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Potted Venus Flytrap - 50p at Homebase (was £3.99)

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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
Just seen some potted Venus Flytraps in Homebase St Albans.
they're marked FURTHER REDUCTIONS , down to 50p from £3.99p.

To be honest they're looking a bit shagged out but with the hot weather here they'll be getting a bit more to eat :-)
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#1
FEEEEED ME SEYMORE!

class picture +1
#2
I was going to put it in my bedroom but i've freaked myself out now.
#3
drdreidel
FEEEEED ME SEYMORE!

class picture +1


:w00t::-D lmao
#4
My kids would love this, haven't got a Homebase near enough to me, though
#5
I've had a few of these especially when I was young. They always seemed to die from drying out, I think you're supposed to keep the soil they are in in marsh like conditions, so quite warm but very wet too. I remember when I was little I took one on a camping holiday with me, I left it under the caravan during the day thinking it would be cooler under there and wouldn't die, when I came back it have shrivelled up :cry:
#6
mine almost died off over the cold winter... it seems to be coming back to life now!!! :) heres a tip, dont let the flowers grow!! they seep all the energy from the rest of it. Loves light too!
#7
Mrs.Z;8364346
My kids would love this, haven't got a Homebase near enough to me, though


The trouble with kids (not yours I'm sure!) is that they love to see the trap snapping shut. They trigger the trap so often that the plant becomes exhausted as they aren't gaining any nutrition from the constant opening and closing and eventually die.

Tdrtnlz;8364828
I've had a few of these especially when I was young. They always seemed to die from drying out, I think you're supposed to keep the soil they are in in marsh like conditions, so quite warm but very wet too. I remember when I was little I took one on a camping holiday with me, I left it under the caravan during the day thinking it would be cooler under there and wouldn't die, when I came back it have shrivelled up :cry:


Cold will kill these very quickly as will drying out. They grow on shagnum moss which MUST be kept moist. If you have to leave them for a while, it is best to fasten a plastic bag over the pot, secured with a rubber band to keep the plant moist.

As another poster has said, tap water is not good for these. Rain water or distilled water is best.
#8
Thanks for your hints, duly noted. I've just given mine a big drink of tapwater, a one-off isn't going to hurt it right?
#9
Any one know if these will eat ladybirds?
#10
How often should it be watered? Weekly? and from the top or bottom? At the mo I water it from the bottom as my pot has holes to soak up water into the roots, is this wrong?

Have recently repotted it as it grew too large for the pot it was in from homebase, been adviced to repot using peat moss
#11
My GF put one of these in my stocking at x-mas, well not these but the grow your own from seed ones, was gutted (although not surprised) when it didn't grow.

Tempted to get one of these now :) I work at a sewege plant so this little baby will have plenty of food flying around!
#12
Billco
My GF put one of these in my stocking at x-mas, well not these but the grow your own from seed ones, was gutted (although not surprised) when it didn't grow.

Tempted to get one of these now :) I work at a sewege plant so this little baby will have plenty of food flying around!


ewwww
#13
steve_ntfc
Any one know if these will eat ladybirds?


hope so those horrible ones with big black spots
#14
Jumpingphil
Don't give these tap water, rain water only. :thumbsup:


And never ever feed them after midnight.
#15
Worth noting that these sort of reductions tend to be on a individual store basis, so your luck may vary with different stores. They normally get reduced when they start to look tatty, and it's down to the store to how much they reduce.
#16
mattaroon
How often should it be watered? Weekly? and from the top or bottom? At the mo I water it from the bottom as my pot has holes to soak up water into the roots, is this wrong?


They need to be watered everyday (rainwater NOT tap water) in warm weather as they dry out easily. Any other time just make sure the water dish it's in is topped up. Always water in the bottom dish and never on top. Ours are kept in a conservatory and have survived extreme cold, one other thing, don't feed them dead flies as most the nutrients will have gone before the plant gets it, leave it to catch their own or give them fish flakes as a treat if it's not had a fly in a while (believe it or not!).

Last thing, don't force the traps to close for fun, it wastes the plants energy and can eventually kill it.
#17
How often do they need walking?
#18
steve_ntfc
Any one know if these will eat ladybirds?

They will but it gives them spots
#19
dink
The trouble with kids (not yours I'm sure!) is that they love to see the trap snapping shut. They trigger the trap so often that the plant becomes exhausted as they aren't gaining any nutrition from the constant opening and closing and eventually die.


No, that actually probably is a good prediction :thumbsup:

I hadn't thought of that but my 2 (and me LOL!) were enthralled by them at Kew gardens last Summer

Even if I saw one for £4 I would buy it, I have never seen them for sale :)
#20
Lady Birds are good for your plants!!
They eat the life sapping aphids, which plague my Habeneros.
#21
Bleary123;8365600
Thanks for your hints, duly noted. I've just given mine a big drink of tapwater, a one-off isn't going to hurt it right?


You are very welcome. It really depends on the quality of the tap water in your area. I would use rain water or distilled water in future though, to be on the safe side.

steve_ntfc;8365765
Any one know if these will eat ladybirds?


They will certainly snap shut when anything triggers them by brushing against the hairs inside the "trap". Depending on the size of both the plant and the insect, it is then a matter of strength. The plant will start to digest the insect once it has died from the initial grip.

mattaroon;8365837
How often should it be watered? Weekly? and from the top or bottom? At the mo I water it from the bottom as my pot has holes to soak up water into the roots, is this wrong?

Have recently repotted it as it grew too large for the pot it was in from homebase, been adviced to repot using peat moss


Well, you must be doing all the right things if your fly trap is growing too big for the original container! Most people lose them within a couple of weeks.

Again, it depends on your environment, but I would err on the side of "damp" rather than "soaking. The best way to water them is a fine mist from a trigger sprayer bottle.

As I said, you seem to have the combination right - so I would continue as you were doing! :thumbsup:
#22
I'm impressed any of you got these to grow!

I thought they were a con as I they need very humid conditions.
So you keep them covered with a plastic bag - and you can't see them. So why bother?
Don't trigger them because it damages them. So again, why bother?

Maybe worth a try at 50p though.
#23
dink
You are very welcome. It really depends on the quality of the tap water in your area. I would use rain water or distilled water in future though, to be on the safe side.



They will certainly snap shut when anything triggers them by brushing against the hairs inside the "trap". Depending on the size of both the plant and the insect, it is then a matter of strength. The plant will start to digest the insect once it has died from the initial grip.



Well, you must be doing all the right things if your fly trap is growing too big for the original container! Most people lose them within a couple of weeks.

Again, it depends on your environment, but I would err on the side of "damp" rather than "soaking. The best way to water them is a fine mist from a trigger sprayer bottle.

As I said, you seem to have the combination right - so I would continue as you were doing! :thumbsup:


Thanks, I think my biggest error was letting the big stem flower, I wanted the seeds to make more, but its deff zapping the energy away from the plant. Once its flowered and seeded, do i just snip off the main stem from the base then?
http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/115/l_34e6d6b95c3a4107b57ba57d5bb9a7ee.jpg
#24
Anyone know why mine seemed to go through a stage of growing mutated traps, it was growing shoots but the head would not form right curling in on itself, new ones seems to be coming now...

... FYI i read that it will digest raw red meat? mmm maybe it would like some of my whey protein!?

Thanks for the tips, i will need to set up a system to catch rain water now!!

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