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  1. I'm getting into growing Venus's Flytraps again and recently purchased a bag of "Black Gold Peat Moss Plus". The bag lists its ingredients as "canadian spaghnum peat and organic wetting agent" In regards to the "organic wetting agent" it says "contains .0001% Yucca extract". I was wondering if anyone has experience or advice regarding this Yucca extract wetting agent.
  2. wow nice. What a treat for the eye to behold. Equally nice that you spell out your techniques.
  3. Melly, is the "Black Traps" plant suppose to be all red or does your plant just happen to have red in the center of its leaves?
  4. uglypho

    Frost

    Sorry Tim. I too am expierencing cold weather. It was -5C in Temecula last night. I left a plastic cup of water overnight and it froze solid.
  5. Throwing an unhealthy VFT in the fridge will result in an unhealthy VFT when when taken out of the fridge.
  6. Those vivid streaks are intense. I like it. :thumleft:
  7. uglypho

    Full sun

    Right now as I type, its 100 degrees outside with full sun. It's like 21% humidity. I just went outside and my plants are fine. Just a few yards away I have Thai Dragon Peppers and Anaheims growing in the same exposure my VFTs get.
  8. WOW!!!!! You did it! From green to mean! Good job. :bigok:
  9. I would repot that VFT into a pear substrate. That moss in your pot looks slimy and decaying. Also, what lighting is the plant getting? Looks like it needs light really badly. I don't think that's dormancy but let's hear from other growers.
  10. I believe the Australians at Paradidisia Nurseries classify "Typicals" as this "Typical VFT is a plant that when mature grows leaves from 3cm to 8cm long with traps 2 to 3 cm. The leaf and back of trap colour in strong sunlight is green/yellow and the trap mouth is a pink-red to blood-red. Winter leaves are short and on the ground and summer leave will be upright." - quoted from collectorscorner They classify "Red Trapped" as "Red Traps are redder than normal. Many forms of this have been developed. Our favourite is one we call big mouth. It is a prostrate grower with very short leaves but huge traps. The inner trap area is a very intense colour and produces colour under much darker conditions to a normal VFT. Big Mouth also produces the largest leaves of any VFT in the spring growth." -- quoted from collectorscorner So apparently to them, Typicals can produce red traps, but any red that goes to an extreme is not typical. A good example of a "Red Trapped" form is "G14". I'm sure most peole on this forum agree that its color is outstanding. I have a plant from Lowes that produces dimorphic habit of growth. The red occurs only late in the season, most of the time on the rosettes. In my opinion this plant is Typical. In theory, if we were to graph the amount of VFTs in cultivation by degree of coloration, we should get fewest greens, few pink colored, many occasionally have red traps, few with bright red traps, fewest with dark purple or purple traps. So the graph should look like a nice symmetrical arc. The ones closest in the middle are your typicals and the ones on the sides are your forms deserving catagorizing and preservation. However, today tissue culture chooses only the nice forms on either end of the graph to tissue culture so the graph is no longer that arc. I don't even see a "Typical" form on the Triffid Park variety page anymore. So I gest the standards have changed in people's eyes as to what is Typical and what is Atypical. The Duke, you will have to just grow out the plant for yourself to see if it will keep up its bright red traps. Phong
  11. Yes, Dean Cook's "Big Mouth"s are all acclimatised now. But you see I bought the "Big Mouth" when it first appeared on his site about over 3 years ago. I got the plant that was straight from Australia dormant. (It was mentioned on the site). Today all his plants are cuttings from that original stock or some other stock. I really don't think the dormancy matters for VFTs as they are really resilient growers. I don't have experience with Sar dormancy but I'm assuming you can skip one year and be OK. Best to break your plant's habit as soon as possible because eventually you'll have to do it. Or I guess you could give it a breif resting period in the fridge for about a month or so then resume growth In late May.
  12. If your weather is warm, let the plants break dormancy early. Shouldn't be a problem with the VFT's since I did that before. Cook's sent me a dormant "Big Mouth" plant from Australia and I let it break dormancy. Turned out fine. Hey did you get a "Dingley Giant" by any chance? What VFT's did you get?
  13. Nice bog. Lucky San Diego climate!
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