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By Seabass
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Hello, I'm new to the FlytrapCare forums, I was wondering if my carnivorous plants were healthy or not.
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By ChefDean
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They actually look really nice, but a little dry on top. That could simply be because the top is rustic looking, so the tips dry out quicker. However, I would suggest separating those plants into their own pots as Sarrs like it wet, while VFT's prefer damp to moist. Too much water can cause a rot issue with Flytraps. Also, maybe not so rustic looking because, while it looks like the growth point is exposed, it could be situated better to allow unobstructed growth as it gets bigger.
Otherwise, good looking plants!
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By Matt
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Your plants look very healthy indeed!

However, what sort of moss is that on top of the soil? It isn't sphagnum and it looks to be green moss or some sort of decorative moss some of which are toxic to carnivorous plants.

Can you post a photo of the label of the moss that is visible on the top of the pots? If they're potted in that stuff, you'll probably want to repot them ASAP. If it's just a top dressing, you should probably remove it.
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By Panman
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This is one of Little Pot of Horrors kits, isn't it? If it is, the moss is a top dressing. In the past, I have used various types of moss for a top dressing; a practice that I learned is not recommended. Now, I stick with using sphagnum moss, dry or live, as my top dressings.
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By Panman
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Unfortunately, many nurseries have no clue about growing CP. They treat them like houseplants. To be on the safe side, I would change out the moss for CP safe sphagnum or just leave the top dressing off all together. I do like to have the top dressing, though, because it helps it to maintain the moisture level.

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