A while back I started a flower stalk on my VFT and it took root and is growing nicely. On closer inspection, it has 2-3 mutations- double/split traps, and such. (Too small to get a good picture).
Anyway, today I looked at the parent plant and noticed this (attached).
Worth a discussion, I thought. Are mutations in VFTs really common? Are they environment influenced?
Also procured a nice 1x2' terrarium to which I'm going to re-pot my VFT this spring (there are at least 4-5 rosettes in the same pot, time to have the kids move out... hehe.) From what I've read, I can: 1. Use a CCFL for light, adjusting the photoperiod as necessary. 2. Line the bottom with 1-2" of landscape bark for drainage 3. Cover with a good layer of flytrap media. 4. Add an adjustable cover to keep the humidity right.
What I've done up till now for other pots is 50/50 dead milled peat moss (plenty 'o that, we use it for horse bedding) , and washed silica sand, without perlite. (Reason for that is all I've been able to find is the "enriched" miracle-gro crap) Is that sufficient, or should I really look at getting some for my potting mix?
I'd also like to add more CPs to my collection - a few VFTs, possibly some sundews and pitcher plants. Can they coexist well under the same conditions in a terrarium? Also, roughly how many plants can I put in that space, allowing room for them to grow without having to re-pot every year?
Interesting that they're so uncommon... and to think that the stalk I planted from this parent also has similar mutations... *Cha-Ching*! (just kidding!)
Got two more flower stalks sitting in some planting medium right now; kept moist and lots of light.
Out of curiosity, what's the success rate for planting flower stalks? I've had 3-4 before this one that just didn't work for me. Perhaps I'm cutting them off too high?
That said, it's pretty quick to tell if they take or not- if they don't, the entire stalk turns brown and dies... if they take, only the top part dies and the rest turns a deep green... then some time later you'll see sprouts!