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Venus Flytrap Plant - CARNIVOROUS - Dionaea - 3" Clay Pot for Better Growth
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- The traps are covered inside by tiny hairs and a sticky sweet smelling substance attractive to insects
- Distilled Water
- Great House Plant
- Immediate shipping in 3" Clay Pot for better growth
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Nature provides this remarkable plant with "traps" to lure and capture it's food. The traps are covered inside by tiny hairs and a sticky sweet smelling substance attractive to insects. When an insect touches the trigger hair, the trap is activated and closes around it's victim. After digestion of it's meal (whick takes several days), the trap will open again for a new catch. Keep moist at all times, rainwater or distilled water are preferred. Plants should not be fertilized (so therefore should be separated from your other plants). The insects it catches provide natural nourishment. Select a sunny window for your Venus Flytrap. In replanting only use sphagnum! Peat moss will do in a pinch. Put a plastic saucer underneath the plant to hold water and keep it's humidity proper but do not stand in a dish of water. 2.25" Clay Pot for better growth. Due to the nature of the Venus Fly Trap you can expect some damage to the traps in shipping. Simply trim them off and new ones will quickly sprout.
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Overall I'm very satisfied with how quickly the plant arrived and the shape that it was in when it arrived. The plastic cup protecting the plants was a bit smashed, but everything else was fine. The soil was still moist and the plant seemed to be doing great.
Update: 1 week later (4/21/2011) Well... I think one of the traps is dying :( The trap that I fed in the video is turning black with the bug hanging out half way. Advice: make sure the big is 1/3 size of the trap or smaller, especially if the bug has a harder exoskeleton. The good news is that the one trap that refused to open for the first few days finally opened up last night. I've been keeping the terrarium light on for about 15 hours a day since it's literally been raining all week (gotta love the Midwest!). Also, I can see two more traps beginning to grow from the center of the plant.
Update 2: 5 months since purchase (9/8/11). This thing is growing out of control! I was able to keep it outside and in plenty of sunlight all summer. It feasted everyday on a variety of bugs that it caught on its own and a new trap seemed to sprout almost every week. I'll definitely have to re-pot it soon, but I am going to wait to see how "wintering" will treat it (apparently you're supposed to keep it at about 40 or 50 degrees for a few months towards the end of the year. I live in a harsh winter area so I'm going to place it in water and put it in my 45 degree refrigerator). I've added an updated picture.
Update 3: (2/5/2012) - I placed the entire plant (complete with the bowl of distilled water) inside of a plastic fruits/veggies bag from the grocery store and then placed that entire thing in the refrigerator sometime in October 2011. I made sure there was a lot of water in the bowl and that the bag was fluffed up in a way that it wouldn't touch the plant, since I'm not sure if it'd be healthy for one of the traps to feast on plastic. I removed it from the fridge last week and the plant seems to be alive and well. A couple more of the traps had turned black and died, but that did not worry me since I could see three or four more growing from the center. The thing that did worry me though was the fungus that had grown on one of the traps... I guess I should have cleaned out the leftover bug bodies before putting it in the fridge, but I don't think this will be an issue since it's just on one of the dead traps. Something strange, but cool, is happening to my plant though... the leaves are growing to be very wide. Before, the traps were large but their stems/leaves were tall and skinny, now the plant seems more flattened out and the leaves are much wider. I've added an updated photo.
Update 4: (3/19/2012) - The plant sprouted a flower! There was a long stem (about 5 or 6 inches) growing from the center of the plant with a couple of flowers on the end of it! I wish I would've been prepared for this by buying another pot and some sphagnum moss, but instead ended up cutting the flowering stem off near its base because I've read that flowering is a very energy-intensive process and I don't want the plant to start dying off due to lack of nutrients.
It's been nearly two weeks now and it's out on my deck in the bright sun catching bugs and doing just great.
The only negative comment I have is that the company should have included some sort of care sheet with the plant. Fortunately I had some knowledge and books on carnivorous plants.
I highly recommend this company for the quality of their plants. Just be sure to read up on the care of Venus Fly Traps before you order. Most importantly make sure you have some distilled water on hand before it arrives. Any other kind of water (tap, spring, well, etc.) will kill it within a couple of days. You must only use either distilled or rain water on it.
I would definitely order from this store again.
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