlogged. For almost every species of terrestrial bladderwort, I’ve read they enjoy being flooded with water occasionally. Distilled water, as always!

But without drainage, how do you prevent the buildup of minerals in the soil? Nearly everything I’ve read also suggests re-potting with fresh media more often than with other carnivores. Works for me, I have plenty of tea cups and will need to stay busy during the winter!

Carnivorous Bladderwort Utricularia Livida
Utricularia Livida

Most terrestrial bladderworts are tropical or subtropical plants, and don’t require a dormancy. They also shouldn’t be exposed to freezing temperatures. Like your Mexican butterworts and tropical sundews, they make great windowsill plants! I will be editing my carnivorous house plants article to include bladderworts very soon! Because they’re also not picky about drainage, they would likely make good plants for an open terrarium. I will probably experiment with this over winter too!

My bladderworts are currently kept near my sundews in the top, sunniest shelf of my outside mini-greenhouse. We’ve been having several days of rain here, but I’m hoping some periodic sunshine induces growth and flowering. They won’t freeze, but temperatures will go down into the 40s F. They may not do much action at all, but only time will tell!

Like with their drainage, terrestrial bladderworts don’t seem too pick about light either. It seems more sunlight and warmer temperatures will produce more flowers, but they are also perfectly happy to receive partial shade. It seems their only hard, fast requirement is keeping their soil wet.

Bladderwort Flower Scape
Flower scape of utricularia livida

From these photos, you’re probably thinking Okay, that just looks like moss or grass. What makes them carnivorous? That’s the super interesting part! The carnivorous parts of bladderworts are  underneath the soil! They have bladders (hence the name) that trap tiny insects and other life forms that live in the soil. Dr. Barry Rice, author of Growing Carnivorous Plants and many research articles, describes best how the bladders work:

The bladder sets itself by pumping fluid out of its interior, via special bifid and quadrifid glands. As a result, the water pressure inside the bladder is lower than the surrounding water. The bladder has trap door, but it is firmly set closed by a combination of a threshold ridge at the bladder entrance and mucous as an additional sealant. Small organisms find their way to the trap entrance (it is unknown whether they just wander up to the trap, or are somehow attracted to the trap door).

Either by bumping into the door, or perhaps by touching the little hairlike organs protructing out of the trap door, they trigger the bladder. Either they simply lever the door ajar (perhaps with the mechanical advantage of the door-hairs), or the door may weaken slightly through some active process (perhaps similar to the changes in turgor pressure that makes Mimosa plants droop, or processes that occur in Dionaea?). Since the pressure in the trap is low, water rushes into the trap, carrying the animal with it. The prey has no chance to protest since it is drawn into the trap in as little as 1/30 of a second. The trapdoor swings closed again, sealing the creature inside.

Quote from The Carnivorous Plant FAQ.

Carnivorous Bladderwort
Utricularia Warburgii currently winning the prettiest teacup contest!

Unlike nearly all other carnivorous plants, bladderworts have the least visually impressive leaves, yet the most complex method of carnivory, which we can’t even see! That is just so fascinating to me. Their flowers, though, are stunning! They’re every bit as complex and ornate as orchid flowers, and are the main reason hobbyists choose to grow them.

One terrestrial species that is easy to grow and produces THE CUTEST! flowers is utricularia sandersonii. Their flowers seriously look like white bunny rabbits suspended in midair!

Utricularia Sandersonii
Field of bunny flowers! Utricularia Sandersonii.

My U. sandersonii are currently being shipped to me from Predatory Plants! I can’t wait to see bunny flowers blooming from their little teacups! The cuteness just might kill me.

If you’re just as susceptible to pretty flowers and cuteness as me, Predatory Plants still has U. sandersonii in stock at an awesome price! There is really no better bladderwort to start with!

Here’s an even sweeter deal. Sign up for my email newsletter to get a special coupon code you can use every time you shop at PredatoryPlants.com! 

Bladderworts are unassuming, and frankly unimpressive plants until you take a closer look at what’s under the surface. 😉 Just from what I’ve recently learned, I have a new-found appreciation for these little guys and now I can’t get enough! Maybe I sparked a little of that in some of you?

Til next time!

"Crimson Sawtooth" Venus flytrap. A gorgeous cultivar!

One Venus Flytrap Dormancy Period to Another (with pictures!)

How’s it going, growers? Some of you still wondering about dormancy? Cool! I thought I would provide some visual references to the Venus flytrap dormancy period. I have three images below of my typical Venus flytrap pot, all taken at different times of the year.

Venus Flytraps
Venus Flytraps freshly potted and just coming out of dormancy

In the above photo from last March. you can see the larger traps from last season are on short, wide stems. These grew in the fall of 2013, in preparation for dormancy. Short-stemmed leaves hugging the ground is one of the first signs of oncoming dormancy, although some varieties of Venus flytraps stay close to the ground regardless of what time of year it is.

Venus Flytraps in Summer
Venus flytraps in the summer, at the height of their growth

Now this above photo from July is obviously not during dormancy, but actually the middle of their growing season. I’ve included it to illustrate the difference between seasonal growth habits. Notice how all of the traps are standing tall on longer, erect stems. Also yes, this is the same pot! Such an explosion of growth in just four months! It’s super cool to see these photos side by side.

Venus Flytraps Dormancy Period
Current Venus flytrap dormancy period

And now just last week. Lots of the tall, summer leaves have died back and the growth is short and close to the ground again, though bigger and much more crowded than last season! The difference in color is pretty astonishing too. I’ve never seen those traps in the center cluster look so deeply red before. Check out the cluster in the lower left corner of the pot though. I believe it’s same plant as in the front right in the July photo. That one stayed mostly green and tall all year long.

I should note it’s been a slightly warmer than usual November here in California. Venus flytraps in colder climates may die back even more, if not completely. Remember also the above photos are only my typical Venus Flytraps. The dormant period can look vastly different on different cultivars. I don’t usually take photos of my all-red cultivars because they look really ragged and sad during dormancy. But I did today, for science!

Crimson Sawtooth Venus Flytrap
Dormant vs Growing FTS Crimson Sawtooth

My FTS Crimson Sawtooth (above) definitely looks sadder today than it did during the summer! Before I got more red flytraps, I remember I worried so much because it died back so far every winter. I thought it was sick or I did something wrong. At this point though, I’m pretty certain that is just how red flytraps tend to be. I’ve had the Crimson Sawtooth for about five years now! Below are some more of my red little ones.

Red Piranha Venus Flytrap
Red Piranha, almost underground!
Pink Venus Flytrap
Pink Venus
Red Dragon Venus Flytrap
Red Dragon (Akai Ryu)

This little Red Dragon division (above) has been notoriously slow-growing all season long. It finally just started putting out noticeably bigger traps right before dormancy! Oh well, I’ll enjoy them next season.

Maroon Monster Venus Flytrap
FTS Maroon Monster

My FTS Maroon Monster is the biggest and fastest growing of my red flytraps. I’ve had this one for the shortest amount of time, only two months, but it grew about four new traps in that time!  This is its first dormancy with me, so we’ll see later on how winter affects it.

If you have any further questions on the dormancy period, be sure to read my other posts: Winter is Coming! A Guide to Venus Flytrap Dormancy and Is my Venus Flytrap Dormant or Dead? And don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’re still confused! I will be happy to answer as soon as I can. 🙂

Many American pitcher plants (Sarracenia) create autumn leaves in gorgeous colors!

Pitcher Plant Dormancy Photos (My kind of autumn colors!)

I write a lot about Venus fly traps because they are the most widely recognized carnivorous plant for so many, but there’s a special place in my heart for Sarracenia (North American pitcher plants). These are often cultivated in the exact same conditions as Venus fly traps. Essentially anything I write about Venus fly traps can also be applied to Sarracenia.

Naturally, this means it’s time for pitcher plant dormancy too. Like tree leaves changing colors with the seasons, Sarracenia pitchers turn a gorgeous array of colors before they rest for the winter. Yes, falling leaves are beautiful but these are my kind of autumn colors! The carnivorous kind. 😉 Lots of photos ahead, hope you enjoy them! These are of my Sarracenia Flava “Cuprea” or Coppertop.

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Sarracenia Flava Cuprea Dormancy

Sarracenia Flava Cuprea DormancySarracenia Flava Cuprea Dormancy

I hope all of you are enjoying a cozy, colorful autumn as well! Have an excellent weekend. 😀

Venus flytrap seedlings!

Venus Flytrap Seedlings (Now with actual traps & indoor lighting!)

It’s been a while since my last Venus flytrap seedlings update, and there’s been a lot of progress since then! The Fused Tooth x Fused Tooth seedlings are so big and robust. They’ve already put out their first actual trap leaves, and some have developed a bit of red coloring as well! Check out the shots below!

Venus Flytrap Seedling

It looks like the seedling below is already showing some fused, bristled cilia on its trap! The seedling in the above photo definitely has more traditional looking cilia. Only time will tell as they get older though.

Venus Flytrap Seedling

In contrast, the red seedlings have been developing a lot more slowly. They still don’t have any clear trap leaves yet. I’m not too worried though, because red plants do tend to grow more slowly. They have been turning redder and darker, which I’m hoping is a good sign!

Red Venus Flytrap Seedling Red Venus Flytrap Seedling

Last weekend, I also decided to move my seedlings inside to keep them growing and developing over winter. I’m definitely not an indoor grower, so my light set up is extremely basic.

Growing Seedlings Indoors

I cleared out a shelf in my bookcase and taped up some white pieces of paper to reflect light back onto the seedlings. Because my shelf is black, it would just absorb a lot of light and get really hot if it didn’t have the white paper up. With the white paper, I can use the available light to make it feel a bit brighter.

I have an 18w 5000K compact florescent bulb in a clamp lamp with a metal reflector. I’m only using that particular bulb because it was what I already had. If I were buying a new one, I’d get one that was a bit more powerful (like 24 watts), and 6500K, which is the color temperature of daylight.

Because my light is not particularly strong, I’m leaving it on for 16 hour periods. Again, I’m not a light or indoor growing expert, but if you want to try growing seedlings indoors, here’s a basic list similar to what I have:

You can also see my tried and trusted betta fish pellets in the photo! Once the seedlings develop more trap leaves, I’ll be feeding them to boost their growth. Check out my feeding guide here!

The pot on the far left with the bag over it holds my freshly sown Drosera filiformis “Florida Red” seeds! The plastic bag is to increase humidity for germination. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a FREE pack of your own D. filiformis “Florida Red” seeds! Giveaway ends on Wednesday so enter ASAP!

Any questions about light, seed growing, or anything else feel free to email me (maria@thecarnivoregirl.com) or leave a comment below. Don’t over think on lights too much! When in doubt, don’t underestimate that sunny windowsill! 😉

Carnivorous Plant Art: Nepenthes Photography by Istvan Kadar

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant by Istvan Kadar Design & Photography. Buy prints here!

I have a soft spot for really good, photographic art. Photography was my university major after all. 😉 Everyone has the ability to snap photos these days, but creating an image while correctly exposing, composing, and portraying your subject in a visually pleasing way takes a lot of skill and practice. Istvan Kadar certainly knows how to separate art from snapshots! Pitcher Plant, shown above, precisely focuses on the pitcher while blurring out the background. He also uses the available light and color to make a very warm, visually rich image!

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Monkey Cups by Istvan Kedar Photography & Design. Buy prints here!

 On the other hand, Monkey Cups, portrays more abstracted textures and shapes by removing all color. Dying leaves are usually an eyesore to plant growers, but they add a key visual component to this image. I’ve always found dead or dying plants visually interesting, sometimes more so than live plants! So I appreciate other artists who include the not-so-pretty aspects into their work.

Tis the season for giving! These images are available as framed prints, canvas prints, tote bags and more! Get something for yourself or a special Nepenthes grower in your life! 

Treat Yo’self! Cutest Carnivorous Plant Gifts

With winter approaching for us in the northern Hemisphere, THE HOLIDAYS are approaching everywhere in the world! Yes, it’s that time already! I’ve been scoping out some awesome carnivorous plant gifts (for uh, other people, sure!) and came across these gorgeous illustrations by Kate Halpin. I want them so bad!

Butterwort Carnivorous Plant Drawing
Butterwort – Pinguicula macroceras. © 2013 Kate Halpin
Sarracenia Leucophylla
Pitcher Plant – Sarracenia leucophylla © 2012 Kate Halpin

Because Kate is selling her artwork through Society6.com, you can buy these as framed or unframed prints, canvas prints, or even throw pillow covers or tote bags! I definitely want prints, but my girlie side is coming out and I’m totally gonna need a tote bag. I mean really, how cute is this?

Butterwort Tote Bag
Tote bags available in 3 sizes!

And these pillows! WANT! No, NEED! My favorite color is green and I’m working on my entire house having green accents. THE PILLOW IS PERFECTION!

Sarracenia Leucophylla Pillow
Throw pillows available as indoor/outdoor, with pillow insert, or just the pillow cover!

My background is in art, and I’m kind of a marketing geek, so I love promoting other artists who are good at what they do, especially since it’s so tough to make a living as an artist! Treat yourself or a special carnivorous plant grower in your life to one of Kate’s lovely pieces! She has lots more gorgeous nature-inspired artwork too.

Do you or anyone else you know make awesome carnivorous plant gifts, art, or crafts? Leave a comment with a link, or send an email to maria at thecarnivoregirl.com! I have pretty high standards so if it’s good, I’ll plug it for sure! 😉

Growing Venus flytraps from seeds is a lengthy process, but so rewarding!

OMG EXCITEMENT! We Have Venus Fly Trap Germination!

Fly Trap Seed Germination Fly trap seed germination

Just wanted to make a quick update from my post on planting Venus fly trap seeds.  The first signs of Venus fly trap germination appeared early last weekend! I believe it was Friday. The seeds were sown on September 7th, which means they took just under three weeks to germinate.

I’ll admit I was getting nervous. I saw other posts online where other peoples’ seeds showed germination within two weeks. One post even saw germination in six days! I was feeling some major germination-envy. This envy got to me, and I ended up putting my seeds in direct sunlight for a few hours every day sometime mid-last week. I think that extra heat kicked them into gear. They had only been in bright shade before.

The other growers most likely were keeping them indoors under lights on timers, probably 16 hours or longer. Honestly, that’s probably a more ideal situation for seedlings, since you have more control of their heat and humidity levels. My seedlings were definitely subject to more temperature fluctuations. I also may have left them outside at night once or twice when it got into the low 60s, oops. I’m sure that delayed germination quite a bit.

The two photos above are the only signs of germination I’ve seen so far, but I’m feeling optimistic! My method hasn’t been perfect, but I wanted to see how Nature would treat the seeds. These two are obviously the strongest of the bunch, and I hope the rest follow soon!

Who is the father? 😛

For those wondering about parentage, these seeds are from two different batches. The top image is a seed selectively pollinated from two “Fused Tooth” cultivars. Because they are seed grown and not “Fused Tooth” clones, they will be called Fused Tooth x Fused Tooth. Each seed is genetically unique, and not all will display the “Fused Tooth” traits.

The second seed is a result of selective pollination from all-red Venus fly traps, which offers a much higher probability of all-red babies! Y’all know my love for red flytraps! Again, each seed is completely unique and may or may not have all-red traits at all. It’s possible more seeds germinated, but are just hard to see against the soil if they are in fact, red!

So what’s in your germination station?

What are you growing from seeds, dear readers? Under what kind of conditions are you keeping them? Or if you’re not growing anything from seed right now, what would you grow if you could? Leave me a comment about anything at all!

If I get another batch of fly trap seeds, it will be the Giant and Superior variety, from the same breeders as my current seeds. How cool would it be to grow gigantic, vigorous, and completely unique Venus fly traps?! And 20 seeds for under $10! I better stop myself now… 😉

As always, thanks for reading! More updates on the Venus fly trap germination will come soon!

Update! See their first leaves here!

My Venus Flytrap Collection Keeps Growing! Rare new plants!

Hey readers! How’s it going? I hope all your plants are growing beautifully and rapidly! Most of my plants from my contest post have arrived, so I gotta show off my growing Venus flytrap collection! (Warning: This will be an image-heavy post!)

My favorite types of Venus flytraps are all-red varieties, closely followed by those with short/jagged cilia. Naturally, I added both to my Venus flytrap collection!

This is FTS Maroon Monster, still wrapped up right before potting. The adult plant is now my largest all-red Venus flytrap, as it should be! Red Venus flytraps tend to be smaller and slow growing in my experience, but FTS Maroon Monster was selectively bred at Flytrapstore.com to be a large and vigorous grower! I can’t wait to see the little divisions grow too!
FTS Maroon Monster

I just can’t get over the beautiful coloring, and what a nice healthy rhizome! This plant was sent to me by a Flytrapcare forum member. If an online store/nursery doesn’t have what you’re looking for, remember you can always turn to your peers!

FTS Maroon Monster

All potted up! It will take a few weeks to get established so it’s staying out of direct sunlight for the time being.

FTS Maroon Monster

Here is Coquillage, which will undoubtedly become a prized jewel in my Venus flytrap collection!  It’s a newer cultivar and still fairly rare. Coquillage means “shell” in French, which refers to the traps being shaped like seashells. I am a sucker for the fancy-sounding name, but really fell in love with the unusual shape and pretty colors. Those extremely short cilia are right up my alley!

Coquillage Venus Flytrap

Here is BZ Razorbackwhich was originally a seed-grown Venus Flytrap owned by Bob Ziemer, a longtime grower and a leading authority on carnivorous plants. Again, right up my alley with the short, jagged teeth and gorgeous, bright coloring!BZ Razorback Venus Flytrap

And finally, here is Bristletooth, one of the classic short-toothed cultivars. Gorgeous red patterning inside the traps as well!

Bristletooth Venus Flytrap

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