Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Matt » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:55 pm

That is a species of grass that is growing right next to your flytrap. Best to get it out of the soil. Though at this point that is going to be very challenging. That particular species grows very elaborate root systems and is very hard to pull out once it gets large.

You might just have to repot and separate the grass from the plant at that time.

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by xr280xr » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:46 pm

Matt wrote:That is a species of grass that is growing right next to your flytrap. Best to get it out of the soil. Though at this point that is going to be very challenging. That particular species grows very elaborate root systems and is very hard to pull out once it gets large.

You might just have to repot and separate the grass from the plant at that time.

I would do so soon. It might be close to choking out your flytrap, being so close to it.
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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by coorkie » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:33 am

MichaelGuardian wrote:
coorkie wrote:So... My King Henrys haven't produced buds nor flowers (which I wouldnt mind if they did tbh), just stalks... They've been in dormancy (I live in Northern California) and have grown these stalks while dormant.. Will these stalks sprout buds at the ends (Id love to have seeds of these babies) or should I just cut them?

The actual traps have sprouted because of the recent weather (they've been getting lots and lots of rain water what w/ the crazy recent rain storms/floods up here) until I finally decided to move them inside a week or so ago.


That is pretty weird, it looks like someone cut off the ends of the flower stalk. Are you sure that it is in fact a vft?


Well, I did catch my cat chewing on the end of one of the stalks/whatever they are so if they are flower talks they may not have blossomed because of my curious cat! But I doubt she'd work on chewing every end off of whatever the heck sprouted... *scratches head*

& Idk that it may be grass or not *shrug*, this is my first VFT but seems to me by your guys reactions that this is just as odd as I imagined! The fact that a random bunch (for lack of better word) of grass would decide to grow smack dab in the middle of my plant. not a cm to the left or the right... Hmmm

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by coorkie » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:35 am

Matt wrote:That is a species of grass that is growing right next to your flytrap. Best to get it out of the soil. Though at this point that is going to be very challenging. That particular species grows very elaborate root systems and is very hard to pull out once it gets large.

You might just have to repot and separate the grass from the plant at that time.


I will try to examine the roots and if separation must ensue... I will try my hardest not to damage my baby vft sprouts! might come back w/ root findings along w pictures!

thanks so much for your help guys

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Gry » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:15 pm

I experimented with this. Cutting off a flytrap's flowerstalk is like giving a deepsea diver a canister of oxygen.
Not cutting the flowerstalk is like choking it, unless you feed it a lot more (which compares to giving the diver short breaths of air)

If you want seeds you should definately feed it once a week and give it a LOT of sunlight. make sure two of it's traps are always digesting something, and leave the others.
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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:22 am

1 week in for me. The whole thing has not shriveled up (yet?) so I am hopeful.

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Bhart90 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:44 am

The black most definitely. What are it's parameters?

Where at outside? Grow lights?
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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:39 am

Bhart90 wrote:The black most definitely. What are it's parameters?

Where at outside? Grow lights?


Is this post for me?

Sorry, have read up tons but I'm still a noob. Not sure what you mean by parameters? It's growing in a sunny windowsill with a bag for humidity completely open at the top (still gets below freezing outside and current humidity is 13%). It was 2.5 inches when I cut it. I used the first post as a bible - extraordinarily helpful information here!

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Bhart90 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:51 am

What state?
I mean if it winter outside, or still freezing, should be I dormancy, you can grow them indoors, just have to have a puck for lighting.

In nature, they get full sun, any more pics?


And sorry, I was referring to the attributes hahw
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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:03 am

I'm in Colorado. The past few nights have not gotten below 30 but the weather is unpredictable and swings wildly. The plant it came from was dormant but not kept cool enough, and it may have also flowered because I accidentally almost killed it a few weeks before. My pictures of it now are more of the same, but here it is when I cut it.
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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:14 am

The whole stalk is turning black a week and a half in. I was really disappointed when I saw black creeping up from the bottom a few days ago instead of just from the top, but I think cutting the flower stalk was the right decision regardless, so nothing is lost.

Game over or is it still worth keeping it humid and damp? I'm afraid the whole thing will be shriveled up in days. :(

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by saigon69 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:08 pm

Thank you for this post! I was just asking about the flowering issue!

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Fly Trap Hunter » Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:33 pm

Thanks xr280xr
Thanks Matt
Thanks everybody
My question exactly: Do I trim off the flower stem or not? great information

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:01 am

After planting about 15 stalks, I have 3 that are showing promise (I think mold was my biggest issue). Except maroon monster's stalk was so dark and dried out looking, I pulled it out of the moss only to discover some seedlings coming off it! Immediately put it back in. I didn't see any roots, the plantlets were teeny, and I really hope I didn't just kill them all! :o Is there a chance they'll survive?

Jaws and Dentate's stalks are still green at the base after 8 weeks and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Think I planted all of them too deep but it's far too late to adjust them now.

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Re: Should you cut off your Venus Fytrap's flower stalk?

by Orit » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:35 pm

I am the proud owner of Maroon Monster babies!!! Thank you, everyone, especially xr280xr, for the very detailed guide - I owe my success to you! Spotted the cotyledons about a week ago and was concerned I wasn't getting carnivorous leaves. It wasn't until I got the good camera focused on it that I saw what appeared to be sphagnum moss was really the first the first true leaves. Surprised me they are red right off the bat. I am so thrilled! :D :D :D

Thank you again, Matt and Leah, for a "starter" plant that produced two flower stalks a month after I got it!
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