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By Snyegurochka
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Joined:  Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:28 pm
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Hi all!

I bought my 1st VFT last Saturday. I'm located in CR and VFT are very rare plants here. I have read a lot of the care articles on the page and the forum and placed my VFT on a windowsill, where it gets a lot of sun and air. I'm not new to plants in general, but is safe to say I'm such noob for carnivorous plants.

The thing is, looking at my plant... it doesn't look healthy. The leaves are droopy, the plant doesn't have any red on it and today I noticed a leaf browning already. I think is been sitting on water, or not enough light. My regular plant nursery got the VFT until last week, so I think is an issue going on from the grower.
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By Panman
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Joined:  Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:41 pm
#355681
It definitely looks like it needs more light. It wants strong sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. The medium should be constantly moist, but not soggy. Use only water with minimal dissolved solids, distilled, reverse osmosis, rainwater. Keep it in a shallow saucer of water. The depth of your saucer should be good.
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By _-SphagnumFromHell-_
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A few leaves browning is normal, especially when the plant is getting used to it's new environment.
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By Joshuamarshall792
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Joined:  Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:55 pm
#355688
What are your growing conditions, and make sure to acclimate your vft to outdoors in full sun, only use RO System water, or distilled water, even rain water, do NOT use tap water, bottled water, and NO hard water, never use regular potting soil, it contains fertilizers and is too rich for vfts, and do not, I REPEAT DO. NOT. USE. FERTILIZER. Only feed it bugs, bugs are it's fertilizer, use pure sphagnum moss, HIGH QUALITY STUFF!!! not miracle gro!!!! It has added fertilizers which again is bad stuff for vfts and definitely stay tf away from mosserlee! Only use orchid moss or a carnivorous plant mix.... A cp mix is made up of 50% perlite & 50% peat moss, and also make sure it is recommended for carnivorous plants and doesn't have fertilizers, look in the reviews if it has pictures of a cp and they had it in it for more than 2 weeks and had good results then you should be good but if it doesn't say carnivorous plant anywhere and there is no reviews get tf away from it! Don't forget, it has to have enough reviews on it or if it says it is specifically pure sphagnum moss with nothing added then get it! Oh and you need to start acclimating it to outdoors, add 1 hour each day in full sun, or just put it in a bowl of pure water, and it will garden itself, if you don't want to have to do the no-stress method then just put it in full sun and wait for new growth!

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By Joshuamarshall792
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Btw I chopped my whole plant down when it was SUPER droopy, and all I had was a vft rhizome and now it is growing really well! But I learned from everyone that it takes energy from the rhizome to make new growth/traps I don't recommend doing it unless your plant isn't doing much but photosynthesizing. The first picture was the plant when I first got it, it is a king Henry cultivar which grows fast and get very large traps, anyways the second is when I chopped it down, the third is today!
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By Magic Mutt
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Holy moly! You just chopped it!?!? Just like that?!?! Man I hope it grows as fast as you say...i would have waited it out under better conditions before resorting to something that drastic. I'm excited to see the journey of this plants life, hope it works out
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By Panman
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Magic Mutt wrote: Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:53 pm Holy moly! You just chopped it!?!? Just like that?!?! Man I hope it grows as fast as you say...i would have waited it out under better conditions before resorting to something that drastic. I'm excited to see the journey of this plants life, hope it works out
Definitely not a recommended way of doing things. By removing all of the leaves it requires the plant to draw all of its nutrition from the rhizome while it tries to grow more leaves for photosynthesis. If the rhizome is good, it will survive. If it is not, the plant would die.
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By Joshuamarshall792
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Magic Mutt wrote:Holy moly! You just chopped it!?!? Just like that?!?! Man I hope it grows as fast as you say...i would have waited it out under better conditions before resorting to something that drastic. I'm excited to see the journey of this plants life, hope it works out
Yeah! Well I have 6 traps on it currently, still growin!!!

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