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By MartyMcFlytrap
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Joined:  Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:10 pm

I rescued a Venus flytrap that was given to a friend when he recently bought tickets to "Little Shop of Horrors" (a terrible gimmick). A child of the 1980s, I named him Marty McFlytrap and researched all there was to know about how to give him a happy life. This site was most helpful.

I bought Marty growing medium. (

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He was doing quite well. Even in his death cube, he had sprouted a few new leaves. But within 12 hours of repotting Marty into his roomier home and setting him in a windowsill and under the lamp, my cat (or cats) ate him, roots and all. I had not foreseen death by pet as a problem, as these cats have been quite respectful of flora in the past. I was more worried that they'd knock over the planter, not that they'd consume the contents.

I could try to love again, but the only cat-free place I have in my apartment is on a bookshelf that gets no natural light. That's probably not in the best interest of Marty Jr. Growing outdoors is not an option, as I live in Manhattan and do not have access to my building's yard.

Rather than risk having more blood/rhizomes on my hands, I'd like to give these supplies away. Is there anyone in the New York City area who needs them?
By MartyMcFlytrap
Posts:  8
Joined:  Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:10 pm
Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't set out to be a hobbyist. I was just trying to take care of a friend's plant. My understanding is that flytraps don't do well in aquariums. I don't think it would be wise to acquire another plant just because I already have the gear, if I can't give it a home where it will thrive. My hope is that what I've already amassed won't go to waste.
By MartyMcFlytrap
Posts:  8
Joined:  Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:10 pm
Someone recommended that my growing conditions would be better suited to a Cape Sundew instead, so I am going to give that a try.

However, if anyone is in New York City and needs growing medium, I have a surplus to give away.

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