Venus Fly Trap

Kitty kcheng at ucdavis.edu
Thu Apr 30 03:40:19 EST 1998


Exactly, that is why I said "in theory . . . " about the
fertilizing part . . . =Þ
Scott McPhee wrote in message ...
>OK, but why would you want to experiment with the amount of
fertilizer it
>takes to kill your plant unless you have quite a few. And
wouldn't you think
>that growers that have a lot would have tried fertilizer
before. I have read
>that you should keep at least one trap feeding at a time,
and mine seems
>happy this way. I don't feel the need to risk the health of
my plant by
>fertilizing, there is no shortage of bugs around here.
>
>Scott Mcphee
>
>]
>Kitty wrote in message <6i8m0f$gkv$1 at mark.ucdavis.edu>...
>>According to what I have read about for a report . . . the
>>only reason that the Venus Flytrap needs to catch insects
is
>>to get nutrients that are defficient in their natural
>>habitat.  So . . . in theory, fertilizing will work just
as
>>well.  But the Venus Flytrap lives in places where
nutrients
>>are so deficient that they don't have to compete and so
they
>>have adapted another way of getting much needed nutrients
to
>>survive.  The insects can be thought of as a different way
>>of fertilization.
>>I have also read that even in the wild . . . the traps die
>>after a couple of catches and new ones grow in to take
their
>>place in a rosett kinda formation.
>>--Kristy
>><snip>
>>>> 2- Can the Flytrap actually live without flies for a
>>prolonged period- can
>>>> they live off of sunlight alone? (In other words, would
>>one survive indoors
>>>> as a houseplant in a bug free environment?)
>>>>
>>>> My niece asked me, and I don't know what to tell her
and
>>havent found any
>>>> info elsewhere...
>><snip>
>>>-2-
>>>In my personal experience VFTs can live for several
months
>>(maybe even
>>>years??) without any food. They should not even need to
be
>>fertilized.
>>>If you feed the plants with 2 or 3 houseflies or bugs you
>>will have
>>>strong plants for years.
>>>Just keep in mind that VFTs (as well as most other CPs)
>>need a very high
>>>light intensity and a high air humidity (at least 50-60%
>>r.H)
>>>Finally a little hint: The number of trap movements is
>>limited. You can
>>>stimulate a closure of the leaves up to 6 or even 10
times.
>>After that,
>>>the leaf will die.
>>>If you need further infos, you can try http://www.gfp.org
>>>
>>>Regards
>>>
>>>--
>>>Stefan Sehnbruch
>>>Gelsenkirchen, Germany
>>>
>>>--- Experience is quite useful,
>>>--- normally you have it a short time after you needed it
!
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>





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