Ah yes, my Venus flytrap seedlings and my sundews are the only plant in my collection getting any attention lately. Dormancy, you are so bittersweet, and I’m going to be saying that all winter long!
In my last seedling update, I showed their little trap leaves for the first time and also moved them inside to grow under a bulb. The move to indoors has had advantages as well as drawbacks.
On the plus side, they’ve been growing a lot bigger and faster since moving them inside! The red seedlings actually have 1-2 traps instead of little red nubs. And the Fused Tooth x Fused Tooths have at least 3 traps and growing more constantly! I’m planning on feeding them very soon and seeing how much that boosts their growth.
While the Fused Tooth x Fused Tooth seedlings look relatively normal as far as baby flytraps go, the red seedlings are looking a bit unusual. I didn’t even notice until I zoomed in and cropped the photos. This first one looks downright deformed. It may be damaged, though I don’t see how that would happen.
This second seedling has pretty distinct, short cilia, much like Sawtooth or Dentate-styled cultivars. The rear trap (focused on the second photo) looks like it barely has any cilia at all!
Only time will tell though! The next update and beyond will show more traits as they become clearer.
The only downside to growing indoors has been the mold. You can see a bit of it on the soil surface in the photos. It’s not out of control or anything, just frustrating and unsightly. I have put the seedlings outside occasionally for some air circulation, but I know drastic temperature changes aren’t good for them either. I’m looking into options for improving air circulation inside. A fan makes sense but it would make the room cool, and I like being warm. 😛
I’m sure I’ll figure something out. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for an exciting holiday GIVEAWAY in a future post! And join the email list to be notified when the post goes live!