Wow! That DCXL looks like a pile-o-****! Perhaps a repot is in order? o: Maybe into a different medium like milled LFS.
lmao yeah not looking too hot. I did try growing a few vfts this year in LFS (indoors) and they seemed to really like it. Possibly more than my cp mix. I have yet to test my ppm so that should be illuminating.
Maybe I should take your suggestion, plus bring it indoors and put it under the T5s... I guess it would be dumb to just leave it outside and loose it.
Regarding which plants did well, it's all pretty subjective - if you take the same batch of plants and grow them in a greenhouse, perhaps other clones would really shine. I'm sharing my experience, for this particular grow season - some of you probably have the same plants and are observing them growing completely differently
If I could only grow 4 vft clones (choosing from what I have, I mean), I'd have to choose King Henry, B52, Jaws, and G17 (Megatraps.)
damn man, that sucks that the DCXL isn't doing well for you, what time of year did you acquire it? Perhaps the clone you got is a point mutation and should be re-named Dionaea 'Mike's little Wang' err, ahem, medium sized...
Thanks for the report Bill, was pleasantly surprised by what does well for you and what doesn't. Anyone know if Dutch Delight is the same thing as Dutch? Here's my D. 'Dutch', originally from California Carnivores. It's not the best clone since sliced bread, but I like it! Does it stick out of the crowd, and do I see any unique characteristics with this clone? No. However, variety is the spice of life, so even though this is a plain jane clone, it grows well enough to be a keeper:
yeah, not bad:
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Post by billredlionpa on Aug 4, 2015 23:33:56 GMT -5
Hey Mike! I bet 'Dutch' is a totally different clone. Certainly looks a little more enthusiastic for life than mine Next growing season, I might try topdressing my vft pots with a thin layer of pure sand. Check out this group planting of unidentified clones (I purchased them on eBay as unknown... iirc the seller claimed there might be some of the more common cultivars mixed in with common stock.)
The sand is a perfect 'self-healing' medium and I think the vfts appreciate not having peat caked and drying on them after each storm. It also hasn't sunk into or mixed with the underlying cp mix.
I know my flytraps seem to prefer using straight sphagnum moss for a potting media. I have two division of the same flytrap clone growing in both beat mix and sphagnum and the division potting in pure sphagnum is growing much better than the peat/sand/perlite division. This is only the first year in those pots so they may perform differently once acclimated for a growing season but right now it looks like LFS is the preferred potting media for flytraps. At least in my conditions..
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some more pictures, photos taken 8/9/15. Here's a typical vigorous and decent sized clone that was from the 1990's. It can produce pretty big traps, but I wouldn't consider them giants. Just realized this protractor is pretty complicated to read (aka not dum-dum proof): the trap is 1.63" long (hard to tell from the picture because the trap has a slight curve, which adds more length to it if you flatten it out). Sure, you get more significant figures with this protractor, but I prefer to be able to read the number right off the ruler instead of needing a calculator (technically speaking, it's 1 and 5/8")
Seriously, I think this protractor aka wanna-be ruler is as old as this clone (found it in storage, it's from the 90's too when I took geometry):
Looks bigger and more impressive in person...in any case, this is pretty fat:
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What up Mike, OK here's my stash, 2015 season. Sorry it took so long. I had to figure out how to post here. Most of you have seen these photos under "Cluster of Venus Flytraps" via Flytrap forum....I refer to this collection as "VFT-Row". Nothing big, most are store culture collections I obtained through the years, early 1990's. Very few grown from seed, some 10 years old, few are 20 all in the mixed. Back in the 70's I got my first VFT from a advertisement posted in a Marvel Comics magi and through a commercial that aired on TV. Most of you are 2nd-gen and may not remember that. My mother bought me my first solid plant when we lived in Orlando FL, 1978. I didn't really keep track of ID's with exception of the obvious one like B52 and Dente's. If they looked the same or closer it went into that pot. I rather have them separated but to compromise with my with Wife and her out-door cooking space, I clustered them all together. (She wasn't really happy that I was hog-in up all the space) When I was a kid I saw this amazing photo of a bunch of VFT's in one pot in Donald Schnell's book "Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada", it been my goal to replicate that ever since...
I concentrated on growing a clone of colorful traps that I obtained about 11 years ago. This plant has solid red inner lobes with red lines that parallels along the teeth on the outer lobes. The plant also has pink teeth. This typical plant is very "PRETTY" and the most vigor, well adapted VFT I've grown here in So-Cal. Through the years I've lost so many different types of VFT's that now I just tend to keep the ones that do well for me under Zone 10 conditions. The weak rot and die while the strong survive, that's the way of things. The ways of the "FORCE" (Yoda) No...seriously...with that being said: VFT B52, VFT JAWS, VFT Royal Red, VFT Maroon Monster, VFT Red Akai Ryu, VFT G17 (I believe it is), and the VFT-TYP's (for Typical). Dente has always been a problem from the start but I like the plant so much that I refuse to give it up. JAWs is very vigorous and huge but mine has grown smaller this season because its dividing. The latest one I am trying to grow AGAIN is "Big Mouth" which so far has been doing very well. Plants get full direct morning sun, then partial shade mid-day then full afternoon sun till dusk.
I agree that it seems like using LFS to grow VFT's is more dominate now than before. Here in SoCal Zone 10, I have had great success using LFS for VFT, BUT, under controlled conditions only hence inside a green house or on a window sill. Plants grew very vigorous but didn't have a fair shot at munching vs. plants grown outside. LFS for VFT's outside didn't work for me at all due to quick dry-up and green algae growth hidden with-in the moss. I believe the algae growth was due to frequent watering to keep the soil moist while under the immense summer heat. I would definitely use LFS for greenhouse VFTS and to start-up more sensitive plants like Alien or purple ambush.
Thanks Mike for allowing me to share these photos here............................
Mike I saw that photo of a baby Liz that was getting munch on by your VFT. Thats messed up man...but yeah I agree big time, that's fair and square. Its the lizards fault for not being intelligent enough to see that its mouth not a leaf. Lizards are very helpful though. They eat-up all the crickets, roaches, black widows, rolly-bugs. Plus its just nice to see them living your your garden space. I'll grab them from my neighbors yards and bring them over to mine hoping they will like my front yard setup and decide to reside there with me. They don't stay. They bail out rejecting my hospitality.
One time my kids saw a monarch butterfly trapped inside the mouth of S-flava Rugelii. They asked me if I could free it so I stuck a chop-stick down there and it climbed out. My kids placed it on the lid of the plant hoping it would recover and fly away. The next day it was dead probably from shock so I just dropped it back into the mouth. Your VFT that ate that lizard, wonder what the out-come will be. Bones and really fat VFT..................check it out later and show us please...
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
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adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
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sarrseens: How about $50
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