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Mini Grow Kits, venus fly trap, pumpkins, tomatoes £1 @ ASDA
Mini Grow Kits, venus fly trap, pumpkins, tomatoes £1 @ ASDA

Mini Grow Kits, venus fly trap, pumpkins, tomatoes £1 @ ASDA

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Great for kids, you get a mini terracotta pot, seeds, and compressed peat/cocopress tablet. Just add water to the compressed compost and bury the seeds, within a few weeks your chosen plant will start growing!

The venus fly trap has 10 or so seeds which is a great price alone! They're usually more expensive.

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Original Poster

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Nice one, will go on my way home. Thanks, H+R added.

can't find this on the site, closest is £4.23

coll do these plants actually try and snap at you?

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your welcome =] they should be on the gardening isle near the seeds! I've only noticed them this week so they might be new. Alternatives online are £3 +delivery!

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tubbyasstoo;5258963

can't find this on the site, closest is £4.23


I didn't check online, maybe its instore only? What was the £4.23 you found?

tonico;5258976

coll do these plants actually try and snap at you?


If you touch the hairs inside them they do! lol

bought the pumpkin one for my little girl about 8 weeks ago and already growing well, good buy

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it was a normal price, not reduced or anything

bought the pumpkin one for my little girl about 8 weeks ago and already … bought the pumpkin one for my little girl about 8 weeks ago and already growing well, good buy


Nice one! I planted mine up yesterday, got both the venus fly trap and pumpkin as I'm already growing lots of tomatoes. I hope the pumpkin doesn't get too big I don't have enough room for it lol

Cheers, OP. I've always fancied a venus fly trap since I was a kid at school, ?* years ago....!! I'm gonna pick one of thee up. Thanks again. H & R to you.

Jumpingphil;5259786

Never give the Venus Fly Trap tap water.Put a container outside to … Never give the Venus Fly Trap tap water.Put a container outside to collect rain water and use that or you will kill it. :thumbsup:



what about in the summer when there is not much rain.whats the problem with tap water.like he idea of venus fly traps i must say.good find!

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Jumpingphil;5259786

Never give the Venus Fly Trap tap water.Put a container outside to … Never give the Venus Fly Trap tap water.Put a container outside to collect rain water and use that or you will kill it. :thumbsup:



I read that on the box after giving them tap water eep! They probably won't germinate now why is it they require rain water?

We tried to grow venus fly traps from seed a few years ago and they were really difficult to grow, infact nothing did do, but these might be easier or different variations and remember the rain water thing....tricky things to grow they are.

What aisle?

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good site for them here:
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What aisle?


They were at the end of the gardening aisle at my asda, near the seeds.

jack_mj;5259900

what about in the summer when there is not much rain.whats the problem … what about in the summer when there is not much rain.whats the problem with tap water.like he idea of venus fly traps i must say.good find!


Venus fly traps grow in acidic conditions. Tapwater is often alkaline (especialy if it is "hard") so they don't like it

theclaretvillain;5260194

Venus fly traps grow in acidic conditions. Tapwater is often alkaline … Venus fly traps grow in acidic conditions. Tapwater is often alkaline (especialy if it is "hard") so they don't like it



Just a theory, but would a few drops of lemon juice added to the water shift the ph to the point of being sufficiently acidic for them?

steer clear of the lemon juice!

knock on a door or two & ask if they've as litre of "butt" water to be spared from neighbours, just never ever tapwater.
I used to grow Venus flytraps in the 70's as a lad, stick a polybag over em to make a mini greenhouse effect & improve their growing conditions..
I used to get mine to the flowering stage (was a very proud kid).
they don't like draughts, cold excessive sunshine etc, so it can be a bit of a balancing act. resist the temptation to make them snap, as the hairs cause that part of the trap to die off thereafter. tiny bits of mince are crud too.. just try & grow it in order to admire it.

MR GUS;5260484

steer clear of the lemon juice! knock on a door or two & ask if they've … steer clear of the lemon juice! knock on a door or two & ask if they've as litre of "butt" water to be spared from neighbours, just never ever tapwater.I used to grow Venus flytraps in the 70's as a lad, stick a polybag over em to make a mini greenhouse effect & improve their growing conditions..I used to get mine to the flowering stage (was a very proud kid).they don't like draughts, cold excessive sunshine etc, so it can be a bit of a balancing act. resist the temptation to make them snap, as the hairs cause that part of the trap to die off thereafter. tiny bits of mince are crud too.. just try & grow it in order to admire it.


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Id take note everyone, these are not in anyway easy to grow.

krato;5259931

I read that on the box after giving them tap water eep! They probably … I read that on the box after giving them tap water eep! They probably won't germinate now why is it they require rain water?



Tab water is slightly chlorinated and slightly alkaline as well. Some plants don't like it.
Rain water on the other hand is slightly acidic.

dxx;5260436

Just a theory, but would a few drops of lemon juice added to the water … Just a theory, but would a few drops of lemon juice added to the water shift the ph to the point of being sufficiently acidic for them?



Lemon juice is on a much lower pH scale (lemon = pH2) than carbonated water (rain water = pH6)
A factor of 4 in pH (logarithmic scale) means lemon juice is 10^4 = 10000 times more acidic than rain water.

You'd need proper (I do mean proper industrial) chemistry titration equipment to try to neutralise the pH of tap water that percisely.


However, come to think of it, sparkling spring water may do it. Although due to concentration they may need to be diluted and carbon dioxide need to be let out first.

On a side note, does anyone know if they sell Mimosa Pudica (The sensitive plant) ? I think they are equally fun.

may get one tommow if they have any

These fly-trappy things are dangerous.....I can remember once when I was a lad, getting my pork-flopper caught in one, in the toilets......had to break the sip in the end !
Anyway, just wanted to alert you all to the dangers :w00t:

Cool I'll have a look tomorrow, what branches have they been seen in so far?????

Also Never use tap water to geminate them or feed them, they dont like it, get spring water if you have not got any rain water

If you havent got rain water use the ice that forms on the walls of your freezer - no hardness - neutral - wont do any harm.
Probably best to melt and warm it first :whistling: its warm on Venus :-D

Don't try and grow them from seed, you will fail. For a couple of quid you can buy a reasonably mature flytrap from Homebase or the like. It is then just a matter of glugging a centimetre of spring water into its saucer every now and then and watching the bluebottles drop like ..........errrrrrr, flies.

Anything can be grown from seed, if patient and give the correct conditions. Suppose it helps I have a spare tempearature controlled viv from my last snake, plants love it in there! My chillies have gone mental this year

ok I know quite a bit about VFT's from one B&Q plant I divided every year and got dozens over a three year period!

Facts:

They do NOT like tap water
- Carnivorous plants grow in conditions where there are no dissolved minerals in the water and very little if any fertile soil, hence why they need to predate on insects to get these nutrients. They also as mentioned above require acidic water.
Rain water OR halfords battery topup DI water just perfect!

They NEED serious amounts of sun - South facing window is a minimum really - greenhouse is best!

They must be fed on live food - once the trap is sprung the hairs need to be continually triggered to make the trap close fully and start digestion. Traps die after about three trappings - basically this means NO MEAT or dead insects that traps may rot.

These are also bog plants which means put the plant pot in a tray and never let he tray run out of water!

They must sleep in the winter but also need to be protected from frost. Again greenhouse a good place.

DO NOT COVER WITH BAGS they will probably get botrytis (incurable fungus) and die.

As mentioned above seeds are possibly a waste of time with VFT's as they do not remain viable for more than three months. A vft will take about 5 years to reach maturity too!

You know you are doing well when they produce flowers in springtime :thumbsup:

Oh if you want to see some amazing carnivorous plants grown in the UK visit CPUK!

I bet very few if anyone will come back to this thread in a years time and say they were successful but I would like to be proven wrong!

jack_mj;5259900

what about in the summer when there is not much rain.



:-D

To grow from seed I guess you could place a bag over the pot to simulate a green house.

Trouble is seedlings are very prone to fungus and fungus loves high humidity. I grew seeds without any of that no probs!

I might be being extremely stupid but did i get seeds in my kit?
I got a bag containing what looks like sand but no black bits, which is what i was expecting...

Cool...I will have a look out for these @ Lunch Time

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Original Poster

The seeds are black and tiny in a small bag of sand, if you had no black bits then =s I dunno lol they are a little tapered so if u look closely see if u can see any bits with a point at one end

Just grabbed 2 from Stafford, plus a sunflower one for my GFs daughter. They went through as 3 for 2 as well, so only 66p each

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tek-monkey;5269095

Just grabbed 2 from Stafford, plus a sunflower one for my GFs daughter. … Just grabbed 2 from Stafford, plus a sunflower one for my GFs daughter. They went through as 3 for 2 as well, so only 66p each



If only I knew that I could have got an extra free one!

Can confirm it is 3 for 2.

went to my one today none there and looked on th shelf sticker no name saying any about but they did have sunflower and a donasaw one
i was looking forward to getting one as well
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