Charles Powell, II powell2@sbcglobal.net
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 10:57:39 PDT
Venus fly traps are fairly easy to grow, if given their like - pure  
water, lots of sun, and winter dormancy - lost of any of these will  
kill them in the long run.  Growing medium can be a sphagnum peat/ 
coarse sand mix at about 1:3 or 1:4, or a peat/sphagnum moss mix, at  
about the same ratio, with or without sand, or straight sphagnum  
moss.  The traps will trigger 3-4 times before dying and if they  
don't get anything to eat (like your triggering the traps for fun)  
your slowly killing the plant.  Their native to a small region in  
Virginia, not far from DC, and there are many, many different  
cultivars now days - check out some of the carnivorous plant  
discussion groups.



On Apr 30, 2007, at 9:00 AM, pbs-request@lists.ibiblio.org wrote:

> I am responding to the above discussion on Venus Fly Traps - I have  
> seen
> them growing wild in the Appalachicola State Forest here in FL and  
> they prefer
> open sunny locations with moist acidic soils, not too different  
> than where you
> would find pitcher plants.  They die back during the winter months  
> and come
> back up in the spring.  I don't know if they need a winter  
> dormancy, like  our
> pitcher plants seem to need in order to thrive long term or how  
> much cold
> they can handle - but we get some solid freezes each winter that  
> far  north.

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