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ImagePerennialgirl
Mar 20, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Hi, I just bought a Venus Fly Trap. What should I do and not do to keep it alive? I've never grown one before.
Imagejimsned2
Mar 27, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Gee; 7 days and no answer!!! I haven't been on for quite a while and have missed a lot. Let me try to answer your question best I can. I have my fly traps in a bog garden, just a very large pot filled with peat moss and soaked with water. You must use distilled or rain water, city water will kill them quickly. I've read various articles that say keep them in full sun and some saying partial shade. Full sun works for me.The moss can not be permitted to dry out. Leave the little critters alone and they will catch what food they need. Don't touch them to watch the traps close, that exhausts them and then they starve. And while some will say it's OK to feed them this or that, DON'T---I've been there and done that, believe me they are best left on they're own to attract and kill insects. If you google fly traps you can get a lot of useful information, and I'm sure that once folks get active here again you will get lots of good information. Don't give up on cubits it's a great place with lots of great folks that will offer lots of help.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImagePerennialgirl
Mar 27, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Thanks, Jim. I knew that I have to use rainwater or distilled. Do you give yours a rest period?
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 27, 2011 5:47 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
The Venus Fly Trap or Dionaea muscipula is easy to keep in the UK! You already seem to know about how critical water is to them, as city water will kill them as indeed any water with a lime content!. The most trouble is people wanting to trigger the traps, as triggering an empty trap will normally if repeated end up with that whole leaf dying off. So allow them as Jim stated to do their own thing and catch flies naturally!
I use sphagnum moss peat with mine and some vermiculite, although they are quiet happy in pure peat. Never ever despite what people tell you be tempted to feed them with any sort of fertilizer/plant food that will wipe them out! I do not allow mine to flower, although some people do to get larger traps.
At the end of the summer I just keep mine in my cold greenhouse, in trays of sphagnum moss peat in their pots and with some moss on top. The main thing is not to fuss over them and people will tell you about humidity. Although they do like a high humidity they are not too troubled if it drops like in our winter. Jim stated the right things about keeping the moss or peat damp, that is all you can do.
People in the UK buy them from Garden Centres as a toy and then take them into a centrally heated house and feed them tap water. They do not like the dry air of a centrally heated house, and they do not like tap water either. So therefore have a reputation of being difficult to keep which they are not!
Ass for light they like bright light and I try to make sure that they get a least four hours a day of that! This is difficult in the winter, but they seem to adjust to that time of year anyway!
I also grow Sarracenias in my garden and they are treated the same way with GHN or General Horticultural Neglect!
Water them and don't fuss over them.
Regards from a sunny England.
Neil.

ImagePerennialgirl
Mar 27, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Neil, thank you very much great detailed instructions!
ImageSeray
Mar 30, 2011 4:02 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Time to wake up CPer's! Sundew cookies for you Charley!! Lovey dubby

Judy Hinkle's waiting patiently for flies.

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The rest are sparkling and making babies.



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ImageMistirose
Apr 14, 2011 1:54 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I have some pics of my VFT flower bud and my Love Bug bllom on my blog

http://ababeinthegarden.blogspot.com/

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
ImageSeray
Apr 14, 2011 2:19 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Hurray! Lovey dubby
Imagejimsned2
Apr 16, 2011 7:08 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Sherri, great looking V.F.T.s how old are they? Mine are much smaller and I'm still trying to find a spot where they will remain healthy. It seems that putting them in our full Florida sun may be a bit too much for them and I'm thinking of trying partial shade, Also, I have mine in my bog and since I keep it very very wet, it just may be too soggy for them. Any suggestions?
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImageSeray
Apr 16, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Hi Jim

This is in my front bog. It gets about 6 hours of sun. They like to be wet but not soggy. You might try elevating it just a little from the rest of your CP's. This one made it through the winter just fine and is probably two years old. I bought him from Kroger last summer. He was screaming at me for rescue. Thumbs up Lovey dubby
Imagejimsned2
Apr 16, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Thank Sherri, raising them would be easier then a new drier bog, if that doesn't work I guess I'll just give them they're own bog.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImageSeray
Apr 16, 2011 6:30 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Let us know if it works for you Jim. It may not be the water. Did you get enough cold weather for it to go dormant?
Imagebree
Apr 16, 2011 10:00 PM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
yeah your flytraps should die down and go dormant over winter. Still keep just moist (they can rot esp. when cold and wet). Or you can unpot them and store in the fridge until winters over. Anyone do this.? i have but don't usually.
Imagejimsned2
Apr 17, 2011 6:30 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
I just bought these two that I have, smaller then the ones I had last year. "Dormant" heck, I thought they died last year and threw them out! Sad
since we don't get much of a winter maybe this time I will try the refrigerator thing, Since I add water to my bog just about every day maybe it's just too soggy for them, I've already raised them up and will just keep an eye on them and see what happens.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImageSeray
Apr 17, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
They do look like they are dead. All black traps an such! That's a good sign your weather was cold enough. Smiling
Imagebree
May 4, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
I just got the shits with moving my flytrap pots around outside to keep them out of the way of workman so i trimmed them all down, washed the soil from them and put them in the fridge in a plastic container with some damp spag. moss. My partners building a waterfall for our pond and wants to put them on it. Wonder how long i can keep them in the fridge or do i have to get them out when it warms back up?
ImageMistirose
May 4, 2011 3:17 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
You got the what? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing you crack me up. You know Im not sure how long you can do that for. Blinking
Imagekareoke
May 4, 2011 4:44 PM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
I agree I nhad to read it twice. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagebree
May 5, 2011 4:32 AM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
sorry guys, didnt think when i was writting it. Guess you could say we swear a little. Hilarious! Years of hanging out with work men...tradies. hehe!
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ImagePerennialgirl
May 5, 2011 7:31 AM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Well, I lost my Venus Fly Trap. When I was away when my sister passed away my DD was watering my plants. This was the only casualty. One is better than lots.

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