If your flytrap is new, it is almost vital that you cut the flower stalk off... The fact that it was shipped to you (via mail, or your own car) means that it was jarred, and stuff... you wanna let if have time to grow. I read once that Venus Flytraps can take up to one year to recover from producing a flower... It wont increase growth, or trap size, but it WILL allow it to continue at a normal pace... I suppose that after a year or two (if its still alive) you could get a flower goin and make some seed... Thats what i'm gonna do, and under the same conditions too (if its still alive). Imagine cute little VFTs that eat little dirt bugs all by their very own selfs!!! Heeeee!!!