ChefDean wrote: ↑Sat Oct 07, 2023 10:34 pm
Well, sorry to say, but it looks like there's a few issues here.
First, triggering the traps is usually not an issue. Here, it might be, for the reasons below. It would only be a small contribution, but compounded with others, it all adds up.
Next, modern glass filters sunlight to the extent that a windowsill is insufficient for its light needs. Flytraps need direct, unfiltered sunlight or very strong artificial lighting. In fact, theyll get better light outside on a cloudy day than on a windowsill that gets twelve hours of sun. So your plant has slowly been dying, and the stress of a repot is exasperating that.
Last, that media looks to be strikes two, three, and four. Biohumus, green waste compost, and organic matter are all nutrient rich ingredients in a media that is being wrongly marketed as a good choice for plants that need a low to no nutrient media.
The dry sphagnum for terrariums might be the best choice as they're usually free of fertilizers, just make sure they're not dyed and you should be good.
I'd repot into sphagnum moss or a peat/perlite blend as quickly as possible.
If you wouldn't mind, I would like your advice again
I have repotted the VF in some sphagnum, but it's still dying. I have brought the grow light to my windowsill in addition to the sun, and judging by my other trap, it appears to be at least "sufficient", as it's now growing normal traps and started growing leaves that are a bit smaller, but not enough for the traps to turn red.
Yet my plant is still dying, there are only about 3 half leaves still green. Idk if the plant didn't have enough energy left to establish its roots again or if I overwatered it. It took a while for me to tell how much water the sphagnum holds and I accidentally soaked it. I haven't watered the pot in a week and a half, hoping for it to dry. It's still kind of wet, but appears to be better. Could I have given it root or rhizome rot? I'm a bit hesitant to pull it out to check, as I'm afraid I will just finish it off.
What do you think is the problem, and if it's even worth it trying to save it or is it too late?
If it's necessary, I can pull it out and send a photo of the rhizome