Re: Intro and VFT question

Date: Thu Sep 30 1999 - 06:38:50 PDT

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 09:38:50 EDT
Message-Id: <aabcdefg3383$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Intro and VFT question


>its current growth state. Lately, the new leaves
>(we've had the plant for about 2 months now and it has
>put up 6 leaves in that time) have a large, vigorous
>leaf-base but virtually no trap at the end; just a
>short spike where the lamina would be. The last three
>have been like this. My theory is that the plant's
>bulb (is that what it has under there, in the peat?)

It does have a bulb, sort of... more like a mass of thickened leaf
bases technically, but close enough for government work :)

When people report their plants are growing leaves like yours, it is
most often because they aren't getting enough light. Some people are
keeping them in a terrarium using only a fish tank lid (which has a 20W
light at best) or they are keeping the plant in a window which doesn't
get any direct sun. In the wild they do great in full sun and the
longer the better.... I grow most of my vft's outside in full sun,
spring through fall, in 6 hours of direct sun. They have great
color(especially in the fall) and well deveolped traps. You might wish
to use a shop light or build a custom lid for a 10 gallon tank. You
could just try putting it in a south facing window. Feel free to check
out my web page to see my growing guide, as well as pictures of many
flytrap mutants and color forms.

>I would be interested in trying my hand at Drosera, but
>I'm not sure autumn is the right time of year to be
>starting any new plants.

You could try tropical drosera which grow year round and don't need a
dormancy. I personally love the entire petiolaris complex and I have D.
paradoxa available. Hope this helps and if you have any more questions,
feel to write direct.

Take care,

-Thomas Hayes


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