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Posted: 6/22/2011 7:46:38 AM EDT
Son wanted a venus fly trap and I never had one when I was a kid. Bought one at HD.  I have never seen it move or open up. Is this normal??
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:49:53 AM EDT
[#1]
They are nocturnal.  Gotta watch em all night to see movement.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:50:56 AM EDT
[#2]
Thought this was another frigid wife thread.

Am pleasantly surprised.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:52:36 AM EDT
[#3]
Dangle some meat in front of it.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:52:43 AM EDT
[#4]
Quoted:
They are nocturnal.  Gotta watch em all night to see movement.

I've seen them active during the day.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:55:54 AM EDT
[#5]
It should be open whenever there is no insect present.

It might have something in it.

As I recall, if you touch any two of the three trigger hairs it will snap shut.

I used to feed mine hamburger.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:56:50 AM EDT
[#6]
Normally, they're open any time they're not munching.  Yours is either antisocial or has a chewing tobacco addiction.  Set a spitoon next to it for a few days to find out for sure.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:57:35 AM EDT
[#7]
hamburger for the win!
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:59:32 AM EDT
[#8]
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I used to feed mine hamburger.


Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:00:24 AM EDT
[#9]
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:00:40 AM EDT
[#10]



Quoted:


Dangle some meat in front of it.


No, this is a plant thread, not a fridged wife thread.



Nice name, btw.



 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:01:21 AM EDT
[#11]
Have you tried feeding it people?
Speed
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:01:55 AM EDT
[#12]
Could it have died while at HD?
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:04:27 AM EDT
[#13]
If it's green it's not dead, yet.  They are finicky plants (and native to parts of the US).   I grew several in my peatbog garden at my old home for 5+ years.  They do great outside in zones 7 and south.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:06:10 AM EDT
[#14]
Quoted:
Nice name, btw.
 



Why thank you, thank you very much! Right back atcha
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:06:15 AM EDT
[#15]
Quoted:
Have you tried feeding it people?








Speed


Feed me Seymour!

ETA: Character correction.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:07:39 AM EDT
[#16]



Quoted:



Quoted:

Have you tried feeding it people?
Speed




Feed me Seymour!



ETA: Character correction.


I can't believe there wasn't a Little Shop of Horrors reference sooner in this thread





Speed



 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:10:22 AM EDT
[#17]
think it could be retarded?
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:11:12 AM EDT
[#18]
I feed mine people.......

Any of you ARFCOMERS wanna come over to my house to see it?
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:12:06 AM EDT
[#19]
They're very easy to kill unless you live in a Carolina peat bog.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:25:00 AM EDT
[#20]
look dead??

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:27:49 AM EDT
[#21]
It's not dead yet.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:29:24 AM EDT
[#22]
They want low-nitrogen, swampy soil.

If some jackwagon fertilized it (or watered it from a hose with in-line liquid fertilizer), then it won't open until it needs more nitrogen.  Which might be a while.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:30:13 AM EDT
[#23]



Quoted:


Normally, they're open any time they're not munching.  Yours is either antisocial or has a chewing tobacco addiction.  Set a spitoon next to it for a few days to find out for sure.






 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:30:46 AM EDT
[#24]
Dibs on all of it's cool stuff.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:31:06 AM EDT
[#25]
I want to get one for my boys. How hard are they to keep alive?
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:41:30 AM EDT
[#26]
Quoted:
I want to get one for my boys. How hard are they to keep alive?


what you see was 10 bucks at HD.  says just water,warmth and sun needed
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:44:06 AM EDT
[#27]
Quoted:
I feed mine people.......

Any of you ARFCOMERS wanna come over to my house to see it?


Do you still have some leftover crabmeat?

TRG
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:53:02 AM EDT
[#28]
Quoted:
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I want to get one for my boys. How hard are they to keep alive?


what you see was 10 bucks at HD.  says just water,warth and sun needed


Great.  Now I gotta go out a find a big bag of warth.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 9:44:42 AM EDT
[#29]



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I want to get one for my boys. How hard are they to keep alive?




what you see was 10 bucks at HD.  says just water,warth and sun needed




Great.  Now I gotta go out a find a big bag of warth.


WTF is warth?

 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 9:49:11 AM EDT
[#30]
Quoted:
hamburger for the win!


You should actually NOT feed them hamburger.  (They used to say to feed it to them in the little instructions that came with the plant)
Hamburger will actually kill them.
It rots inside there before the plant can break it down.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 10:17:48 AM EDT
[#31]
Quoted:
Quoted:
I feed mine people.......

Any of you ARFCOMERS wanna come over to my house to see it?


Do you still have some leftover imitation crabmeat?

TRG


FIFY  
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 10:19:36 AM EDT
[#32]




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Quoted:

I want to get one for my boys. How hard are they to keep alive?




what you see was 10 bucks at HD. says just water,warth and sun needed




Great. Now I gotta go out a find a big bag of warth.


WTF is warth?


That's the first thing I need to find out.

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:31:01 PM EDT
[#33]
use distilled water, keep the original "soil" ,they have shallow root systems so you wont have to transplant them.
Also keep the soil moist. i killed mine by leaving town and forgetting to water it.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:35:31 PM EDT
[#34]
I think you need to get a bag of flies to let go in the house. If they start disappearing you know he's eating. You might be able to try a small kitten also.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:37:08 PM EDT
[#35]
I had a couple when I was a kid. Our Siamese cat thought they were delicious.

+1 on the hamburger. I tried it and the plant I put it in turned black and died.

I do better with outdoor vegetables.
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