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My flytrap is dieing!!



My flytrap is dieing! I live in Townsvilee Tropical North Queensland Australia. It is hot and humid. I have been watering it with bottled mineral water. Previous to this I was using tap water but it started to die after this time. Also previously I had placed the pot slightly submerged in tap water Perhaps I have root rot. I am not sure, the leaves got a spot of brown and then that grew over the leaf until the leaf died. Perhaps someone would know how I can breed new life into it before its gone. thanks
Feb 1, 2002
South Florida
im not an expert at breeding but the cause of this might be the tap water, everywhere here it says to use DISTILLED water that you can buy from a grocery store or such. that might be the problem, and i dont think you can create new ones if it young (i duno if it is)
iwould just say to buy a new one and water with distilled and give it sun, i am pretty sure its dieing cus of the tap water. it contains minerals that are bad for it and can kill the roots. i am sure others will respond to what i have missed


Hey Damo

All the different kind of water you gave your plant is killing it. These plants have delicate root systems and can ONLY take distilled water OR rain water.

Tap water has chemicals and minerals that will harm the plant. Most house plants can take this. But carnivorous plants cannot.

The same thing goes for mineral water.

These plants live in very poor soil. Void of mineral, nutrients. That is why they have created the ability to catch bugs. This allows for the plants to obtain the things they cannot get from the soil. Most of these plants don't use their root for anything but to anchor them to the ground ( or tree ). Many gather nothing from the soil. So by putting fertilizer, minerals, and what not damage the roots and will kill the plants.

Having the VFT sit in a tray of water is the best thing to do for it. In the wild, they live in a swamp or bog enviornment. So it is best to emulate that. Just make sure not to have the water in the bowl/saucer higher than the bulb/rhyzome. That will rot the plant. Just having it sit in a 1inch or so of water will not harm it at all.

The best thing you can do right now is to get some distilled water and try to 'flush out the soil' meaning....pour the water around the plant ( never on top of it!! ) and try to get out the stuff that is in the soil.


Even better...if you have canadian sphagnum peat moss ( nothing esle ), I would repot it. Gently pull the plant out of the soil ( not damaging the roots ) and repot. The plant will take a week ( or more) to recover from the transplanting, but it should live.

Hope this all helps

Let us know how your plant does!



Jul 8, 2001
San Antonio, Texas; USA
you know... it's getting to the point where I say..

"WHy do I even come to help? Jeff beats me to it all the time!"

Listen to the man... he grows THOUSANDS of them, better than anyone else I have seen too!