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    • #1174
      LrdGeno
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      My wife just bought me a venus fly trap, and i really don’t know anything about them. Does anyone know where I can find some information on feeding them, light requirements… etc?

    • #24807
      mith
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      A venus fly trap supplements its diet because its usual habitat has poor soil. If you have good soil, I don’t think you have to feed it but, feeding it is one of the appeals no?

    • #24809
      Winter
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      interesting pet 😯 😀

      here are some sites that you can find information on venus fly traps:

      http://www.collectorscorner.com.au/plants/Venusinst.htm

      http://www.pitcherplant.com/care_sheets … _care.html

      http://www.petflytrap.com/care.html

    • #24827
      b_d_41501
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      Interesting pet indeed! lol 😀

    • #24830
      LrdGeno
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      thanks for the info. We have pretty good soil, but you’re right the appeal is watching it eat stuff. exciting!

    • #24841
      MrMistery
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      That is my favourite plant… I want to get one.. It is a wonder of nature, the only plant that can execute such a quick move that it catches an insect. By the way, if anyone cares(probably not)it’s real name is Dionea muscipulla.
      Don’t put your fingers into it, it does smart 😉

    • #24864
      LrdGeno
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      thanks for the warning, ’cause that is one of the things I was going to do when it got a bit bigger! haha, now the other question is, how do insects to get caught by it? Just grap ’em with tweezers and stick them in there. That’s what i was planning to do.

    • #24867
      b_d_41501
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      When flies and other flying insects land on it it quickly traps them, hence “Venus Fly Trap” 😉

    • #24869
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      Yup, knew that. However mine is in my house and we don’t have any flies or insects, at least none that I can see. And the thought of going and getting like 100 gnats and letting them go inside dosn’t exactly sound appealing! lol

    • #24891
      mith
      Participant

      Well, the plant eats insects for proteins…maybe you can try a small slice of beef?

    • #24939
      Poison
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      Proteins? May be a slightly right term. But ‘nitrogen’ is a better term for this subject, I think…

    • #24942
      MrMistery
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      A plant can transaminate all the 20 aminoacids it needs to make proteins. It need nitrogen in order to do this. Some plants get it from nitartes in the ground, legumes from the rhizobium bacteria it lives with and venus fly trap from sigesting insects. So i think proteins works, as LrdGeno probably wasn’t interested in the methabolism of plants 😉

    • #24944
      Poison
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      But the plant is using nitrogen, not aminoacids directly.

    • #24946
      MrMistery
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      it uses nitrogen to make aminos and aminos to make proteins

    • #24947
      Poison
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      Yes, but they can synthesize all the 20 aminoacids. I mean the used part of the insect is ‘nitrogen’. But anyway, protein is not a wrong word either.

    • #24948
      MrMistery
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      Yes it is… What i was trying to say is that if you say “It needs nitrogen” to a non-geek person they will ask “What does it need nitrogen for?” and you say Proteins… But let’s not argue on this… Nothing good comes out of it

    • #24958
      LrdGeno
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      Right, nothing like two people who know way way more than i do about plants arguing! haha, makes for intresting reading. Anyhow, thanks for the beef idea, that’s what some other people have sugested, i was just wondering what you guys would think. And actually I am intrested in the metobolism of plants, ’cause think if our system worked like that… we would never need to eat… haha!

    • #24973
      MrMistery
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      Actually photosinthesis would not work for us since we consume a lot more energy than a plant, we would need aproximately 100 sq meters of leaves 😉
      Also we would have to drink mineral water all the time 😉

    • #24983
      mith
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      Not necessarily, our gas exchange system is much better than the stoma/guard cell system.
      Also, our body would have to turn transparent/translucent to extract more energy methinks.

    • #24988
      MrMistery
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      I think we discussed this some time ago

    • #25003
      mith
      Participant

      Yup

    • #25053
      LrdGeno
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      Mineral water sucks, but my wife likes it so I guess that means I like it! HA! It’d still be cool not to have to eat. We briefly touched on plants in my biology class, and my professor wanted to spend more time on it but she said she couldn’t because the Dean wouldn’t let her. Anyhow, I’m still intrested in them and how they work so do you guys have any good refrences for a person who knows exactly jack about plants?

    • #25068
      MrMistery
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      There are a lot of persons who know a lot about plants… If you want to find out new things, the tutorials on the site might be a good place to start. If they are to easy, then buy a botany book from your local library. Online books might be a solution, but i hate them. If you have any questions, we will be more than happy to answer them. I am proud to say that i like plants and know a few things about them…
      Regards,
      Andrew

    • #25117
      MrMistery
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      I bought on today. It is very small but i hope it will grow eventually. This plant is truly a masterpiece of nature

    • #25139
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      awesome! did you leave it in the pot? I’m thinking about getting a terrarium for mine, or building one. I’m learning about this little guy, but I’m not sure how to make a home for him. Any suggestions?

    • #25162
      MrMistery
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      I do not know what a terrarium is. I keep mine in a pot. the plant likes sun light and lots of water(once a day is my recomandation). And plenty of flies 😀

    • #25176
      mith
      Participant

      It’s a greenhouse of sorts

    • #25183
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      yeah, it’s kinda like a greenhouse that keeps it humid and keeps the bugs inside so it can get live ones. I’ve read a few things, but they all say different stuff about soil requirements and the guy at the plant store wasn’t much help either! 😆

    • #25184
      MrMistery
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      Dionea is an extrem plant. It can live on soils with a very low concentration of nitrogen, that’s why it catches insects. So it can deffinetly live on normal soil. If you can live on bread, you can live on cakes, right?

    • #25300
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      that’s true, cake is definatly good. We looked at premade terrariums and I think we found one we liked. But it’s like $40! HA, anyhow I think we’re gonna get it so we can keep ours away from our cats!

    • #25378
      MrMistery
      Participant

      When the plants grows big enough, the cats will fear it 😀 😀

    • #25408
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      That would suck pretty bad, but it would be neat to watch a cat get eatin by it. I looked at the links that someone posted, and it had a soil mix, but my dude is still kinda little. His traps arn’t turning red either, but he still looks healthy… so I’m not sure what’s goin on with him. gonna try that soil mix when we buy the house for him and see what happens

    • #25467
      tina1167
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      quote LrdGeno:

      My wife just bought me a venus fly trap, and i really don’t know anything about them. Does anyone know where I can find some information on feeding them, light requirements… etc?

      They originate from the Carolinas…they thrive in warm, moist environments. If you decide to keep in indoors, it will need a terratarium. (I don’t think I spelled that right)
      A glass bowl with a cover, with air holes for it to breath. Repot only if you can get the exact soil it requires. Peatmoss, with sand. 80% peatmoss…20%sand. If you have it indoors you will need to feed it bugs. It only requires a 2-3 a month. It especially likes little slugs. They are easier to digest. It eats spiders, flys, ants..ants tend to be harder to digest so save the plants energy..try insects with no exsokeleton.
      Only plant in ground if you have the right soil. I just bought one myself, I live in the New Hampshire, Southern Maine area. The soil here is not mossy, moist soil. SO I am keeping it in the original container, with the original soil..and keeping in a little bit of sitting distilled water in a small bowl. If it gets bigger i may try to repot. It is really humid here right now, and will be until probably late September so I am keeping it outside on my front porch. It will have a little bit of morning sun. Once it gets colder I will bring it in and make it a little terratarium., We will see how it does. Good luck with yours! I think they are the neatest plants. A plant that eats bugs. I wish we had more of these around here, where the mosquito poplulation is rediculous.

    • #25470
      mith
      Participant

      Would earthworms work? They don’t have a skeleton and are quite squishy 😀

    • #25492
      MrMistery
      Participant

      I think they are too big. But I saw a picture in a book with a Dionea that was digesting a frog, so i think the traps grow as the plant grows. Mine is still only a baby

    • #25502
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      Mine is only a baby too. I’ve been feeding it flys and I think it caught all the gnats in my house because there arn’t any more. But the traps still arn’t red, and it’s getting plunty of sunlight. So now that I know I need a terrierum I’m gonna go buy one. The peeps here only sell peet moss by the cubic yard, so that sucks. Anyhow, thanks for the confermation on the soil mix, that’s the one that was on the site I was reading about. I want mine to get big enough to eat a frog, ’cause that would kick arse.

    • #25516
      MrMistery
      Participant

      I keep it in my room 😀 If it dies, than it really did need a terrerium. Anyways, I can’t affort something like that so there si no other choise

    • #25524
      mith
      Participant

      Send us a video when your plant starts eating frogs 😀

    • #25525
      tina1167
      Participant
      quote mithrilhack:

      Would earthworms work? They don’t have a skeleton and are quite squishy 😀

      I don’t know about Earthworms…I would imagine they would be ok. I use slugs cuz we seem to have an abundance of them in my backyard.

    • #25527
      biostudent84
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      quote MrMistery:

      I do not know what a terrarium is.

      Simplest explanation. An AQUArium is a tank filled with water (aqua). A TERRArium is a tank filled with soil (terra, meaning earth). Terrariums aren’t as filled with medium as much as aquariums are (medium=earth vs water), but that’s just technicalities 😉

    • #25532
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      when mine starts eating frogs i’ll make a video. I’ll also make a video when it eats one of my cats!

    • #25635
      MrMistery
      Participant

      Lol… I can imagine a Dionea eating a cat…

    • #25683
      LrdGeno
      Participant

      we fed it a spider today. It was pretty sweet! It was still on it’s web hanging from the celing, so we just got the little plant put the spider in one of the traps and watched it get closed into a slow and probally very painfull death! Nature kicks arse!

    • #38780
      travis_48
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      ummm do u know wat to feed a baby venus fly trap?i need help every thing i try to feed mine is too big.can u help me? 😆 plzz help my trap really needs to eat

    • #38838
      Belana
      Participant

      feed it with a piece of beef? 😀 What happened? 😉

    • #41684
      Juj4ever
      Participant

      I buy at least one a year, but they always die. This year I saw them on display at OSH. Usually they look like they already have 1 foot already in the grave. This time they looked super healthy, and thriving. I just took them out of there little pots and made a home for them. I plan on keeping them indoors. I had this Crystal fruit bowl. Its not really deep, almost like a concave plate, no more than 3 inches high, with a gradual slant. I covered the whole bottom with some white little rocks all over the bottom. Then I mixed up some violet african soil with peat moss and filled it up making a little hill. Moistened it with some bottled water (thats all I had). I then Transplanted my two little babys. Said a prayer, I am hoping they will like their new home. Both had outgrew their little nursery pots. Wish me luck! 🙂 😆 😀

    • #41765
      victor
      Participant

      Interesting topics of Dionea here..:D
      a couple of days ago, I’ve just had my plant structure and development class and one of my friend asked this question…
      "if the venus fly trap eats insect (i.e. fly) then, where’s the metabolic wastes of that thing??"
      My lecturer said, "good question but need really hard answer because it haven’t been experimented yet"…

      is it really like that? I’m start to curious also…:?

    • #41794
      MrMistery
      Participant

      metabolic wastes? what ever do you mean? the plant absorbes only what it needs…

      BY the way, my dionea dies a few months ago. I went to camp and my mother watered it every day eevry day for 2 weeks.

    • #41838
      victor
      Participant
      quote MrMistery:

      metabolic wastes? what ever do you mean? the plant absorbes only what it needs…

      What I mean is like this, VFT plant traps flies and absorbs things it need (assuming nitrogen and proteins). So, how about the chytine?? does VFT excretes it out?? or it metabolizes that thing?? 😕

    • #103597
      Saladfairy1
      Participant

      Will it hurt Venus fly trap if my cat peed in the tank

    • #104497
      JackBean
      Participant
      quote victor:

      quote MrMistery:

      metabolic wastes? what ever do you mean? the plant absorbes only what it needs…

      What I mean is like this, VFT plant traps flies and absorbs things it need (assuming nitrogen and proteins). So, how about the chytine?? does VFT excretes it out?? or it metabolizes that thing?? 😕

      I think it doesn’t even break the chitin down

    • #105498
      Vaucheria
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      I’ve had Dionaea muscipula for some time… As well as some other carnivorous species. I kept it in a pot, had to order sphagnum soil but it was worth it. It was a real pain keeping my carnivorous plants alive as the climate here is not very welcoming for most of them, so I had to do everything I could to make the air humidity right. Also, since I am unfortunate enough not to have any sunlight in my apartment, I had to improvise the lights… Not having much money to invest in (and to pay electricity bills that come with special plant lights) I’ve made up a handmade LED lamp – the plants thrived under it! (I must accentuate that I am certainly NOT using my lamp for growing any illegal plants, as people used to ask me that all the time). Anyways, my point was – every condition in my place was the worst for the plants, yet I managed somehow with a bit of effort and they were very healthy and growing, so don’t give up people 🙂 Also, don’t forget about winter dormancy – that’s one of the most common mistakes people make, not letting the plant to go into it’s dormant stage once a year. Refrigerator worked fine for me 🙂

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