Rain cutting leaves clean off?

Ask questions about how to grow and care for Venus Flytraps
User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:35 pm

Every time it rains i have leaves that look to be cut clean off. Almost as if someone took scissors to them. Has anyone else experienced this?
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
Benurmanii

 
Posts: 2000
Joined: Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:34 pm
Thanked: 410 times in 328 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Benurmanii » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:11 am

Nope, and my VFTs are bombarded by rains October-May. My guess is that some pest is emerging during the rain and eating the "stems".

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:36 am

It the strangest thing, makes no sense.

One of my B52's had ONE new growth coming up and the unformed trap was cut clean off. I'm pretty upset about it.
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
Benurmanii

 
Posts: 2000
Joined: Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:34 pm
Thanked: 410 times in 328 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Benurmanii » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:50 am

Yeah gotta be a pest or something

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:59 am

Yeah but what would come out only when it rains, bite leafs clean off and then just leave them. They aren't being eaten or taken.
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
Fly Trap Hunter

 
Posts: 657
Joined: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:56 am
Location: Southeastern North Carolina, United States
Thanked: 147 times in 100 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fly Trap Hunter » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:04 am

I had a caterpiller that was eating my traps off my akai rhu. it had a partner that was eating the traps off my typicals. I'm not sure but big crickets/locusts eat green plant matter. its something that comes up when its wet.

will a slug eat the traps?

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:12 am

They aren't being eaten though.
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
whatsgrowingon

 
Posts: 144
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:29 pm
Location: Florida
Thanked: 12 times in 12 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by whatsgrowingon » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:47 am

I agree with it definitely not being done by the rain and my traps see some serious weather. Do you trim off your dead leaves with sissors? If so it could be that you are accidentally nicking some of the other trap stems and after a good rain it knocks them the rest of the way off the plant. I saw a similar post once and the person was having the same kind of problem and posted a photo. Once we looked closely it was obvious that he had nicked the healthy traps during routine manicuring and didn't realize it. He was a new grower but I've also nicked healthy stems when cutting away dead growth on occasion.
Mother Nature is a mad scientist, Jerry!

My grow list whatsgrowinon-s-grow-list-t37278.html

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:56 am

Nope no trimming
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
tommyr

 
Posts: 1430
Joined: Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am
Location: United States
Thanked: 249 times in 223 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by tommyr » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:26 pm

Insect. Rain won't do that. No way. It's a bug or small animal.

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:16 pm

Must be an insect then.

I cant think of an insect that can bite leafs/traps off perfectly clean like scissors and then leave what they bit off. Nothing is being taken or eaten.
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
Rammplins

 
Posts: 256
Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:28 pm
Location: Ohio
Thanked: 62 times in 50 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Rammplins » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:40 pm

This recently just happened with one of my Purpurea pitchers, it turned out to be some kind of ant, probably carpenter. I know this because some daddy long legs or harvestmen (whatever you call them) have claimed the sphagnum raft I grow my Purpurea on as theirs, not a problem as they eat small insects that usually eat plant matter.
I saw one eating an ant that tried to steal a piece of bee from a pitcher that seemed to have been recently cut. I looked them up and carpenter ants have strong jaws, and at night forage for dead insects, which im sure your vft probably has on/in it. This makes them a great candidate for what did this.

User Avatar
tommyr

 
Posts: 1430
Joined: Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am
Location: United States
Thanked: 249 times in 223 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by tommyr » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:46 pm

Rammplins wrote:This recently just happened with one of my Purpurea pitchers, it turned out to be some kind of ant, probably carpenter. I know this because some daddy long legs or harvestmen (whatever you call them) have claimed the sphagnum raft I grow my Purpurea on as theirs, not a problem as they eat small insects that usually eat plant matter.
I saw one eating an ant that tried to steal a piece of bee from a pitcher that seemed to have been recently cut. I looked them up and carpenter ants have strong jaws, and at night forage for dead insects, which im sure your vft probably has on/in it. This makes them a great candidate for what did this.


If it is ants he can spread some food grade Diatomaceous Earth around the ground near the pots/trays.

User Avatar
Fieldofscreams

 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Thanked: 229 times in 212 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fieldofscreams » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:16 pm

Not carpenter ants, I have an extreme background with those. I know them very well.

My traps have no insects in them anyways so no ant species in my area would have any interest in the traps.
Mistakes were made

User Avatar
Fly Trap Hunter

 
Posts: 657
Joined: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:56 am
Location: Southeastern North Carolina, United States
Thanked: 147 times in 100 posts

Re: Rain cutting leaves clean off?

by Fly Trap Hunter » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:38 pm

I had some tall seedlings growing on the deck and when the wind blew and made them sway, my dog would go over and nip at the shoots, nipping a few clean off like scizzors. :roll:


Return to Venus Fly Trap Care Questions

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests