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  1. That's very interesting Danny! As for mantrid, I never tested the lethality of fixed nitrogen to VFTs on my plants, but as an amateur, I think that it should be regarded at least as a consequence of some growth stage or conditions, and not as a rigid feature of the plant throughout its life. After all, we all know that VFTs can be germinated and propagated in 1/3 strength Murashige & Skoog medium, and that's no peat moss and distilled water. They're also very happy in it and grow astoundingly fast. Maybe they get nitrogen-intolerant when they get older, just like us with lactose ;) Now,
  2. I open the PLoS ONE site this morning, and bam, featured image: a drosera!! Congratulations, and thank you: it's really great to see carnivorous plants being the hot topic in one of the most influential scientific journals worldwide!
  3. Oh. Ahem. Very sorry, I had never noticed pornographic ADs there! I'll switch to others.
  4. Benvenuto Fabrizio! In bocca al lupo!
  5. I know what you mean, and I bought it at a flower shop (just a reseller then) so I can't exclude that the plant might have been raised by tissue culture. All in all, it's likely. But even so, by the size of its traps, it must have spent enough time out of TC before being sold (and then a further three months growing on my desk, before the burst started) to make the TC boost a less likely explanation, wouldn't you agree? Besides, all but two of the old, bigger leaves blackened and died, just as FlytrapRanch predicted (the last two traps are senescent). All considered, I would think that Flytr
  6. Well, the plant was definitely not straight from tissue culture... It had quite the "grown-up" looks when I purchased it. This is the first picture I took of it, from may 25 (just a note - the illumination has changed since then).
  7. It might be that the trap is "spent" - Dionaea traps will only open and close a certain muber of times, then they'll just stop working. (Sorry if this is too obvious, I'm still pretty new at it). -Edit: I was too slow, the FlytrapRanch beat me :)
  8. Just my two cents - genetically the funneled traps might be a recessive trait, then you'd get the normal phenotype at the first generation, but if you cross these again with the funneled trap clone (or within themselves), you might get funneled trap offspring.
  9. Thank you! Daniel: CP don't go well with small children and tired wife... So I had to stop for a bit :)
  10. Thank you FlytrapRanch, I think that's the exact case. Many of the old, big leaves are in fact blackening and dying. You explained it so logically that I'm a bit ashamed I didn't realize it before, heheh. Thank you so much! Roberto
  11. Hello, my Dionaea has recently stopped growing normal-sized traps, and it has decided to produce zillions of small traps instead. I've counted more than 30 traps, all sprouted in the last 2-3 weeks. This happened right after I cut the flower stalk (it was about 3 inches tall at the time), but this had never happened in the past, when I grew my Dionaeas outdoors. Today I'm forced to grow it indoors, at my office desk to be exact, under a 23W white fluorescent lamp (16h light/8h dark). So I really don't know how angry the poor plant might be for one thing or the other, the stalk or the weird g