Hi! A week and a half ago, my family surprised me with a pair venus flytraps, among other things! Now, however, their leaves are curling, and one plant is rapidly loosing them. I'm not sure what to do. My climate is tropical (Philippines). Here is what I have done so far:
I used a substrate mix of 90% charcoal and 10% coco peat, since that was all I had available upon the plants' arrival.
At first I kept them in a very shady area of the garden and in soggy soil. I use purified water only. However after around 3 days, the plants' leaves began to droop and yellow, and mold started to grow in the substrate.
I then removed the mold, and started exposing the plants to 6-8 hours of partial sun daily. (Sunrise to 9 am, then I return them to the shade, then 4pm to sunset again). The plants improved and they yellowing slowed down but did not completely stop. I kept the soil humid instead of soggy as well.
After doing #3 for around 4-5 days, however, the plants's began to curl and black rapidly. They also began to rapidly loose leaves. Now I keep them in a shaded area that receives occasional patchy sunlight throughout the day.
I have some washed coco peat now but am not sure if repotting the plants in their condition is a good idea. These are my first venus flytraps and any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Here are pictures of the plants in their area now. Left is C8 clone, Right is UK Sawless clone:
The partial sun area where I used to move them to. They used to occupy the spot where my pitcher plant is now:
Alright, several problems: these are temperate plants from savannahs requiring full sun all day long; they grow in sandy peat soils, not charcoal, and you might be killing them with high mineral and nutrient content from that. The coco peat would be a far better option if you don't have actual peat, and better to get them in the right soil than continue burning roots (another question along those lines, just how pure is the water they're getting? These are a lot more sensitive to high TDS than a Nepenthes). Lastly, from what I can see it might currently just be old leaves the plants are discarding, which would be natural, but if it was new leaves then that's when you need be concerned.
Thanks! Okay, I'll transfer them to coco peat. I'm going to be a bit busy now, I hope they can wait out a few days. The water is bottled purified water which I bought from a grocery. I used to have some rainwater saved up but my mom threw it out by mistake Yes, the blackening and withering is only at the outer leaves and traps so far. Hope it won't affect the new leaves!
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