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First time repotting anything, walk me through the procedure

by toiletshorts » Wed May 15, 2019 7:22 pm

Ok i feel like I'm about to conduct surgery. The multitude of repotting videos I've watched are helpful but my god i am worried for my VFT Cecil.

His potting mix came early which means i can repot him asap, but I'm kinda scared! I don't wanna kill Cecil :'D

Do i need to put gravel/stones underneath the potting mix at the base of the pot first? Halp :')

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Wed May 15, 2019 7:28 pm

No no, not necessary. Wet your soil first. Put it in s bowl and add distilled water. Peat is very hydrophobic for a while. Once it's good and wet, make a hole in the soil and unpot. Then dangle the roots in and carefully set in the rhizome. Push a smidge of dirt around and voila, newly homed Cecil.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Wed May 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Cross, wtf would Cecil and I do without you?!

Will repot him sometime in the week, watch this space.

Also, since getting him I've been leaving him in the sun loads and a couple of his traps have really started to blush! U GO CECIL!

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Wed May 15, 2019 7:33 pm

toiletshorts wrote:Cross, wtf would Cecil and I do without you?!

Will repot him sometime in the week, watch this space.

Also, since getting him I've been leaving him in the sun loads and a couple of his traps have really started to blush! U GO CECIL!

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Lol, someone else would have come along and answered. Make sure you post some pics of Cecil. I love that name for a cp lol.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Thu May 16, 2019 5:44 pm

Also, I've fed Cecil an ant 4 days ago and he closed fully around it, but he seems to be finished with it now? Is this something that happens often? Should i remove the carcass once he opens that trap more? Is this something bad? The closed trap on the right is also digesting another ant i think, just want to make sure this is normal. Never fed a vft before :') having beginner's jitters.Image

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Thu May 16, 2019 5:51 pm

Sometimes they'll be light enough that they'll blow out. It doesn't usually make a difference, unless it's a big carcass. When I feed mine, I'll put the blood worms in and pluck out the carcass. But it typically doesn't hurt it. The traps will only open and close a few times, 3-5.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by oval » Thu May 16, 2019 8:14 pm

My hand isn't steady enough to pick them out without touching trigger hairs, so I just leave them in, usually.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Thu May 16, 2019 8:24 pm

How do i know if he's "eaten" it? Like digested it. I think i read usually it stays closed for 2 weeks while it digests? Cecil had that closed for 4 days. :o

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Thu May 16, 2019 8:26 pm

Two weeks?! Mine don't stay closed for that long.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Thu May 16, 2019 8:28 pm

:o it was just stuff i read online about vfts when i was researching them :'D never fed one so i don't know how to tell if

A) that's true
B) Cecil has in fact "finished eating"
C) the ant was perhaps unsuitable?

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Thu May 16, 2019 8:58 pm

They won't open until done. They just 'know' when. Usually they're just empty husks, like after a spider finishes. It'll be alright though, unless it's taking up the whole trap.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Thu May 16, 2019 8:59 pm

Cool :'D phew! Hope he enjoyed his little snack

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Fri May 17, 2019 5:47 pm

I've done it!!!! Look at his rhizome :o it is bigger than i thought it'd be.

He was wrapped in what looked like bandages when i took him out of his original but hideous pink pot. All mucky and yucky.

He is curly AF btw. The curliest boi. It was hard to position his rhizome into the soil as a result. I did squidge it around in the end and got it to fit. And his roots are so goddamn long! I even saw he was growing new roots as well.

I had to gently dig him out and reposition him a few times because he's so droopy and curly and it was hard to bury his rhizome without burying all of him.

How did i do? :'o

Do i need to try again?

I HOPE HE SURVIVES THE PROCEDURE

What are tell tale signs of success/failure other than the obvious???ImageImageImageImage

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by Cross » Fri May 17, 2019 7:00 pm

I think our curliest thicc boi looks very comfy. He may be starting a divide! Those winter leaves will give way to straight leaves.

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Re: First time repotting anything, walk me through the proce

by toiletshorts » Fri May 17, 2019 9:24 pm

I'm mega paranoid he doesn't survive the repotting but i think that's because I've never actually repotted anything in my life :') watch this space, i will update if i see any signs of life ;)

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