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By Bill Phoenix
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Does anyone know how to care for vfts in Texas(Houston Area zone 9a)?
Is dormancy different? If so, when does it happen? also, should I use a thick styrofoam pot because I don't want my plants to cook.
I currently have 1 Lowes vft, 4 Walmart vfts, and 1 small Drosera capensis from Petflytrap.com. They all grow in the same place. also, my Lowes vft has a bunch of small leaflets that arent on the growing point that hasn't really grown. I'm not really sure what they are.
Any answers would be much appreciated. :)
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By MikeB
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Bill Phoenix wrote: Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:01 pm Does anyone know how to care for vfts in Texas(Houston Area zone 9a)?
Is dormancy different? If so, when does it happen?
The flytrap's native range covers zones 7b and 8a. You should have no trouble keeping them outside in Houston (unless you get a repeat of last winter's ridiculous weather). Try to keep them in the 35-55F temperature range.
Bill Phoenix wrote: also, should I use a thick styrofoam pot because I don't want my plants to cook.
The extra insulation provided by a foam pot is a good idea. Also, you can paint the outside of the pot white to reflect more sunlight and help keep it cooler. Mask the bottom inch or so of the pot so the painted portion won't be under water in the saucer/tray.
Bill Phoenix wrote: They all grow in the same place. also, my Lowes vft has a bunch of small leaflets that arent on the growing point that hasn't really grown. I'm not really sure what they are.
Can you post a pic of this?
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By Bill Phoenix
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Small Leaflet Things
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By MaxVft
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Those leaflets are known as divisions, which is when the rhizome on the plant sprouts new plants. They are identical to the parent.
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By Bill Phoenix
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thats weird. i repotted the plant a few weeks ago and there was only one plant. do I just wait for it to divide?
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By Janedoe
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I'm not sure how to post a new topic, so I'm replying to this thread. I rescued a VTF from my local grocery store yesterday, and this is my first foray into carnivorous plants. I've named the VTF Issac, and he's quite small, in a 2 inch pot. His largest trap is about 3/4 of an inch. He isn't in the best shape (being from the grocery store) and he seems pretty weak. I don't know when he last ate. Today I gave him a small caterpillar, and he started digesting it, everything was great. But 20 minutes ago I went up to check on him, and mid digestion the caterpillar chewed a small hole in his largest trap and escaped! I'm worried that he's going to die if he doesn't get nutrients, but don't know what else to feed him or how to make up for the energy he's expended closing the trap and starting the digestive process. pls help!
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Janedoe wrote: Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:06 pm I'm not sure how to post a new topic, so I'm replying to this thread. I rescued a VTF from my local grocery store yesterday, and this is my first foray into carnivorous plants. I've named the VTF Issac, and he's quite small, in a 2 inch pot. His largest trap is about 3/4 of an inch. He isn't in the best shape (being from the grocery store) and he seems pretty weak. I don't know when he last ate. Today I gave him a small caterpillar, and he started digesting it, everything was great. But 20 minutes ago I went up to check on him, and mid digestion the caterpillar chewed a small hole in his largest trap and escaped! I'm worried that he's going to die if he doesn't get nutrients, but don't know what else to feed him or how to make up for the energy he's expended closing the trap and starting the digestive process. pls help!
Generally you should only feed healthy plants.. . I would just suggest acclimatising your plant to bright sunlight for it to get more energy. As for the caterpillar making a hole, there is not much to do...
The flytrap may be going into dormancy, which is why it looks so bad..
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By Janedoe
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Thanks so much for the quick reply! I think Issac (the VTF) may be starting to go into dormancy, but he isn't fully yet, that's why I wanted to feed him. I'll keep giving him more sun, and put him under a cloche for humidity. I'm just worried that all the energy he expended trying to digest the caterpillar will kill him, but I may just be too paranoid. He did seem healthy enough to start eating the caterpillar, so should I give him a week to recover and then try to feed him again? And if so, what kind of bug would you recommend for an easy meal (for Issac of course)? Thanks for the help🙃
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It would depend on where you are growing your VFT, indoors or outdoors? If outdoors they might be able to catch their own food. Once they go into dormancy in winter there is pretty much no need to feed them. Also overfeeding can lead to the death of the plant
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If you are growing indoors, make sure that the temperatures in winter are 40 degrees or under. Make sure to keep the temperatures over 20 degrees. It might be best to keep it in an unheated sunny room, still sitting in water.

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