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My venus fly trap

  1. Apr 6, 2005 #1
    I have a venus fly trap that i bought from the grocery store a year ago. His name is Jesus. He's grown tons since i've gotten him, (oh his name is Jesus by the way.) I took him to college with me, and he hasn't been very happy. When i first got here, i set him by the window, but the heater is right next to the window, so it burnt his leaves. And really, it was probably too cold for him when the heat wasn't going. So all his little fly-eating pod thingies eventually broke off, and his leaves went really brown, and he looked so sad.

    I've been playing guitar for him, spanish style, how he likes it, and i sing for him, and i water him and i've tried making him feel better, but he still looks pretty sad. He's gotten loads better, sure. He's a lot greener, and his leaves aren't as dried out. But some of his leaves are getting holes in them now and tears that aren't from the initial burning by the heater. He's had some new growth though too. He's gotten at least one more leaf since i've come to college, and there's another one sprouting up. He hasn't regrown and fly-eating things though, so perhaps he isn't getting enough nutrtition?

    I'm not sure how much i'm actually sposed to water him, i kinda just do it whenever, which is usually kinda often, but i thought they liked water, so i dunno. Also, maybe once the weather get warmer, he'll probably be happier. But anyways, i'm wasn't positive weather this was a real bio question, but eh, i wanted some serious answers, so i didn't post in GD. I want Jesus to feel better! any suggestions?
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  3. Apr 6, 2005 #2


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    Mine always used to like water. Love water. Mmmm oh yes she did. Anja lasted a few years, she flourished in the summer with a combination of warmth and flies. She didn't like wasps, bacon or cashew nuts. She wasn't a fan of strong sunlight either. She stopped growing every winter, and most of her mouths turned brown and rotted off. But then, when spring came, she grew those really tall flowers, which then died back, and she started sprouting new mouths! Sadly she passed away last winter.
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    A couple of things to think about. Did you move the plant from one major geographic region to another when you went to college, could it be experiencing significantly different conditions (even indoors) than it did when it was doing well? Have you changed to food you provide? These are bog plants and really like a lot of substrate moisture (never let them dry out) and humidity. Is it much drier where you are now? Perhaps you can buy/make a terrarium for it to increase the moisture. Apparently these plants like a "rest" in the winter months, perhaps that's what it was trying to do. Check out this or this site from the International Carnivorous Plant Society or other websites on venus flytrap care on the web and you might be better able to provide for your friend.
  5. Apr 6, 2005 #4
    You can make a little green house by cutting off the bottom of a 2L pop bottle. Remove the cap and just sit the plant under it.
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    I like that idea of the pop bottle :biggrin:
    I was going to suggest a similar one. Water your fly trap, then take a clear plastic (polyethylene) bag, put it over the whole plant and pot.
    Secure along the base of the pot with a rubber band. It creates a terrarium habitat too.

    Whenever I went away on vacations from college, to avoid having my plants burn up in the sun or dry out, I would put all of them in indirect light and cover them with this same plastic bag technique. Except the cacti of course :smile:
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