FlytrapCare Carnivorous Plant Forums

Sponsored by FlytrapStore.com

Ask questions about how to grow and care for Venus Flytraps

Moderator: Matt

By Soheil
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 am
#350890
Hey guys.
I have had this plant for half year now. I've it was mostly green and healthy. But recently it has turned yellowish and the leaves are turning black from sides, even new, healthy and big traps. It has has been happening for about a month now. It was healthy all through the winter. I put it under purple light for the light about 10h a day (my city gets low sunlight) and I put a small cup of distilled water (I got it from a lab supplement store) under it
It is growing new traps, but they have become smaller. It's freaking me out and I found nothing on the internet.
I have some theories though. Recently I've seen some little flys and their larvae on its soil. I have some diazinon, shall I use it??
Or if the pests aren't the reason, what is the reason. Please help me. I don't want to lose it.
Attachments:
The blackness spreads from the sides
The blackness spreads from the sides
IMG_20200329_160539_007.jpg (246.12 KiB) Viewed 579 times
These are the larvae
These are the larvae
IMG_20200329_160539_716.jpg (196.88 KiB) Viewed 579 times
User avatar
By sanguinearocks101
Posts:  757
Joined:  Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:56 am
#350899
Did you let the flytrap go dormant? They need a dormancy period each year to stay healthy in the long run. Those bugs look like springtails to me but I am not sure. Springtails are pretty much harmless to plants. Have you been feeding them things like slugs? Those will kill the trap I think. Also each trap can close around 5 times before it dies.
User avatar
By Joeynator3000
Location: 
Posts:  102
Joined:  Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:33 pm
#350902
If these tiny bugs are seen jumping around like fleas, then yeah those are springtails. My flytrap has them as well, for the most part they are harmless, depends on the plant's size I think.
User avatar
By Matt
Location: 
Posts:  20961
Joined:  Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:28 pm
#350915
Hello and welcome to FlytrapCare!

The color of your flytrap 4doesn't look healthy, but it certainly doesn't' look all that bad either.
Soheil wrote:Recently I've seen some little flys and their larvae on its soil. I have some diazinon, shall I use it??
Or if the pests aren't the reason, what is the reason.
I see no sign of pests, so that's not the issue.

Soheil wrote:I put it under purple light for the light about 10h a day (my city gets low sunlight)
I don't know what "purple light" is but that could be why the plant's color looks off. Where do you live? Even "low sunlight" is better than any artificial light that flytraps can be given.

sanguinearocks101 wrote:Did you let the flytrap go dormant?
That is a good question. It does look like a flytrap that has been growing for a long time without a chance to go dormant.


Another thought that came to mind: What kind of soil is it potted in? It looks like it could be getting mineral burn.
By Soheil
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 am
#350939
sanguinearocks101 wrote: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:06 pm Did you let the flytrap go dormant? They need a dormancy period each year to stay healthy in the long run. Those bugs look like springtails to me but I am not sure. Springtails are pretty much harmless to plants. Have you been feeding them things like slugs? Those will kill the trap I think. Also each trap can close around 5 times before it dies.
Well, the dormancy occurs in winter and after the first year, that's what I was told. This is its first year and it was healthy during the winter, so I'm sure it's not dormancy. I haven't fed it anything, I put it next to other plants and it catches their pests and flies. The blackening traps have never been fed and are around 1 month old, so it's unusual for them to die. Idk what's happening to it. The rhisome is fine though. I hope it's just a phase.
By Soheil
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 am
#350940
Joeynator3000 wrote: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:18 pm If these tiny bugs are seen jumping around like fleas, then yeah those are springtails. My flytrap has them as well, for the most part they are harmless, depends on the plant's size I think.
No, they don't jump around. They're larvae of a fly-like insect we have around all our house plants. Idk what the insect is, so I can't search anywhere for solution. They haven't harmed other house plants, but I think they're harming my venus.
By Soheil
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 am
#350941
Matt wrote: Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:55 pm Hello and welcome to FlytrapCare!

The color of your flytrap 4doesn't look healthy, but it certainly doesn't' look all that bad either.
Soheil wrote:Recently I've seen some little flys and their larvae on its soil. I have some diazinon, shall I use it??
Or if the pests aren't the reason, what is the reason.
I see no sign of pests, so that's not the issue.

Soheil wrote:I put it under purple light for the light about 10h a day (my city gets low sunlight)
I don't know what "purple light" is but that could be why the plant's color looks off. Where do you live? Even "low sunlight" is better than any artificial light that flytraps can be given.

sanguinearocks101 wrote:Did you let the flytrap go dormant?
That is a good question. It does look like a flytrap that has been growing for a long time without a chance to go dormant.


Another thought that came to mind: What kind of soil is it potted in? It looks like it could be getting mineral burn.
I live in Tabriz, Iran. Here, except for summer, weather is mostly chill and the sky is cloudy. So I bought, what I was told, was a "growth light". I have a picture here.
I was told it's not necessary for the plant to go dormant during its first year and mine is not even a year old.
The soil is a the one for carnivorous plants. It has been in that soil for half a year now, but the black spots are recent. And the water, as I said, is pure water. I have been cautious to not give it any minerals.
The rhisome is fine, white and healthy. It was fine until now. I hope it's just a phase.
Attachments:
The purple light
The purple light
IMG_20200329_160538_969.jpg (206.53 KiB) Viewed 512 times
User avatar
By Matt
Location: 
Posts:  20961
Joined:  Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:28 pm
#350950
Soheil wrote:I live in Tabriz, Iran.
I took a look at your weather and it is plenty warm and sunny for a flytrap, assuming you have a location to grow outdoors. Outdoor growing is almost mandatory for Venus flytraps. They can do well indoors over the short term, but always eventually have issues if grown indoors long enough.
By Soheil
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 am
#350954
Matt wrote: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:56 pm
Soheil wrote:I live in Tabriz, Iran.
I took a look at your weather and it is plenty warm and sunny for a flytrap, assuming you have a location to grow outdoors. Outdoor growing is almost mandatory for Venus flytraps. They can do well indoors over the short term, but always eventually have issues if grown indoors long enough.
Ok, I'll try it. Thanks a lot
By tommyr
Posts:  1478
Joined:  Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am
#351016
If it's larvae in the soil buy a package of "Mosquito dunks" at the garden center. Put one quarter of one in your watering can. OR a small chunk in the water tray. This will kill the larvae in the soil and stop future generations. It is all natural and safe. But give it some time to work. Use sticky traps and manually kill the adults.

We have a small Lowii that looks great except for […]

The more sunlight, the deeper the colors and the r[…]

Hiya! I havent been on this forum in a very long w[…]

What other plants do you grow?

Living in an apartment places some serious restric[…]

Just gonna point out that @nepenthes0260's helis a[…]

On The Adaptive Value Of Mutations

We humans drive adaptation on our own, we have bee[…]

HUGE red wasp -- busted!

Brown recluse spiders are more afraid of us than w[…]

BLACK Sarracenia!

some updates, this is S. flava var. rubricorpora '[…]

Support the community - Shop at FlytrapStore.com!