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By Adrien
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How awesome would it be to have a cultivar that regularly makes split traps?! This is a “Fang” cultivar making some gnarly looking traps. (Photos are not mine)
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By Apollyon
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There was a cultivar they were selling called "Mirror" that did some wild stuff like that. Traps on both sides etc. I know they were selling some TC on ebay not too long ago. I don't know if theyre still up though. That is an awesome VFT you have, I'm jealous lol
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By Propag8
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I have recently recieved a young mirror from Germany i will keep an eye on its growth characteristics but im guessing its unstable lol. It was a gift so ill just see how it does.
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By evenwind
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In my experience, "Mirror" isn't stable. On the other hand, FTS also lists "Mirror x Mirror" which is. You may want to sign up to be notified when either one's back in stock... ... us-flytrap ... rap-mirror
By hungry carnivores
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Yeah, and it makes sense. Trap shape is *likely* dictated by phytohormones and miRNA splicing. Online, in some phytojournals, some liken it to sympetaly, which is governed by three genes similar to HOX in animals, as well as a cytokinin/auxin mediated response. This kinda alludes that any double-trap or strange-trap mutations are gonna be hard to fix.

That's just my 'unprofessional' opinion. I'm not sure if in practice it's different.
By Propag8
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I second that. Ive also read that "mirror x mirror" is stable and an improvement over "mirror". Also hungry carnivores that does sound like a professional opinion to me very scientific indeed lol.
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By Matt
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Basically everything in this thread lines up with my experience. Mirror, while pretty awesome when it does its thing, isn't stable and reverts to a typical flytrap most of the time. Mirror x Mirror was an improvement for sure but still wasn't 100% stable. Thus, I've stopped propagating both plants at this point.
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