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I just got my VFT yesterday and i fed it half of an earwig(because its still small.) Shortly after i was looking it over and i noticed very tiny black bugs crawling all over my vft, but mostly just on the trap that held the earwig. The bugs are so small that they wouldn't look like much in a picture. They would mostly look like little dirt specks. PLEASE HELP ME!
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hi my name is daren,i just joined the blog and i ordered 3 plants off of ebay.the 3 plants i ordered are a,venus fly trap,sundew plant,pitcher plant.all of these plants are obout three inches big maybe a little bigger and are healthy.i am a noob at this so please help me out i have been researching alot on this site :)i just want to no some tips for a noob like do all the plants need direct sunlight?also i am getting Long Fibered Sphagnum Moss is that good enough for them to grow in?and one more thing how will i no to put them in a bigger pot?thanks so much i realy appreciate it and i will add you as a friend and help you if i can :)
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About a month ago I bought a Venus Flytrap. I have been feeding it every ten days. It now has ten mouths and I have to move it to a bigger pot. Does anyone know if I should feed it more often now?
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The reason i think we collect carnivorous plants is because we want what we can't have or want to admire to the fullest extent. Like cps we collect them to have them around us because we think they are DIFFERENT, UNIQUE, ONE OF A KIND and other plants just don't have that look or ability. so we try to make a habitat for them or make sure their water is right. All this effort is to keep our plant healthy and to keep on growing because we think they have a purpose in the earth evolutionary life so we want them to be like they were when they were first  found by explorers. perfect and aww droping looks so people as being people don't want to go to Borneo or Sumatra ECT we start to grow them and distribute them around the world so this beauty can be admired by many other people so we think back were did this plant come from. We see the other plants maybe of the same one and want to grow your plant the same or better and so we start wanting more knowing the self accomplishment we feel when they trap a bug or bloom. And to know that we have grown the plant the same as mother nature would in a remote spot in Borneo. And to be just a slave to the plant (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) making that dream plant always a year away. OR you just liked it and felt like having it around>!! :)
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In new to carnivorous plants and i was wondering if the following terrarium setup is okay till summer. Setup: sphagnum moss  wood(not treated) to elevate plants up to light 1 t8 5000K "natural light" Phillips fluorescent bulb 20 gallon tank rainsoft reverse osmosis water no fertillizer Plants:     Drosera Binata 2 Venus fly trap Sarracenia purpurea  sarracenia rubra   sarracenia Leucophyll x "Wilissii" Although im new i've researched CPs pretty well, most are Lowe's plants, 3 are ordered by Bug Biting plants. Plants are okay i bought them a 2 days ago in their "death cubes" Here are some pics 
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 ok its going well nothings sprouted but thats going to take time but the biodome that i set up is okay i started by buying a kit that had mixed verities im seeding them there and i plan on transplanting um into a tank awsome right? so i have some seedlings there almost an inch tall doing well
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Hi, So there I was minding my own business buying groceries a week ago when I spotted a funny display of VFTs, having always wanted one I bought a plant. And as my luck would have it the pot has one big plan and a smaller one.  Being a student whose university was on strike (it ended early this week) I did a little research and found this site and learned all there is to know. The water issue hasn't been a problem since its been raining so I just put a jar outside to collect the water. And during the summer I'll take water from the chem lab as I need it. As soon as I got home I also did as everyone has done with their first fly trap: feed it. Since the one time, the pants have done well for themselves catching a few spiders which just fit in the traps. Now if only the sun would come out...
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can someone help me I have a Lanceleaf  Sundew and it has been sad, i got it from the mail 2 days ago at first it was happy now not.. it has been windy outside and i let it out side. Its apx.50 deegrees right now
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12-22-10 I started to "feed" my Nepenthes ventricosa, sanguinea, and veitchii coffee, and I'm just waiting to see some results.:)  1-5-11 I "feed" my Nepenthes coffee again, and since I first gave it, the new leaf is starting to grow bigger than the rest of the leaves on my plants, but so far I've only seen this on my Nepenthes ventricosa, I hope it works on the others. Wish me luck! 1-27-11 Bigger pitcher and leaves grew! My Nepenthes look very healthy! Especially my Nepenthes sanguinea, because when I first got it, it's leaves and pitchers were small, but now it leaves are twice as big!
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I'm starting my blog for CPs!    For Christmas I got 40 FTS Venus Fly Trap seeds, A germination rig wit a heat mat, water tray, 72 cell seed tray, and dome, a T5 rig with a light stand, T5 fixture, and T5 grow bulb. I sowed the seeds on the 26th of December and will give updates.   I also have [100] Drosera Binata seeds and [100] Drosera Binata 'Marston's Dragon' in the 3rd week of Cold Stratification out of 5. I will give updates on that too!  -I bought the seeds from user Oblivion Lastly I also got [100] Drosera Intermedia 'Cuba' seeds won in a contest run by HarrisAz and they are ZipLocked in the fridge for later use.   Feel free to comment!
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This is my first blog so far. I have 3 VFTs - 1 Typical, 1 Dente(that's what it was labeled, I'm pretty sure it's a cupped though.....), and 1 Akai Ryu that I am pretty sure came dead. It was crushed and I potted it and it won't grow(dangit!). I am also receiving some Drosera Intermedia 'Cuba' seeds (40-70) in a couple weeks and can't wait to grow my first CPs from seed. I'll keep you updated on the Drosera!
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Hey, I was wondering when it's spring or summer can I just leave my venus fly trap outside the whole day or should I bring it inside after a while. Also if it starts to rain should I leave it outside? And 1 more thing, I want to buy the "Vigorous" venus fly trap but what does it mean by soiled or bareroot? I DON'T UNDERSTAAAND WAAAAH!!!
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I am currently working on a new experiment. I hate to day this other than that I had to do it, but I had to really weaken my Nepenthes Truncata, in order to conduct this experiment. But I hope that it will be all worth it .  My reasoning for doing this is because I wanna know how fast a Nepenthes can recover from "shock" if given immediately to direct sunlight. Other's might have done this before but I wanna see what the results are for my living environment.  
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i got my fly trap just today and wood like to know when it opens its traps and does not catch something  shouled i feed it    . i gave  it some of the spiders around the house but shoued i do this every time it opens or let it do its thing if so how much does each trap eat a week next how much water each day. i plan uesing rain water is this the beast way to go i thought it wood as i think my tap water is proccesed water and next i got my one in a small pot and the plant its self is small but shouled i put it in a biger pot if so how big    thanks for the help in addvance
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I named my venus flytrap "Ronald" and he is looking good, seeing as i just tranfered him and he is in root shock. He ate a fly just the other day, since he is a baby I am surprised to see him even be able to fit something that big into his mouth. I never knew that a Venus flytrap  could be so interesting untill I got one! I have read the three main articles on the home page and they are very helpful.
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So I am a venis flytrap newbie. I just got my venis flytrap and its looking pretty good so far. Its still a baby and I water it every day with distilled water. I put it in the backyard for about 5 hours a day and then bring it inside and keep it at my window sill so it gets light for the rest of it. I am looking forward to it getting bigger
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These Next Few Weeks will be an experiment in this lighting Catagory originally developed by NASA in Their research for long term Space Exploration and the creation of food rather than the hefty weight of bringin food along on the Voyage. Steve Doonan rekindled My interest in these in a thread in which He showed His set up.  I wasn't too suprised by the price tag, but out of reach for Me.  In a later post, He posted links of some alternative Companies and for the Money, I settled on Sunshine Systems and a specific product of Theirs called 'Glow-light 45.'  I researched some reviews on this product, and They seemed most favorable, so I ordered 3 units for one of My wire grow shelfs. Under these Alien looking lights, I put freshly explanted VFT'S (out of Vitro to harden), some adult VFT'S, some Droseras and Ping plantings. I will post Weekly on What I'm seeing.
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Hello, My name is Gary Gipson and I'm addicted to this site.DISCLAIMER: If You read all of the below, I guarantee that 5 minutes Of Your Life will go by un-enriched. Side affects May include a feeling of emptiness and/or regret.I live in Garden City, Kansas and have all of My 45 years. It is about an hour West of Dodge City. I was number 5 of 8 Children in the 60's. All in all I had a happy, normal Childhood of G.I. Joes, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, shooting T.V. Vacuum tubes and single 45 records with B.B. Guns, Lionel Train sets and wrecking havock Outside with the Neighbor kids well into the Night playing escape from Stalag 13 or 'Hogan's Heros.' Our backyard was the perfect P.O.W. camp, being fenced in wood completely. It was complete with guard tower, which was a playhouse on stilts that My folks built for My Sisters, but We commandeered. We had plastic M-16's strapped to Our backs all of the time. I also remember playing Cops and Robbers on Our bicycles in which One kid would be trying to get away from a robbery and the cop would have to ram His bike into the perp's bike on a high speed chase until We bothed ended up crashing. By the end of the Day, We would be pretty banged up. At this time, I would enjoy the smooth, full bodied flavor of a candy cigarette from a pack rolled up in My sleeves, because I was Cool.I think I was 12 when I ordered My first Venus Flytrap from the back of an Archie comic book. That and a hand buzzer, sneezing powder, a magic trick and a few other things. I wasn't gullible enough to fall for the x-ray glasses, though. The 6 to 8 weeks by Mail was painful and the dehydrated raisen They called a Venus Flytrap looked nothing like the picture. No instructions, so I planted it in regular dirt, watered from tap and, of course, it never grew, but rather mulched into the soil quite nicely. Most of the other items I ordered were dissapointing, too, including the 'Sea Monkeys.'I was 14 when My Parents Divorced, as alot of People did in the 70's inspired by the Women's movement, the '9-5' movie, and that 'D.I.V.O.R.C.E. song by Tammy Wynette; You know; the all Men are Pigs conspiracy and I'm going to start wearing Blue Jeans, too. My Mother fell victim to this 'grass is greener' concept, left My Dad, re-married a couple of years later. They both worked full time at Real Estate so Alas, the 'Latch key' Child is minted. I lived on Mustard Sandwiches, Mac and Cheese, Pepsi, Doritos, and Atari.Fortunately, My Step Family was great, especially My new Step Grandmother, and when I was old enough to drive, I would drive Her to Her Rock Club Meetings. The meetings didn't last long so I started attending them and in short order, became a member. I was 16 and everyone else was in their 60's on up.They were rock hounds, and I, the young Newcomer, was dubbed a 'Pebble Pup.' This Teen's new best friends were all much My Senior, and We all enjoyed each others company immensely; We would cut and polish agates, geodes and such; it was wonderful. I learned the art of empathy to any and all ailments they suffered and eagerly wanted to share in conversation with Me.One Day the club had a show and tell, and they brought and proudly showed off Their hand fashioned silver jewelry with the accompanying stones they had cut and polished. I was fascinated by this; not by the 'Slim Whitman' bolo ties so much, but by the workmanship involved. I learned of a Silversmithing class at the Junior College, so signed up and that was the beginning of what has been a life long career. My Parents co-signed a 2,500.00 loan for some hand tools and casting equipment and I made jewelry out of the garage. Not too many People know what they want to do with their lives at the age of 18, but I knew for sure that some Day I would own a full service jewelry store.Later, I married and had an existing Job of working on office equipment; IBM typewriters, copiers, time clocks and such. I inherited 3 children in the marriage, so I turned My hobby of making jewelry into some part time Money. I hit the pawn shops and offered to repair and refurbish their worn jewelry and make it look brand new and I got a good start from that. I worked off of 2 folding tables in a spare room in Our modest home; in the basement with a cranky hot water heater for company. I would repair office equipment in the day, and work long hours into the night designing and manufacturing jewelry, repairing, etc.; did that for 15 Years. A spare room upstairs was the showroom and I was by appointment only. Most everything I know was self taught from then on out, and what a steep learning curve.At My Day job, I got tired of training what would be My Supervisors at My regular job, and when I found out a fellow technician I trained was making $2 more an hour than Me, gave My 2 months notice and struck out on My own. In March of 1998, Gipson Diamond Jewelers was born, starting with $2,000.00 Capital, equipment, a short clientel list and a Prayer. I remember how genuinly scared I was, but also how Alive I felt; it was exhilerating! We have weathered some tough times, nearly going out of business twice but We prevailed because We had to; there was no way I was going back to repairing office equipment. No bail out for Me; if I was going to make it, it would be up to Me and My Wife and Kids for their help and support.12 Years later, We are successful and have become the buzz word for Western Kansas as the 'go to' place for Custom Jewelry. Nothing is too hard and We treat a watch battery Customer the same as Our best Clients. People of all walks feel comfortable in Our store as I can relate to them having lived Myself from paycheck to paycheck for 1/2 of My Adult Life. I realize We make Our Money from the graces of Our Clients.We can and have made Jewelry that I would put up against anything You see in New York. I never get tired of designing and creating a Bridal set that I know will be worn (and last) for a Generation or two; to be such an important part of such a major milestone in Someone's lives is very touching. My Son, Jason whom has worked with Me since He was 7 and is now 22, is instrumental for Our continued success in these hard times. We are competing with no less than 4 other Jewelry stores in a town of 30,000. That's not including the Mall Jewelry Stores; I don't consider them competition. They are merely a showcase for shoddily made Jewelry bought from the lowest bidder to give them the highest mark-up on their sh. . . stuff. We are holding Our own, because; well, We are Cool! (lol).I know the last two above paragraps reads as a shamless plug for Our store http://www.gipsondj.com but I assure You that it is, instead, a very proud achievement and something I am very proud of. (Open Tuesdays thru Saturdays; 9:30 to 5:30 ) It is My wish that Everyone Whom applies Themselves can someday see for Themselves, a dream come true. A dream (25% off all Citizen Watches) realized by the sweat of Your brow, the Tenacity to see it through ( Watch batteries, Crystal and Crown replacement while You wait ) and the Courage to see problems as a Welcomed challenge that simply needs to be picked apart and resolved.DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO AND IT IS MUCH EASIER TO APPLY YOURSELF TO THAT COMMITMENT!Thank You for Your time. Gary
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   Today me and my family went to the open house (free roaming under DNR Ranger watch) at Pinhook Bog, Indiana. It was a small parking lot in the middle of nowhere and you could barely  see it passing by. This was our second time going there so i was prepared with tape measure, 2 cameras, 2 log books, and my own bare hands! First, at the entrance to the trail a Ranger told us about how it formed. He also said that a blueberry farm used the bog till it was bought by the National Park Service and the blueberries are still there. After his speech, we headed down the poison ivy covered trail. 
   We went down the winding trail down the hill. We went through a a mangled gate to the bog. It is very cool, there is a plastic pontoon boardwalk with all this sphagnum moss bunching up and over the sides about a foot high. When you walk the only thing supporting you is the the moss and water so the moss makes little waves like when you throw a rock into the water. The first thing you see on the board walk are pond plants then you start seeing orchids. You keep walking and a minute or not even you come across the first pitcher plants. These ones at the beginning are under the blueberry bushes so the are all green and spindly. They didn't have as many divisions too. Then you go down straight on the boardwalk. There is a hole in the bog where there is no tamarack or blueberry bush filtering the light. Here you would start to see HUGE pitcher plants sometimes over a foot! There were also many sundews here. An older couple were asking what stuff was. My dad said I knew it and I showed of my smarts and showed where the plants were and what they're called.  When I went to look at a colony of sundews I notice that one of them had actually caught a fly and it was still struggling. There was also big pool of water in the area so there was A LOT of bladderworts. 
       We then met a very nice Ranger named, Zach that told us a little more about the bog and what the poison sumac looked like. We followed the way down with orchids, pitcher plants and sundews at our sides to the end of the board walk. Then I asked him about the possibility of a different species of bladderwort because the last time I was there I saw it and ID-ed a couple Horned Bladderwort about 10 feet away and it wasn't on the species list at Pinhook Bog. So I did some more research to hopefully prove my case. At first he looked through his binoculars and said I found the Yellow-Fringed orchid and that he has never seen them before. Then he said alright, I'll look in my book to see if it's in there. It was there and he was wrong so congratulated me on finding another species! That was one of the happiest times in my life. He then said he could try to hook me up with a botanist and come back!               He eventually headed back down the trail, I took some more pictures too, but some poison sumac touched my head and my arm in the process of a good picture. We had to leave early cause my brother and mom were hungry and I was 2:40 and I wasn't hungry till dinner. We went up the winding trail and to the end of my adventure.
                                                                    
Sarracenia purpurea

Sarracenia purpurea
Drosera rotundifolia, small and green under a bush

Cypripedium acaule (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Utricularia geminiscapa

Sarracenia purpurea

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hello matt im new here so you have to help me out ,and remember those seeds you where selling to yudelsi yeah im her son and i got them and i hope they germinate:D
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