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I did my first leaf-pull when I found a distorted leaf with a blackened trap.

Since it wasn’t looking its best it didn’t seem too much of a sacrifice to experiment with it.

After a few weeks, I saw a nub forming at the base of the leaf. This soon became a baby dionaea muscipula pink venus with its own miniature traps.

It was my first! I was thrilled and I knew I was going to try again.    

Today I found 2 more leaves with blackened traps. More leaf-pull material! I loathe using perfect leaves with good traps.   😛

Here’s how I did the leaf-pull:

1. Isolate the leaf.

2. Tug the leaf carefully at a downward angle away from the plant so that you get the whole leaf right down to its white base.

3. Lay the leaf on a bed of moistened long fibre sphagnum. Cut off the trap if it is black.

4. Cover a bit of the base with some of the sphagnum moss.

5. Sit this in a shallow dish of water in bright light but away from full sun.

6. Wait for signs of growth and move to a position in full sun.

 

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IMG_0243_vftMy pink venus loves the sun.

Since moving it to the front of the garden where it enjoys the sun all day, it has responded well and thrown out more leaves and traps. Even the colour has deepened.

baby vftThe plantlet that grew from a leaf I had stuck into the sphagnum moss is growing as well, and  is currently about 1 cm across.  

Now I’m quite tempted to pull a few more vft leaves …   😀

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Here’s an update on the baby after 2 months:

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Venus fly traps

IMG_5390_VFT regular form

typical form

“See, don’t touch!” I read the terse notice. “What a killjoy. What antisocial behavior,” I thought. That was during my pre-carnivorous plant days. Now I am tempted to stick a similar notice for my VFTs.

When I read that a Dionaea muscipula (VFT) trap turns black once it’s closed 3 or 4 times, I paled. Have I ever jabbed at a VFT trap just for the thrill of seeing it snap shut? Has my curiosity ever killed a VFT? I hope not.

I thought of getting a plant but I didn’t want to spend hard-earned money on what looked like a huge challenge with a slim chance of survival. My friend bought a VFT one summer but it didn’t last through autumn, much less winter.

But when my first few droseras survived, I felt I could take on Goliath. “Am I ready? Am I?” I asked the CP experts eagerly. I was asked to wait awhile. Now I know why patience is said to be a virtue.

And finally, it happened. Christmas came early this year when I was given a pot of Dionaea muscipula ‘regular form’. Oh, joy!

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And then another kind soul gave me a barerooted VFT red dragon. It was a beauty. “But what do I do with this?” I wondered. It was like being handed a newborn baby but seriously, I’d be more confident dealing with that.

I planted it in long fibre sphagnum, placed it in a shallow dish of water and hoped for the best. It seems to be quite contented with its lot and now has more than twice the original number of leaves and traps.

IMG_6278dionaea muscipulaBut something wasn’t quite right. It didn’t look well. The red dragon was turning green at the gills despite getting 5 hours of sun daily.

“Give it more sunlight,” I was told. I made space for it in the dish reserved for my sarracenias.

The daily dose of full sunshine did the trick and the rich maroon colour returned once more.

Like all CPs, VFTs are highly addictive. I went on to get another Dionaea muscipula with rosy traps, a VFT pink venus and some juvenile royal reds.

I wonder what’s next?

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pink venus

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