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Moving vft

by Snap Traps » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:58 am

This video shows that the vft grows away from its original position. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9NBPXA- ... ure=relmfu

Why is it doing it? So far my most reasonable guess is that it's leaning towards the light. However, I do not see the leaves all trying to face one direction. Weird...
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Re: Moving vft

by Steve_D » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:40 pm

The center of a Venus Flytrap's rosette tends to move to one side as successive leaves bury themselves a little deeper into the soil and new leaves emerge from the tissue at the base of these new leaves. Leaves generally stop growing from the oldest tissue underground, the base of the dead leaves that formed the old rosette, unless a new small division and new growing rosette begins to form from some of the older rhizome tissue, in which case the Venus Flytrap will have two or more growing crowns, the center of each of which will continue to move as newer, larger, deeper leaves develop to one side of the rosette.

In addition, the center of the growing rosette is offset by a flowerstalk when the plant blooms. The flowerstalk is the terminal growth of the rosette of a mature Venus Flytrap, and after it is produced, and typically after a stall in growth of several weeks, a completely new growing rosette begins to grow to one side of the stalk or plant, and as it produces successive leaves, its growing rosette will also move, perhaps up to a couple inches or more if it is a mature plant, before it produces its own flowerstalk the next season.

At some point, the rhizome tissue that connects the various new growing rosettes (the various divisions) dies, leaving individual plants in a clump that all originated from a single parent plant.

Yes, Venus Flytraps can and do move sideways. Sometimes those in pots, which were carefully centered or placed when planted, end up at the side of the pot pressing against the edges before one transplants and carefully recenters the plant again. :)

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Re: Moving vft

by Snap Traps » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:45 am

Thanks for the informative answer Steve. :) I just wanted to ask that why one of my plant seem sort of "afraid" to produce leaf to one side. There is a big clump of leaves on one side but none on the opposite side. Sorry that it's hard to understand
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