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By Dematerialize
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UPDATE APRIL 8, 2017
I finally got up and stopped being lazy, deciding to take on the arduous task of hunting down tiny flytraps buried in an ocean of live sphagnum. This will be a picture heavy update in the last page!


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Hello everyone! It's been a while since I last made a post here. Hope you're all doing well.

In the last few months I've slowly grown my collection dramatically, although that subject might be reserved for another post. Image

Since I've finally kept quite a few flytraps alive through last winter, I was finally able to reap that success: flower stalks, and lots of them. In the last couple of months I've started to collect all of them once they grow long enough. I experimented with dropping them in a peat/perlite mix, same with a dead long fiber sphagnum mix and by itself. Waterlogged and moist. Lots of combinations. Sadly it ended almost always in failure, except a single plant. It eventually died.

Fast forward to a few weeks later. I decided to hoard more flower stalks and I then tried to drop them in my seemingly powerful container full of live sphagnum moss. In there almost anything that's half dead recovers, even if it's rotting or just a single leaf.

I wasn't really expecting too much from this considering the conditions within are a bit more waterlogged than what most dionaea like but I gave it a try anyway.

The results? I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. This is about a month in most of them, some a week or two longer.

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This one was one of the first strikes.
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Closeup
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The flower stalk itself had a strike
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Here's one of the very dense clumps forming
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Here's the oldest ones just getting transplanted into a peat/perlite mix.
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I was extremely surprised to see such an incredible amount of success. Pretty much a 100% rate of strikes on all flower stalk cuttings. Laying them down did the best when it came to how many plantlets grew. I had heard a few times only one plant tends to come out of a single cutting but in here they're going wild. Again, I am amazed with the 'magic' live sphagnum produces with almost everything. In there they can even handle semi-waterlogged conditions with their rhizomes nearly or completely submerged. :shock:

Now I'm just hoping I get a few more stalks to start some more cuttings. Have a great weekend! :D
Last edited by Dematerialize on Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:26 am, edited 3 times in total.
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By xr280xr
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I also only use sphagnum moss for cuttings. I don't keep the sphagnum too wet but keep them covered to keep the humidity very high. Looking great! Glad you figured out what works!
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By Shadowtski
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Earlier this year, I cut the scape from a Typical and stuck it in a test tube of distilled water as an experiment. It did not strike yet and looks like it's starting to rot. The experiment showed me here is a technique that doesn't work.

I just cut my "Akai Ryu" flower stalk yesterday. I put it in some live Sphagnum Moss in a 100% humidity environment. I cut it into two 1 inch pieces and inserted it vertically.

After reading your post, I'm going horizontal next year.


Thanks & Good growing,
Mike
By R0dan
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Very interesting. I read an article in the June 2016 issue of the “Carnivorous Plant Newsletter” about Venus Flytrap leaf pullings and the author keeps the leaf pulling in demineralized water (no soil of any kind) and 12–14 hours of artificial light. He also got an almost 100% success rate. So I am assuming over watering is not a great concern from flower cuttings or leaf pulling as they develop.
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By Shadowtski
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Shadowtski wrote:I just cut my "Akai Ryu" flower stalk yesterday. I put it in some live Sphagnum Moss in a 100% humidity environment. I cut it into two 1 inch pieces and inserted it vertically.

After reading your post, I'm going horizontal next year.
Here's an update on my previous post. I moved the "Akai Ryu" flower stalk to a horizontal position in my live Sphagnum Moss container. Just the other day, I noticed multiple strikes. It took about two months for growth buds to appear. Live Sphagnum is the magic elixir.

Good growing,
Mike
By lakewoebegon
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This post helped me get my first strike. I've had 2 flower stalks sticking out vertically next to the mother plant in LFSM and they hadn't taken for months. After reading this post, I put them horizontally in LFSM under a humidity dome with a good amount of water and 1 of them now has several baby flytraps. They're so small, they're hard to see. Thanks!
By stevelau1911
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I find that when you don't have flower stalks readily available , the next best thing is to pull off the old dying chunk of rhizome with a few leaves and roots attached, and that will produce strikes in about a week, and start opening up some traps after 5-6 weeks. The bigger the rhizome mass the better if you don't mind sacrificing some of the size of the plants new traps that the division is off of.
By Dematerialize
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Sorry for the awfully late update. After months of ignoring and letting the live sphagnum/germination/recovery pot thrive with a bunch of flytrap flower cuttings it was time to open it up and pull out the little fellas. I'm not even half way done and I'm sure I got at least 30 out. Oh boy is this a nightmare.

Before I took in this adventure a few hours ago.
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Close up on the trapped youngins

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