- Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:25 am
I think the plant was dormant from December to about May. It just became too red without growing much.
This is how it looked in February 2015 during dormancy.
The plant started growing again on May with several new small divisions but I had to fight with some small insects that looked like gnats. Finally, I gave up LSM and changed to sand + peat media. During repotting, I was shocked by the size of the rhizome. I regret not taking a photo. It has just put out 3 nice traps that are about 3.4cm (=1.33 inches) in size.
Interestingly, it looks like the number of trigger hairs have increased. One trap had 5 trigger hairs on each side. The other traps had 4 on one side and 5 on the other side.
The previous photos that are months ago showed three on one side and rarely four hairs on the other side.
I am assuming that the number of trigger hairs increase as the plant gets bigger or it ages. I will observe future traps to see whether this is true.
The smaller plant below that was divided from the original plant did not have more than normal number of hairs. This smaller plant is putting out bigger traps each time as the original plant did a year ago.
The growth rate is somehow saturated compared to when it was younger. However, I am still hoping that it will grow larger this year. It is still the fastest growing flytrap (without feeding) I have ever seen. The largest trap size that I have grown in my condition up to date is 3.8cm that I saw from an A2. However, this 3.8cm is result of fertilization and 100% humidity. Without fertilization and feeding, this is the biggest trap I have ever seen in my condition. For your background, I grow my plants indoor so they are not naturally fed unless I intentionally try to.
Below is the picture of the parents of this plant back in 2012. DC XL (mother) is in the center and A2 (father) is at the upper right corner.