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#1 BrianF

 
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 15:41 PM

Hi folks, I've just been given a vft as a gift and want to make sure I give it t he best home I can. It's a fairly small plant in a 4 inch pot right now. It looks healthy enough to me right now but should I be thinking about a bigger pot in the near future? Also in terms of general care should I have it standing in a little water(enough to keep the soil moist) or create some sort of pebble stand, I realise it should not have soggy soil. Sunlight is no problem for me as the room is light & airy enough.
I am based in East London and was wondering if anyone has a good contact in the area I can get any soil or other accesories from?

Thanks in advance to anyone who advises me :)

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 18:57 PM

4 inch pot is alright for it. You are right in not keeping the medium soggy, but let the water it stands in dry out for a few days before watering again. Rainwater or RO water only, as much sun as possible, put outside for a winter dormancy, and you're alright.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 21:37 PM

4 inch pot is alright for it. You are right in not keeping the medium soggy, but let the water it stands in dry out for a few days before watering again. Rainwater or RO water only, as much sun as possible, put outside for a winter dormancy, and you're alright.

How do I know when it's the correct time for winter dormancy, and when the plant is at this stage does it go to just a bulb?

Sorry in advance for the dumb questions

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:55 AM

Winter dormancy = winter! :girl_witch:
It will stop growth, die back, but there may be some leaves left. When that happens in autumn, you can put it outside. In fact, there is nothing to stop putting it outside all year, but you can have it inside as well in summer.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:52 AM

Hi, Brian. Welcome aboard!

A VFT is pretty much where most of us started. :girl_witch:

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 13:00 PM

Welcome to CPUK!

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 13:01 PM

I forgot to say Welcome, didn't I? How rude.

Well, here it is: WELCOME :suicide_fool-edit:

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 19:35 PM

hi brian welcome to the forum.
yes thats how i started with one VFT from the local garden centre.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 21:39 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :) I must say that the wealth of information is astounding in regards to keeping this beautiful plant alive! I hope I do it justice :)

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 22:24 PM

It is easy when you know how :wink:

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:09 AM

Hello and wecome home......see, you already have some cool vft advice from all these cool and knowlegeable Cp guys....my advice is when you decide to repot(next year maybe) use 1 pt sphagnum peat/1 pt perlite/1 part sand(either washed playsand or horticultural sand) then mix altogether, line the bottom of the pot with long fiber sphagnum then fill to the brim with the mix,water the mix, then poke a hole in the middle and slip the vft, roots first into the hole then fill in the hole with the mix......then water......voila...youve repotted...easy...remember the only dumb thing is not to ask questions....good luck

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 20:18 PM

My mistake, my pot is 3-1/4 inch in size so it appears a little small to me. It has so many traps that some are blocked by others! Should I re-pot

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 20:19 PM

That does sound a little small. But see what others say.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 21:34 PM

Ok my plant is looking healthy and appears to be growing fast! I just noticed that a couple of roots are starting to show underneath the pot, would ythis be a sign to repot?
Also, if I do need a repot. Can anyone recommend a supplier for the soil in London.

Many thanks :)

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 21:42 PM

Congratulations :JC_cupidboy: you have done what many others have failed at; keeping a VFT alive for more than a month. It sounds like it is doing well too.
As regards to repotting, don't touch it now. Wait for after its dormant period, and repot if you want in about March time. To make it dormant, keep it outside, or in a well lit shed; somewhere cool in any case.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 21:52 PM

welcome to the forum.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 22:39 PM

Congratulations :JC_cupidboy: you have done what many others have failed at; keeping a VFT alive for more than a month. It sounds like it is doing well too.
As regards to repotting, don't touch it now. Wait for after its dormant period, and repot if you want in about March time. To make it dormant, keep it outside, or in a well lit shed; somewhere cool in any case.

Ok thanks James, dormancy is around December if I'm correct?

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 13:43 PM

As a general rule think haloween to valentines day for dormancy. Falling light levels and shorter day lengths as well as lowering temps should trigger growth to slow down and stop (dormancy).....ideal temps for dormancy are under 10 C, most of us keep them outside. However it would be better for the plant to acclimatise gently - putting your plant outside in november or december may be a bit of a shock to the system if its been sat on a warm windowsill indoors so put it in its dormancy place soon if you can, somewhere with protection from the wind and rain if you can. Aim to keep it only just damp over dormancy but at the same time be sure not to let it dry out too much.

The plant looks good, I'd also leave repotting until springtime now....that should give you plenty of time to find some suitable peat. Independent garden centres are best but usually sell in 100 or 200 litres bales, if you only require a small amount then online shops like Little Shop of Horrors sell good pre-mixed composts.

Good luck! I also started with one vft.....I have hundreds now!!

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 16:18 PM

Good luck! I also started with one vft.....I have hundreds now!!


An' she ain't jokin', either :Laie_98:

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 17:10 PM

I'm not planning on expanding the collection just yet, but you never know. Short of getting more as a gift, or if my young nephew struggles with his one then I will take it from him to try and save it. Gotta admit I love the idea of a hanging pitcher plant though :)