Carnivorous Plants forum: Venus fly traps and sarracenia

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Name: Vicious crazy lady Whalen
Colorado (Zone 5b)
Jul 14, 2016 10:51 PM CST
My traps and pitchers die after eating, either turning black or whithering. What am I doing wrong?
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Cactus and Succulents Region: Ohio
Jul 15, 2016 9:52 AM CST
That's strange. How much light do they receive? What type of soil are they in? How often do you water them, and what type of water? Do you fertilize?
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
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Jul 15, 2016 9:54 AM CST
You might check our new Carnivorous plants forum. There are some members there who are successfully growing them. I hope you can find the answer to your problem.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 15, 2016 11:17 AM CST
Are you feeding your carnivores bugs? Or letting them fend for themselves? If you are feeding them, you might be over fertilizing. They don't need all that much (they are photosynthesizing); what they catch on their own is usually sufficient.
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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Cactus and Succulents Region: Ohio
Jul 18, 2016 1:56 PM CST
Actually mine is doing the same but I think it's because I just bought it and is transitioning to its new environment! Did you just get yours?
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Jul 19, 2016 6:16 PM CST
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Name: Christina Wall
Northern Cal. (Zone 8a)
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Aug 19, 2016 4:30 PM CST
I just bought one myself. I read that after each leaf has have opened and fed three times they will turn black and die off and a new one will take it's place. I hope this info helps.
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Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
Jun 15, 2017 11:46 AM CST
The number of times a particular trap can catch prey is variable. Some blacken and die after the first bug - others can catch several, although 3 or 4 seems to be the usual maximum. The traps also die off naturally after a couple of months.

With a health plant, more traps will grow and mature, so older ones dying off is no big deal.

By the way, if you trigger a trap, or it partly closes in an unsuccessful capture event - it uses up one of that trap's "lives".

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