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I will probably experiment with this over winter too! They may not do much action at all, but only time will tell!

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It seems more sunlight and warmer temperatures will produce more flowers, but they are also perfectly happy to receive partial shade. It seems their only hard, fast requirement is keeping their soil wet. What makes them carnivorous? They have bladders hence the name that trap tiny insects and other life forms that live in the soil. The bladder sets itself by pumping fluid out of its interior, via special bifid and quadrifid glands. As a result, the water pressure inside the bladder is lower than the surrounding water. The bladder has trap door, but it is firmly set closed by a combination of a threshold ridge at the bladder entrance and mucous as an additional sealant.

Small organisms find their way to the trap entrance it is unknown whether they just wander up to the trap, or are somehow attracted to the trap door. Either by bumping into the door, or perhaps by touching the little hairlike organs protructing out of the trap door, they trigger the bladder. Either they simply lever the door ajar perhaps with the mechanical advantage of the door-hairs , or the door may weaken slightly through some active process perhaps similar to the changes in turgor pressure that makes Mimosa plants droop, or processes that occur in Dionaea?

Since the pressure in the trap is low, water rushes into the trap, carrying the animal with it. The trapdoor swings closed again, sealing the creature inside. That is just so fascinating to me. Their flowers, though, are stunning! Their flowers seriously look like white bunny rabbits suspended in midair! The cuteness just might kill me.

There is really no better bladderwort to start with! Sign up for my email newsletter to get a special coupon code you can use every time you shop at PredatoryPlants. Maybe I sparked a little of that in some of you? Some of you still wondering about dormancy? I thought I would provide some visual references to the Venus flytrap dormancy period.

I have three images below of my typical Venus flytrap pot, all taken at different times of the year. In the above photo from last March. Short-stemmed leaves hugging the ground is one of the first signs of oncoming dormancy, although some varieties of Venus flytraps stay close to the ground regardless of what time of year it is. Now this above photo from July is obviously not during dormancy, but actually the middle of their growing season.

Notice how all of the traps are standing tall on longer, erect stems. Also yes, this is the same pot! Such an explosion of growth in just four months! And now just last week. Lots of the tall, summer leaves have died back and the growth is short and close to the ground again, though bigger and much more crowded than last season!

The difference in color is pretty astonishing too. Check out the cluster in the lower left corner of the pot though. That one stayed mostly green and tall all year long. Venus flytraps in colder climates may die back even more, if not completely. Remember also the above photos are only my typical Venus Flytraps.

The dormant period can look vastly different on different cultivars.


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But I did today, for science! Before I got more red flytraps, I remember I worried so much because it died back so far every winter. I thought it was sick or I did something wrong. Below are some more of my red little ones. This little Red Dragon division above has been notoriously slow-growing all season long.

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It finally just started putting out noticeably bigger traps right before dormancy! If you have any further questions on the dormancy period, be sure to read my other posts: Winter is Coming! I will be happy to answer as soon as I can. These are often cultivated in the exact same conditions as Venus fly traps. Like tree leaves changing colors with the seasons, Sarracenia pitchers turn a gorgeous array of colors before they rest for the winter. Yes, falling leaves are beautiful but these are my kind of autumn colors! The carnivorous kind. The Fused Tooth x Fused Tooth seedlings are so big and robust.

Check out the shots below! It looks like the seedling below is already showing some fused, bristled cilia on its trap! The seedling in the above photo definitely has more traditional looking cilia. Only time will tell as they get older though. In contrast, the red seedlings have been developing a lot more slowly. Last weekend, I also decided to move my seedlings inside to keep them growing and developing over winter.

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I cleared out a shelf in my bookcase and taped up some white pieces of paper to reflect light back onto the seedlings. With the white paper, I can use the available light to make it feel a bit brighter. I have an 18w K compact florescent bulb in a clamp lamp with a metal reflector. You can also see my tried and trusted betta fish pellets in the photo!

Check out my feeding guide here! The plastic bag is to increase humidity for germination. Any questions about light, seed growing, or anything else feel free to email me maria thecarnivoregirl. Buy prints here! I have a soft spot for really good , photographic art.

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Photography was my university major after all. He also uses the available light and color to make a very warm, visually rich image! Dying leaves are usually an eyesore to plant growers, but they add a key visual component to this image. So I appreciate other artists who include the not-so-pretty aspects into their work. Tis the season for giving! These images are available as framed prints, canvas prints, tote bags and more! Get something for yourself or a special Nepenthes grower in your life! I want them so bad!

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Just wanted to make a quick update from my post on planting Venus fly trap seeds. The first signs of Venus fly trap germination appeared early last weekend!

I believe it was Friday. The seeds were sown on September 7th, which means they took just under three weeks to germinate. One post even saw germination in six days! I was feeling some major germination-envy. This envy got to me, and I ended up putting my seeds in direct sunlight for a few hours every day sometime mid-last week. I think that extra heat kicked them into gear. They had only been in bright shade before. The other growers most likely were keeping them indoors under lights on timers, probably 16 hours or longer.

My seedlings were definitely subject to more temperature fluctuations.

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I also may have left them outside at night once or twice when it got into the low 60s, oops. These two are obviously the strongest of the bunch, and I hope the rest follow soon! For those wondering about parentage, these seeds are from two different batches. The second seed is a result of selective pollination from all-red Venus fly traps, which offers a much higher probability of all-red babies! Again, each seed is completely unique and may or may not have all-red traits at all. What are you growing from seeds, dear readers?

Under what kind of conditions are you keeping them?

Leave me a comment about anything at all! If I get another batch of fly trap seeds, it will be the Giant and Superior variety , from the same breeders as my current seeds. How cool would it be to grow gigantic, vigorous, and completely unique Venus fly traps?! See their first leaves here! Hey readers!

I hope all your plants are growing beautifully and rapidly! Warning: This will be an image-heavy post! Naturally, I added both to my Venus flytrap collection! The adult plant is now my largest all-red Venus flytrap, as it should be! This plant was sent to me by a Flytrapcare forum member. I would be happy to keep this plant and get a nice discount coupon to buy the one that I originally really wanted That form is gorgeous though.

It's a happy accident. My ventrata did the same when I moved it from fluorescent lighting at my old apartment, to an east window with 4 hours direct sun daily. It loves the sunshine now that it's adjusted, but the first two pitchers it grew after I moved it were stunted like that. I think it has to do with stress, but I wonder why the lids specifically are affected.

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