Hello Geoff. Thank you for posting an update about VFT "Patches." I still wouldn't have one myself, but it's interesting to know that seedlings of the plants are growing with the same characteristics.
One thing that worries me is the appearance over the last several years of quite a few patchy or spotty Venus Flytraps (at least 5 or 6 the last time I checked, about a year ago) mostly in Europe, that people have given various names to, but all look (to me) to be possibly infected with the same virus. I ask myself why these unusual blotchy-colored Venus Flytraps are showing up so often now from different sources. The most logical thing that comes to mind is that it's a virus that is being transmitted in people's private collections of Venus Flytraps as the spotted or patchy plants are traded or bought. I'm guessing the virus is transmitted by the human cultivators (using scissors to trim the plants' leaves, for example) or by insects.
So although I think "Patches" is a very interesting plant and attractively colored, I personally would still avoid it and other similarly blotchy Venus Flytraps.
If "Patches" is still around in 10 years and the blotchy Venus Flytrap epidemic (
) has not increased in quantity of plants infected (I mean, many plants which also have this "unique" coloration and patterns), then I might get one. In the meantime, I'm glad it's other people and not me who are doing the experimentation. I've already dealt with plant viruses twice before and had to let a lot of plants die, and I'm not a big fan of having to sterilize cutting instruments each and every time they're used, between trimming each of thousands of Venus Flytraps.
I'm not trying to be antagonistic, and these are just one person's comments, that's all.