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By tommyr
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Cross wrote:Hi, new to vfts. When do they typically start growing a flower stalk? I have a few typicals from Lowe's, and a jaws from FTC. Thanks. I also just noticed that trap is turning green. Can I clip it and plant it?Image
Where are you located? In the northern hemisphere spring is when they start throwing up flower stalks. Leaves are typically pulled carefully off the rhizome during re-potting in late winter/early spring. You need a little white at the end tip for it to take.
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By Cross
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tommyr wrote:
Cross wrote:Hi, new to vfts. When do they typically start growing a flower stalk? I have a few typicals from Lowe's, and a jaws from FTC. Thanks. I also just noticed that trap is turning green. Can I clip it and plant it?Image
Where are you located? In the northern hemisphere spring is when they start throwing up flower stalks. Leaves are typically pulled carefully off the rhizome during re-potting in late winter/early spring. You need a little white at the end tip for it to take.
I'm in pennsylvania. Hopefully mine will flower and I can transplant it. I was afraid to pull off a bit of the white, I thought it would damage the rhizome.

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By tommyr
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Cross wrote:
tommyr wrote:
Cross wrote:Hi, new to vfts. When do they typically start growing a flower stalk? I have a few typicals from Lowe's, and a jaws from FTC. Thanks. I also just noticed that trap is turning green. Can I clip it and plant it?Image
Where are you located? In the northern hemisphere spring is when they start throwing up flower stalks. Leaves are typically pulled carefully off the rhizome during re-potting in late winter/early spring. You need a little white at the end tip for it to take.
I'm in pennsylvania. Hopefully mine will flower and I can transplant it. I was afraid to pull off a bit of the white, I thought it would damage the rhizome.
Well it's supposed to be going dormant right now. It needs 3-4 months of dormancy.
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By Cross
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tommyr wrote:
Cross wrote:
tommyr wrote: Where are you located? In the northern hemisphere spring is when they start throwing up flower stalks. Leaves are typically pulled carefully off the rhizome during re-potting in late winter/early spring. You need a little white at the end tip for it to take.
I'm in pennsylvania. Hopefully mine will flower and I can transplant it. I was afraid to pull off a bit of the white, I thought it would damage the rhizome.
Well it's supposed to be going dormant right now. It needs 3-4 months of dormancy.
Yes, I've brought them in for dormancy. I have a light on them because unfortunately, all of my windows where I could put them have overhangs. They wouldn't actually get sunlight. I'm hoping in spring that my jaws will have divided. I want to set aside one plant to keep as a flowering plant to give to the seed bank. I think I'll try to pull that one trap and grow up. I hope.

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By Doublebass1985
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They should be coming out of dormancy now when spring is coming around. I wouldn't put them in dormancy now in a month temperatures outside will be easily 60-70s depending where u live though. Dormancy is only for late fall and winter these are the bears of the plant kingdom. As to answer the OT I've cut stems pretty much as soon as I see them. Generally I don't let them get more than an inch or so in heighth and I've had 100% success with getting a strike everytime. never mind I didn't notice that comment was back in november
By Benny
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I was wondering if you need rooting hormone for the stalks. And I am geussing long fibered sphagnum moss ok for it? And for rhizome division, does it help to put a little hormone on them as well?
Thanks,
By Copper2
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Benny wrote:I was wondering if you need rooting hormone for the stalks. And I am geussing long fibered sphagnum moss ok for it? And for rhizome division, does it help to put a little hormone on them as well?
Thanks,
I don’t know about stalk cuttings but rooting powder won’t help a plant divide.
By lilshophorror
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I didn't know about cutting the stalk until after it grew and bloomed. The problem is that my plan is healthy but the traps stayed very extremely small. I have since cut the stalk (not knowing I could replant it until now that I read your thread), but the traps still remain super small. I actually have a sister plant from the same flower but also has super small traps. Besides the traps being tiny, the plant is super healthy and traps tinged red. Any suggestions for getting the traps larger?
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By Panman
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I think you will just need to give it time to grow up. You can try feeding it regularly. It isn't necessary but will help the plant to grow faster.
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By davinstewart
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I agree. The easiest way to increase a vft's growth is to feed it regularly. You should aim for having one trap digesting prey at all times. You can amend that with 1/4 strength maxsea applied to the foliage with a cotton swab. Avoid getting the fertilizer solution on the soil since that could make its way to the roots and damage them in addition to encouraging carpet moss and other annoyances.

I'd avoid feeding your plants as they go into dormancy though. That's actually one way to avoid dormancy altogether. Not recommended for most growers.

Another way to stimulate growth is to repot annually in the early spring right before they break dormancy. Venus flytraps respond very strongly to fresh soil and will put on a flush of strong, large leaves as a result. You can tell a repotting is overdue when the plants are putting out lots of smaller leaves and are producing lots of bulb divisions instead of focusing their energy on large, beautiful traps.

Hope that helps!
Panman wrote:I think you will just need to give it time to grow up. You can try feeding it regularly. It isn't necessary but will help the plant to grow faster.

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