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I am wondering how do the bulds of VFT's come? Do I need to get some soil? Also well they need brighter lights?
 
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Hey Travis!

They come in a little plastic bag, with just enough earth to cover the roots. Some folk wash this earth off by immersing the plant in a distilled water and Superthrive solution before repotting, but I just stuck the whole rootball in the new pot undisturbed. Additionally, this bit of earth is a good guide for getting the proper planting depth on the rhizome.

You will need a container (a 4" plastic pot is OK, though I have had 100% survival with a 12" pot with 4 plants in it) and a 50/50 peat/perlite or peat/sand mixture to plant them in. Canadian sphagnum peat moss is best. Put the pot in a saucer and keep the saucer filled with distilled water or rain water.

They will need sunlight, about 6 hours a day.

Most people lose about 20% of their rhizomes to shock, so get a few. At less than a buck apiece, you can't really go wrong.

The potted ones have a better survival rate--they may be bigger, too, though I don't know that for sure.

Steve
 
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</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Quote: from Alvin Meister on 12:41 pm on May 10, 2002
I haven't lost any of my 17 but they do take a long time to get going. Lots of light and high temperatures are needed.[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>

Yes, but you were born with a pot of sphagnum in one hand and a package of Banrot in the other.
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</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Quote: from Alvin Meister on 12:41 pm on May 10, 2002
I haven't lost any of my 17 but they do take a long time to get going. Lots of light and high temperatures are needed.[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>

Yes, but you were born with a pot of sphagnum in one hand and a package of Banrot in the other.
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Steve
 
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Thanks for helping me everyone. The bulbs are some temptimg but having nice vft's off the bat is great. Since bug season has started I will probably get the plant vft's instead.

Thank you,
Travis
 
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