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By PlantBro
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Joined:  Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:29 am
Do healthy fly traps put up stalks that fail/are duds? This VFT started putting up a flower stalk around 6-8 weeks ago which was growing very fast, to the point where I had to raise my light. I never saw it bloom or flower, but it has blackened considerably over the last 10days to include the middle of the stalk. Is this something that just happens or did it actually seed? If not is it best to let it keep going or cut and propagate the failed flower stalk? It is currently a very healthy plant and has also divided at the same time as growing the stalk, with more vigorous growth coinciding with the blackening. Any input is appreciated, thanks. (top watered 0ppm rodi, in lfsm with live top, 14 hr strong LED lighting)
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By ChefDean
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That plant doesn't look good, it's not getting enough light, and the stalk likely failed because of that. It either needs a stronger grow light for 16+ hours a day, or it needs to be outside in direct sunlight. Leave it as it is and it'll be dead soon.
By PlantBro
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Joined:  Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:29 am
It was definitely light starved for a bit, got a new light about 5 weeks ago. I wasn’t sure if it it mattered much, but this was a grab from Lowes in March, most of the bad looking leaves are still original from then and mostly now trapless. I fed them and they pretty much had one go left, then just stayed there, even after the trap turned. New growth has been good though, with even the petiole starting somewhat red.
By PlantBro
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Joined:  Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:29 am
I also did not order the pics well, the last one is from May 20th, when the stalk was still growing well, others are this week.

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