Stevie has a D. Binata, if I remember right - in which case the flower might be self-fertile if it's the Coromandel, New Zealand form. Source: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/seedba ... binata.htm
I found this - "Like most Drosera, you can leave the flowers on Drosera binata without much if any set back. In my experience the T form of binata does not self pollenate (neither on it's own or with your help). Drosera binata propagate so readily by root and leaf cuttings that you're not missing out on anything by not being able to collect seed." Source: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load ... 28931.html
miacps wrote:By the way, the "flowering weakens flytraps" thing is not entirely accurate. If your flytrap is already healthy, flowering should have no ill effect on it.
True. The proverbial "they" say to cut off the stalks for two main reasons as far as I understand...
1. Bigger traps if you cut the flower stalk.
2. Most newbies have weak VFT's and in such a state, using their energy to create a flower saps too much of their already-sapped strength and they never recover.