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By Emmakaye
Posts:  5
Joined:  Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:33 pm
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I repotted my fly trap I got yesterday in chunky coconut coir and perlite. But I think I possibly killed it? I was a little “rough” rep-potting it just because I accidentally touched all the traps. Will they open soon after the shock.
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By steve booth
Posts:  878
Joined:  Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:15 am
#372181
Repotting often shocks a plant, it's just something that doesn't happen naturally. You can minimise the shock by not removing the existing medium around the roots, which if the plant is in its growing phase, is desirable so the plant doesn't have to redirect its resources.

Judging by the label in the first picture (a nice looking plant there by the way) I assume you are in Australia in which case you are in the growing season, which again is not an ideal time to repot if you are exposing the roots.

The medium also seems dry for a growing plant's requirements. You say it's a coir medium, did you test it to see if it was OK? some coir can carry salt. Other than that do you intend to keep it indoors or outdoors?

In theory, keep it wet and in good conditions, it will recover, but in answer to your question yes you have shocked the plant.

Cheers
Steve
By Emmakaye
Posts:  5
Joined:  Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:33 pm
#372183
Thank you
I couldn’t get any spahgnum moss anywhere so I should’ve kept it in the same pot... hopefully it gets better the soil is pretty damp as I been watering it with distilled water from the top as well the soil was wet when I repot it
The coir is free of anything as is the perlite so hopefully it’s an okay medium
I want it indoors but for the best growth I’ll have it anywhere
It was very nice sadly I shocked it I got a pitcher plant as well which is doing a lot better so far, apparently fly traps are hardy so hope it recovers
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