Re: Flytrap longevity?

From: Robert Ziemer (
Date: Fri Oct 15 1999 - 11:13:50 PDT

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 11:13:50 -0700
From: Robert Ziemer <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg3577$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Flytrap longevity?

> Subject: Flytrap longevity?
> How many years can an individual Venus flytrap plant last? How long has
> any of you seen a potted flytrap survive? What's the evidence for
> potential flytrap longevity?

I purchased a single VFT from a department store in 1957 (my first CP).
I still have the plant and it is thriving. It has been growing for 42
years in 100% Canadian sphagnum peat that I occasionally buy in
compressed bales at local stores. Every 5 years (or so), I toss out the
old peat, separate the "bulbs", and repot using new peat. This has
resulted in multiple hundreds of clones of the original plant. The plant
still produces abundant seed. There is no suggestion of old age in this
VFT. The same cannot be said of the owner, however.

Bob Ziemer

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