SpeedyKJ wrote:Some of the features Wally has that I think are catching are its low to the ground growth and it seems to hold its coloration even in the hot hot parts of the summer while most of the rest of my VFTs lose lots of their color and it tends to be a clumper
Yeah, I've been growing Wally for a while now and I like the clone a lot. It's an awesome plant and I didn't make that clear before. But as far as I can tell, all of its traits are found in Big Mouth too: excellent coloration, low grower, tendency to clump, etc. And when grown side by side, I can't tell them apart to save my life. For that reason, I decided it wasn't worth having two plants that are indistinguishable being sold under different names. There are more and more named flytraps showing up all the time and many of them look a lot like another already-named flytrap. Unfortunately there is limited time in the day and limited space in my greenhouses. As much as I'd like to propagate and make available every named flytrap, it is an impossibility. I don't immediately rule out growing any flytrap clone nor propagating it, but after growing a particular plant for a while, I make a decision based on my experience with the plant. I've probably seen well over 100 unique flytraps (raised from seed) now that look a lot like Big Mouth and Wally isn't one of the more impressive ones in my opinion. For that reason, I ruled out selling Wally in the FlytrapStore. But again, that's just one person's opinion.
SpeedyKJ wrote:And as someone said above me there have been some Wally's auctioned on eBay for high dollar... I could be mistaken but I think one went for over $300 early this summer
Yeah, I've seen some sell for very high prices. People will pay a lot of money based on good photos and a good description. The original seller of Wally (sam1greenthumb on eBay) does a great job growing plants to impressive sizes and writing a great sales pitch. It's no coincidence that his plants sell for such high dollar prices. He has great plants and is a good salesman.
But is Wally really different enough from Big Mouth to warrant having its own name? Not in my opinion. And is it worth paying $70 or $300 for Wally when you can get a really nice Big Mouth for under $20? I don't think so. I think FlytrapStore will probably sell TC Wally plants to Joel and other vendors to resell and only carry Big Mouth in the store...at least for now. I do have quite a few (a few dozen maybe) Wally flytraps growing out in the greenhouses, so they may show up in very limited quantities in the store or on eBay at some point. Or I may just sell them all to Joel and focus on the many dozens of other flytraps I think are more worthwhile.