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Old 07-28-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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Look Who I Found Hitchhiking

A great member of our community by the name of Oblivion sent me some Venus Fly Traps at no charge(would not even let me pay shipping) and after unpacking the plantings as I went to throw away the box this little guy shoots from inside(box was shipped from New Mexico). Now these are not a cold climate frog, so I grabbed him stuck him inside a 10g tank with peat moss, some driftwood, and a little water and see if I can keep him healthy. Here's a couple pictures of a tree in my house I stuck him on while I set the tank up. Just wanted to publicly say thanks again to Oblivion I'll post some pictures of the traps here soon, we really have a valuable member here and a heck of a nice guy.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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Wow that must have been a big surprise!
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
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glad you liked the 'mystery box' from the great blokes at flytrapcare.com
it was just a little way of personally thanking you for the advice you give to me and various others around here.

im looking forward to the pics of the plants, half the fun of sending a mystery box was not knowing exactly what types of fly traps or sarracenia you was going to get.

hopefully little 'freddo' survives ok after his long journey in a box.
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best.hitchhiker.EVER

good luck keeping him alive
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looks like a cuban tree frog
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:04 PM   #6
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looks like a cuban tree frog
It's a Hyla Cinerea...just a common tree frog found all over the lower parts of the country, nothing exotic or anything just sort of cool the way he arrived.
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Here's a few pictures after planting and what type of plant, plus the seeds he sent from Austrialia arrived this morning which will keep my wife busy tonight with more plantings.
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That was cool of Oblivion too send you them. Cool looking
Plant's. Bottom Right pic reminds me of Lil Shop of Horrors
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That's literally the first question my wife asked how big do they get? And you could see Audrey 2 in her eyes.
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didnt you keep the labels with each clone so you can tell what plant is what in the future?

and you got a czech giant? (jealous smiley)

was there any sarracenia (north american pitcher plants) in with the order, or was it 10 of their various VFT species?

all of the VFT's (venus fly traps) like czech giant, pink venus, red dragon etc, are all clones of the same plant via tissue culture.
anything grown by seed (even a cross of two identical clones) is classified as just an ordinary VFT, even though it may have characteristics of its parents.

however if cared for properly you will find each rhizome will naturally divide on its own, providing you with more clones of the same species.
you can tell because it will have multiple crowns (aka growth points) and maybe even little tiny traps appearing amongst the full grown plant.

theres 3 hairs in the centre of each lobe of the trap. if touched twice in 30sec it will activate the trap. they might not respond at all during colder weather or when less healthy.
dont trigger the traps yourself, they only work a few times then die off.
they also require live prey to struggle and keep triggering the hairs, causing the trap to squeeze tighter and tighter.
let it catch its own prey.

your coming up on winter in the USA, so you can expect them to die back and enter dormancy, where you will get most traps die off, very few new traps, less colour, and very slow growth.
ive even had a "shark tooth" clone die off completely above ground but the rhizome was fine and the following summer it'll re-grow again.

just make sure to keep them moist at all times.
not wet and boggy (causes root + rhizome rot) and not dry out either.

keep them in a water tray during summer, and remove the tray during winter so they can free-drain out the bottom of the pot.
lots of sunlight, the more the better. (full sun ideally, except keep them out of heatwaves eg 100f)

so in a nutshell: keep it moist with pure water at all times, lots of direct sunlight, and the plant will do the rest itself.
they are easier to care for than ppl realise
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