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Sorry for the poor wording. This year I have been trying to cross pollinate my red piranha and "Dentate" Venus flytraps and should hopefully have some seeds in the next week. Will the first tiny traps have the tooth shape, colouration etc of the mature traps or will I need to wait 3 years+ to decide which are worth keeping? I am new to growing flytraps from seed and I understand that the seeds will be a genetic mix, so i will get a variety of plants from the seeds. Please correct me if any of this is inaccurate.

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you got seeds already this season? How have you achieved this?

regarding your question, its not possible to say how they will turn out for the reason you have given in your own post.

let us know how they turn out later in the season

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You won't need to wait 3+ years. You should be able to tell fairly early on which plants might have unique characteristics, but you won't be able to get a full evaluation of the plant's characteristics until they're adult sized.

To possibly grow them to adulthood in less than a year (yes, it can be done -- I didn't believe it was possible for a long time), see this article:

http://www.flytrapcare.com/feeding-venus-fly-traps.html

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The first traps all look pretty much the same, and all juveniles tend to look quite bristly. Colour characteristics can be apparent in year 1, but it can often take until year 3 for most features to show

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you got seeds already this season? How have you achieved this?

regarding your question, its not possible to say how they will turn out for the reason you have given in your own post.

let us know how they turn out later in the season

I haven't quite got seeds yet, but the flowers have died back and are starting to swell and die off, so i'm expecting some in the next week or 2. My plants did come out of dormancy a little early this year so have had a slightly longer growing season. I will post updates if i have any success later this year! 

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You won't need to wait 3+ years. You should be able to tell fairly early on which plants might have unique characteristics, but you won't be able to get a full evaluation of the plant's characteristics until they're adult sized.

To possibly grow them to adulthood in less than a year (yes, it can be done -- I didn't believe it was possible for a long time), see this article:

http://www.flytrapcare.com/feeding-venus-fly-traps.htm

That's very interesting thanks, I might do a trial trying 50% with this technique and just leaving the others to do their thing.. 

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You won't need to wait 3+ years. You should be able to tell fairly early on which plants might have unique characteristics, but you won't be able to get a full evaluation of the plant's characteristics until they're adult sized.

To possibly grow them to adulthood in less than a year (yes, it can be done -- I didn't believe it was possible for a long time), see this article:

http://www.flytrapcare.com/feeding-venus-fly-traps.html

 

Does it make any difference if you use frozen blood worms, or Tubifex worms?

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frozen blood worms are fine I use them liberally all the time and every cp just loves them

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frozen blood worms are fine I use them liberally all the time and every cp just loves them

Thanks, I might have to try this with my small divisons.  A lot of them struggle to catch much in my hot house.

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