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This is a discussion on Help!! within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Right, Julie! hehe. I tried to tell him that but I guess he's from the ...

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    Right, Julie! hehe. I tried to tell him that but I guess he's from the "meat and potatos" school (he is also not a gardener) lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai
    I tried to tell him that but I guess he's from the "meat and potatos" school...
    There's your problem right there - he neglected to feed it the garlic mashed potatoes!

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    I KNEW it!!! Poor little thing....... never had a chance.
    Thankfully Venus Flytrap for sale (and most other carnivorous - heh, heh got the sp. right that time) are grown from seeds anymore. Poaching fries my bohonkus.
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    Hi Veronica,
    It's probably too late but here we go:

    Neps: generally pretty easy to care for
    You shouldn't need to add water to the pitchers ... if given sufficient moisture they will on their own. Now Sarcenias on the other hand do need water added to the pitcher.

    Depending on the type of Nep you have, the plants can get pretty darn big. N. ventrata happens to be one of the smaller species.



    Vft's: these are, in many ways harder to take care of

    Correct do NOT feed them any raw meat. The main problem here is all the nitrates and other garbage we add to our foods.

    Vft's like full sun, but you will have to harden the plant off like you would any other plant that has been kept indoors for any length of time.

    I've never done 100% sphag for a potting media. What has worked for me is a 50/50 mix of large grade perlite and peatmoss. If you happen to have any med-large grade horticultural charcoal you can throw some of that in as well. A 6-8" pot terracotta pot would be a good size. Vft's have fine roots but like to send them deep.

    Water with rain water or RO water -- no tapwater, the mineral salts will be a problem otherwise. Do not let the media dry out. I generally let mine sit in about 0.5-1 inch of water in a saucer. When the water in the saucer is gone, time to water gain.

    Here is the part that will likely be hardest for you. Vft's MUST have a cool winter rest period. Some people have luck digging up the little bulb, putting it in some barely damp peat, and storing it for 3-5 months in their fridge's veggie crisper. That hasn't worked for me but I may have had the peat too wet. I keep my bedroom quite chilly in the winter 50's-low 60's and that seems to have worked okay


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