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Hi! So, my local store was selling these Venus…

Hi! So, my local store was selling these Venus flytraps and as a plant lover I ended up buying one, but I can’t find any good sources on how to take care of them, so I was wondering if you have any tips? As I’ve never owned one before and I want to do my best.
Also, most of the traps they were selling were in rough shape, so I tried to find one that wasn’t as banged up,ty!

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Good on you, rescuing a plant destined for certain death! 👏🏽 Flytrap care can be kinda intimidating at first, but as long as you follow these rules, your plant will thrive!

– Water. They like to be kept moist. Never let the soil dry out. In summer they can handle tons of water, but during winter you should only keep them lightly moist. Because of their sensitivity to dissolved solids, flytraps should only be watered with distilled, reverse osmosis, or rain water. Any other kind of water will eventually kill your plant.

– Media. Flytraps come from areas with nutrient-poor soil. Additional minerals/salts found in fertilizers or basic potting soils will kill them. Peat moss, coco coir, or long-fiber sphagnum is best. Mix with perlite or coarse sand, but make sure these are also free of fertilizers or salts.

– Never fertilize. They get all of the nutrients they need from catching insects and soaking up the sun.

– Make sure the pot your plant is in is either plastic or glazed ceramic. Clay or unglazed ceramic pots will soak up salts, which is bad for your plant. Also make sure it has at least one drainage hole, so excess water doesn’t rot your plant.

– Sun. Give at least 4-5 hours of direct light. The more sun, the better. Flytraps can handle full sun all day, every day.

– Dormancy. Flytraps go through a winter dormancy period, and around this time you can expect a lot of the traps to die back and your plant to get smaller. If indoors, they must be kept cold (I keep mine on a chilly windowsill) and watering should be reduced. They start growing again in spring.

And that’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Hello! Sorry to bother you but it’s a bit of a…

Hello! Sorry to bother you but it’s a bit of an emergency! A few months ago my mom found out this poor baby had a nasty mealybug infestation and decided to just let it go. I found it yesterday though and realized it miraculously wasn’t dead yet?? Looks like all/almost all of the mites have died off (along with the leaves, egh) and there’s still a good portion of “healthy” stem left (most of the bottom part and the very tippy top, just barely!) It also started shooting out babies like crazy, probably a last ditch effort to save itself if there was a chance.

So…what should I do? Could I chop off the top and try to regrow it? Would it be worth clipping off the babies around the rotted area and trying to propagate them? or is it just too far gone to do anything now? ^^; Thank-you in advance! 

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The babies are too small to survive on their own at this point, and it looks like rot is setting in along the top of the stem (where it’s blackish). you can try cutting the stem at the soil line, and cutting away the rotting top part. it leaves you with a small section of stem and a few babies, that you should lay on top of some fast-draining soil. if it’s not too far gone, the babies may continue to grow by sucking up nutrients from the stem.

fire sticks

I received a fire stick cutting over three months ago and the poor thing refuses to grow roots. I tried leaving it over some water for a few weeks and have left it in soil for months at a time yet it does nothing and I’m not sure how much longer it will last.  It’s still green but it’s begun to go soft in the not good way.  Is there anything I can do to save it?

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Euphorbia cuttings can be finicky sometimes. water propagation doesn’t usually work for the more succulent ones (like firesticks!), probably because of their super latex-y stems. they need to be rooted more like cacti, in a moist but well-draining media that’s kept warm.

If the cutting is going soft in a rotting kind of way, it’s probably too far gone to save. if it’s going soft because it’s dry and thirsty, you may be able to soak it in water for an hour or two, let it completely dry, then pot it back up. good luck!

Hi! I’m a new follower and I really really lik…

Hi! I’m a new follower and I really really like your blog. I was hoping you might be able to help me ID this guy. He used to have just one rosette on the top, but at the start of this winter four new ones started growing between his leaves. I’ve got quite the mystery on my hands, and any info would help quench my curiosity! Thanks!

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Thank you! 🙂 your plant is an aeonium haworthii. aeoniums are winter growers, so the fact that you’ve got a bunch of new rosettes means that this is a happy plant. all i would recommend is adding a little more grit to the soil. a handful of coarse perlite or pumice mixed in would do just fine.

hey could you help me in identifying this! i h…

hey could you help me in identifying this! i have no idea where to start! it would be really helpful and i rlly don’t want to kill this:( thank you!!

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Pleiospilos nelii!

Hi I came to discover your channel because wit…

Hi I came to discover your channel because with the “gonialoe variegata” post. beautifull by the way ! And I wanted to ask, how do you manage to keep your aloe vertical ?

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Thank you!

Succulents and other plants stretch to the side when they’re searching for more light. Sometimes even if you have them next to a window they’ll lean towards the glass if they’re not getting enough sun! One way to prevent this is to rotate your plants every couple days so each side gets even sun exposure.

Hey I was just wondering if you had any idea w…

Hey I was just wondering if you had any idea what this boi is and how to save him

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That boi is a graptopetalum paraguayense. judging by the blackish stems and incredibly moist soil, this is probably root rot. i would behead the two big plants on the right at a point on the stem that is still green and healthy. the rest, unfortunately, is too far gone to save.

leave the two beheaded rosettes in a warm, dry place out of direct sun. they need to callous over for a week or two before you can re-root them. after this you can place them on top of some fast-draining soil and keep the area around the stem lightly moist to encourage root formation, OR you can place them on top of a container with water two inches below the stem and root them that way.

Hello, i require some help as you can see, fou…

Hello, i require some help as you can see, found him just apart of those in the background he just fell, what should I do, last, do you know it’s Id? Thank you in advance

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It’s hard to tell from this photo but I think it’s a mammillaria elongata. Leave him on top of some fast-draining out of direct light for a few weeks. Water just enough to keep the soil around him lightly moist. After a few weeks check to see if roots are forming. This can take awhile, so some patience is def required.

hey! I️ picked up this lil guy from a local pl…

hey! I️ picked up this lil guy from a local plant shop & I️ was wondering if you could help me ID it? thanks xx

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Ooooo. I have no idea what this guy is but I’m sure some of my followers do! 👍🏽

2/2 can you identify this plant friend and off…

2/2 can you identify this plant friend and offer some winter care advice? I’m very new to succulents and worried i’m not taking care of them proper.

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It’s most likely an echinopsis huascha. Leave it on a cool windowsill and don’t water it until the growing season in mid-spring. (If it wrinkles A LOT you can water it a teeny bit but it’s best to leave it alone.)