I desperately need help here guys. I’m getting really frustrated with my VFTs and have no idea what’s causing this or what I should do next.
I have 4 plants...3 were purchased through this site and 1 was a normal run of the mill VFT from WalMart. My traps are turning black and while I know this can be a normal occurrence, I think it’s happening more than it should be.
I’ve had these plants for about a month now, ordering them a few days apart from one another. At first, I kept them in the long fiber sphagnum moss (LFSM) that they came in...I would just take the moss out of the cup and put it in my own planter and surround it with more LFSM. About 2 weeks ago, I started developing algae in the LFSM. I was removing the top layer of moss to get rid of the algae but it always seemed to continue to develop the next day. So I decided to remove all the moss and start over fresh. For each plant, I removed everything and got down to the bare plant and roots. I then followed Leah’s planting video with the “double taco” technique. For a few days everything was good. I was keeping the plants outside in several hours of sunlight. The LFSM got very dry so I watered each plant using the tray method. Now that’s it’s a few days later, I’m back to where I was...but instead of just algae, now I have algae with several black traps and NONE of my traps will even close...even the green ones. I just tried feeding with a fly and none of the traps on any of my plants will close when I try tripping them. It seemed like I couldn’t find a happy balance. I was told the algae came from too much water, but then when I stopped watering, my planters got so dry that the LFSM was almost white and could be “crunched”. That’s when I watered through the tray, and then the next day the algae was back.
I’m really lost here...I have 4 plants with blackening traps that seem to be in bad shape surrounded by algae. I don’t know what I did wrong, and I don’t know what to do next. I have a few bricks of LFSM arriving today. I was thinking of starting over and removing all of the current LFSM and replanting each plant in the new stuff so the algae wouldn’t have a chance to spread.
Any suggestions? I’m including pics of my traps. One is a closeup of a new trap that hasn’t even opened yet but is already black. From what I’ve read, this is a sure sign that something is definitely wrong.
Please help me...any suggestions would be welcomed.