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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Venus Flytrap Seedling Update

Followers of this wee bloglet may recall that back in the summer of 2016 I decided to have a go at growing Venus Flytraps from seed. 
Some online doom-monsters at the time declared that allowing a VFT to flower in the first place would result in its untimely death, so being the rebel that I am, I ignored all the advice and let them bloom their floral socks off.

I then collected the seeds and scattered them on top of a fresh tray of rain soaked carnivorous compost, popped a lid on top and waited patiently. By December 2016 I had a tray of tiny seedlings with the beginnings of their toothy, fly-munching jaws.
Fast forward to Feb 2018 and my seedlings are now about 2cm across. Growth has been slow but I'm a patient woman. I've moved them up to individual pots and they're doing really well. They live in the hot greenhouse from spring to early winter with their feet in rainwater and I bring them into the freezing, but frost free conservatory during the winter.

And what about the mother plant...what was her fate?
She looks pretty rough huh? NOT!
She also flowered in 2017...ooh...and she's flowering again now.
I think not.


Anonymous said...

Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

Pam's English Garden said...

Well done, Jane. I always associate Venus fly trap with the word 'difficult.'Maybe, I'll have another go. P. x

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