Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:47 am
Basically, I bought one of those venus flytraps that comes in a tiny plastic container from Lowes, and it was in pretty horrible condition. Tiny pot packed full of moss of some sort, and some of the traps were turning black already.
I brought it home and put it outside on my south facing patio. I immediately replanted it into a much bigger pot (I think like 6 inches or so) with 50/50 mix of sphagnum peat moss/perilite (I soaked it in distilled water first to get it all moist). While I was replanting it, the rhizome was nice and white and didn't look rotten or anything.
I've had the plant about a month now, and all the original leaves and traps have turned black and died off, which I guess is the result of it being an indoor plant and not being "hardened" to the outside and the sun.
It's been growing like crazy and all these new thick leaves are popping out of the center of the plant, which I think is a good sign, but now all the little buds on the end of the leaves that are supposed to grow into traps are turning black.
Is this normal and I should just let it keep on growing, or am I doing something wrong?
Some more info:
1. I keep the flytrap and a pitcher plant both in the same tray of distilled water. It's a black tray. The pitcher plant is planted in sphagnum moss, and I think it sometimes gets into the water.
2. I live in Georgia so it's always 50% humidity and around 80-90 degrees outside right now. I have access to plenty of sun every day on my patio.
3. I put in about an inch of water into the tray of water, and only refill it after the water runs out. The soil seems to be moist all the time.
4. It's been raining a lot recently, but I kept the plant inside the tray and it keeps filling up with water