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Old 04-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #1 
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My new Venus Fly Trap rescue :P

So I "rescued" a Venus Fly Trap from Lowes a few days ago (according to the VFT forum I visit, plants form big chain hardware stores and never properly cared for and often need some TLC). I love him.

To continue the Skyrim theme I have going for all my critters, I decided to name him "Krosis" after one of the Dragon Priest masks. I think he suits his name. I was going to name him after a dragon, but I figured I would save those names for bettas only :P

Here are some pictures and a video of me feeding him







http://youtu.be/p5LtGtuFV2I
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #2 
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Fascinating! I think I giggled at the same moment you did!! hehehe
How often does it get a bug? and I'm assuming it gets watered like a reg plant? Do you have to mist it to keep it humid?
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #3 
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Oh he looks good! Is he planted in pure sphagnum moss do you know? Pure sphag can be bad for them due to it being able to retain 20x its weight in water so the 50:50 peat/perlite (or silica sand) is usually recommended; overwatering can cause root rot.

The long, spindly growth should shorten and become more robust as he gets used to your care and the change in his environment. Congrats! :D
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #4 
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Aw lucky. I've been meaning to get some more of these, they're epic. Don't have any atm.
I'd get some tweezers, it'd help much faster. I'm sure you know already but the bug has to touch 3 of the hairs inside to trigger the trap. :)
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #5 
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I never knew about the squeezing part

I had one when I was much younger. Not sure if I remember what happened to it tho.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #6 
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Jackie - They can catch 3-5 bugs a month. Their soil needs to stay moist, but I haven't looked to see if they need daily watering yet. Still learning about their care.

Spooky - I just bought a bag of Peat Moss and Perlite to mix, which is the recommended soil for them. They're currently in the container they came in because I was trying to get the soil on my way up to school (and the pictures were taken this morning).

Olympia - I know xD. And they were, which was weird. Guess it just took him a minute hahaha.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #7 
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I guess he's on the slow side? :p
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #8 
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Now I really want a VFT, despite managing to kill even the most basic fern. :p I'd probably remember to take better care of it if it was animate like that...
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #9 
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I have an aloe vera plant that I adore, and I've ALWAYS wanted a VFT so when I found him, I had to get him.
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That's great :) I'm sure he'll thrive in your care!
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