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Venus Fly Trap

Scott McPhee hyphae at msn.com
Thu Apr 30 03:08:25 EST 1998

OK, but why would you want to experiment with the amount of fertilizer it
takes to kill your plant unless you have quite a few. And wouldn't you think
that growers that have a lot would have tried fertilizer before. I have read
that you should keep at least one trap feeding at a time, and mine seems
happy this way. I don't feel the need to risk the health of my plant by
fertilizing, there is no shortage of bugs around here.

Scott Mcphee

Kitty wrote in message <6i8m0f$gkv$1 at mark.ucdavis.edu>...
>According to what I have read about for a report . . . the
>only reason that the Venus Flytrap needs to catch insects is
>to get nutrients that are defficient in their natural
>habitat.  So . . . in theory, fertilizing will work just as
>well.  But the Venus Flytrap lives in places where nutrients
>are so deficient that they don't have to compete and so they
>have adapted another way of getting much needed nutrients to
>survive.  The insects can be thought of as a different way
>of fertilization.
>I have also read that even in the wild . . . the traps die
>after a couple of catches and new ones grow in to take their
>place in a rosett kinda formation.
>>> 2- Can the Flytrap actually live without flies for a
>prolonged period- can
>>> they live off of sunlight alone? (In other words, would
>one survive indoors
>>> as a houseplant in a bug free environment?)
>>> My niece asked me, and I don't know what to tell her and
>havent found any
>>> info elsewhere...
>>In my personal experience VFTs can live for several months
>(maybe even
>>years??) without any food. They should not even need to be
>>If you feed the plants with 2 or 3 houseflies or bugs you
>will have
>>strong plants for years.
>>Just keep in mind that VFTs (as well as most other CPs)
>need a very high
>>light intensity and a high air humidity (at least 50-60%
>>Finally a little hint: The number of trap movements is
>limited. You can
>>stimulate a closure of the leaves up to 6 or even 10 times.
>After that,
>>the leaf will die.
>>If you need further infos, you can try http://www.gfp.org
>>Stefan Sehnbruch
>>Gelsenkirchen, Germany
>>--- Experience is quite useful,
>>--- normally you have it a short time after you needed it !

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