2nd flower stalk

Hi everyone,

I just noticed a 2nd flower stalk beginning to emerge from my VFT which concerns me especially since I already have another flower stalk where all the flowers are dead. I really want my plant to focus on growing those new traps for a while and so I was wondering if I should cut the stalk off now or wait until it is a bit longer. I also heard that you can use the flower stalk that was cut off to get a new plant by placing it in the appropriate medium. I already have some sphagnum moss with me and I hope this is acceptable. Can someone give me some advice on how I would go about doing this?

Also, the 1st flower stalk came with the plant when I bought it and all the flowers on it seem to be dead now. Can I cut off this stalk as well or should I wait till all of the stalk turns black and dies off?

Thanks in advance!

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Raymond

Carnivorous Plant Addict
So if you have pollinated your first flower then leave it until you can see little black seeds, if not then you can leave it. the plant already spent energy making it only if your confident that you pollinated it.
for the second one if you want your plant to grow better cut it at the earliest time, (like anything time from when you see it)
but if you want to use it as propagation then wait till it is about an inch to 2 inches then cut it, place in peat or sphagnum with the base in the soil.
 
Thanks! I'm not really confident that pollination occurred because the flowers were already pretty much dead by the time I bought this plant so I suppose I'll cut the 1st stalk when it completely dies off.

Aside from the stalk issue, I would like to identify the cultivar for this VFT. The garden centre I purchased this plant from did not identify the cultivar and so I assumed this was a Dionaea 'B-52' but I could be wrong. Any thoughts?
 

housepet

Carnivore
So if you have pollinated your first flower then leave it until you can see little black seeds, if not then you can leave it. the plant already spent energy making it only if your confident that you pollinated it.
for the second one if you want your plant to grow better cut it at the earliest time, (like anything time from when you see it)
but if you want to use it as propagation then wait till it is about an inch to 2 inches then cut it, place in peat or sphagnum with the base in the soil.
I just put one in vitro after going through all the trouble of preparation of media and sterilization. Now I learn they will just grow in sphagnum. Oh boy.
 
Wow, that's really cool! I heard it would be pretty hard to perform in vitro propagation without a laboratory setting. Do you have access to one? How does it work and what would you need?
 
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housepet

Carnivore
Wow, that's really cool! I heard it would be pretty hard to perform in vitro propagation without a laboratory setting. Do you have access to one? How does it work and what would you need?
I just have a home lab but its nicely equipped with all the basic apparatus. I started with a laminar flow hood from Willy Chung before adding other things one by one. For media, I usually prepare about 2 litres at a time using per litre amounts of 30g sugar, 1/3 ms with full vitamins, 1ml ppm .2ml kinetin or IBA , depending on whether or not I want shoots from callus or roots and adjust the pre-autoclave ph to about 6.3 which usually falls back to about 5.9 due to heating at 15 psi for 50 minutes sterilization. I'm using baby food jars capped with either magenta b or phyto caps to hold media. Before adding seeds or explants, I sterilize with ppm. After that I inoculate using forceps then spray h2o2 inside the caps and jars before final seal using caps and clear plastic wrap.
 
Thanks for the advice guys!

So, I've now cut off that 2nd stalk outlined with red in my post and planted it vertically in some moistened sphagnum moss in my backyard as you can see in the photo. It's probably going to be super rainy here for the next 3 days in Vancouver and I'm concerned if that will stunt any new growth I'm expecting. Any tips on how I could increase the chances of this stalk giving me a new VFT? I am planning to place a ziplock bag with holes over the stalk when it gets sunny to preserve the humidity but I don't know if that's a good idea cuz it might affect the airflow.

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Raymond

Carnivorous Plant Addict
High humidity is great for cuttings but even if it may be rainy you have to watch out for roasting the cutting if you bag it. You don't need that much light for a cutting so it doesn't have to be outside.
 
I suppose I'll pass on bagging the stalk then.

Just out of curiosity, why cut off the tip of the flower bud? I heard that new traps emerge from the base of the stalk.
 
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