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This is a discussion on Help!! within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Someone just gave me a Nepenthes ventrata and a very small venus fly trap, and ...

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    Someone just gave me a Nepenthes ventrata and a very small venus fly trap, and I of course have no clue on how to take care of them. I read that no fertilizer is a must. and no tap water. But someone told me to fill the pitcher halfway with water, is that right? and what about that tiny venus fly trap? sun , no sun, water?
    Heellpp!! please before I kill them!!!

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    Veronica,

    Do an advanced search on Nepenthes. I remember a bunch of discussion on the subject about a year back. See if that helps.

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    Also if you google Venus Fly Trap you will get tons of info. Read lots of the pages it comes up with.... I have been learning LOTS about plants I have had for a long time - learning it's only pure luck that they are still living haha!!!

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    Plants - what about us? I'm amazed we've all somehow managed to survive our childhoods...and adolescence...and adulthood...

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    Hi , The info . on the Nepenthes. is correct , keep moist ,bright light , pure water , some in the buckets , I read a (Very dilute ) Fert. can be used not often .
    I have one of the critter carriers they are plastic with a vented top , the larger stores that sell just pet things have them around $6.00 , In it there is a butterwort, a Sundew and a couple of the Venus fly traps they like very high humidity , any clear container would work to set the flytrap in , I put rocks on the bottom of mine then a bed of Spag. Hope this helps . Gin

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    I've no experience with flesh-devouring plants, but the no-fert rule makes a lot of sense. These guys get all sorts of nutirents and trace elements from the insects they digest. They wouldn't need additional fertilization.

    There, that's my two cents. I'll shut up now on a topic I know nothing about.

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    Thanks for the info guys!
    The N. ventrata is doing well ( at least for now )
    and the Venus flytrap.. well not too sure.. it looks like it's dying on me
    but I'm not giving up hope .... yet...

    thanks

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    Hi Veronica,

    Just now reading your posts. Good luck with your carnivourus plants. We have several natives in our area, including seven types of pitcher plant, sundews, dewthreads, butterworts, and bladderworts, although Venis Flytrap is very rare and only grows in a small area of Virginia(?) I believe. I love to photograph the carnivourus plants and native orchids (rose pagonia, grass pink, to name a few) in the state parks and swampy areas of NW FL.
    BTW, don't feed your Venus Flytrap hamburger! My Dad fed his red meat and I think it died of blocked arteries.
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    Well, yeah...when do you think a carniverous plant last captured a cow?

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    The Venus flytraps that are sold here in NZ are all grown in sphag and grown on a wet bed sitting in water.Never feed the Venus flytrap and please dont trigger the traps as both will kill the plants

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