pelicanbeak wrote:I opened them up (the bag) as per the directions. But they stayed there for about 1 week. I made sure they were moist, but not wet.
The instructions we mail with the plants say to soak the plants in distilled water immediately upon delivery, or "if you don't yet have some distilled, reverse osmosis or rain water, just leave the plant(s) in the bag in a place away from direct sunlight for a while until you are able to obtain pure water, but open the bag momentarily for a fresh air change before closing the bag again"
I guess we need to amend those instructions. The suggestion above was meant for a delay of a few hours, not a few days. If plants need to be stored for several days, it would be better for them to soak in a bowl of (pure) water, or be placed in the refrigerator (not the freezer) to reduce possibility of fungal infection, or both (soaking in water in the refrigerator). They are not intended to be left in the shipping bag for days after delivery. If soaking in water, the plants should be rinsed, the bowl washed and the water changed every day or so to be safest against fungal infections.
It is normal for Venus Flytrap roots to look very dark, all except for the growing tips at the bottom of the roots, which will usually be lighter colored.
If you absolutely can't find sphagnum peat moss and perlite both without any additives of any kind (no Miracle-Gro plant-food enriched ingredients), we do sell growing medium at FlytrapStore.com. But it is much cheaper to make the medium yourself, and the Venus Flytraps need to be planted as soon as possible.