Venus flycatcher's flower
The Venus Flycatcher produces floral stems up to 30 centimeters, with 5 or 6 flowers. And it is very important to know that the flowering process of the Venus Flycatcher consumes a huge amount of energy, and that comes to endanger its life, since in many occasions this plant puts its reproduction before its own survival.
When it begins to generate its floral stem, it limits or paralyzes its growth by not taking out new leaves (or producing leaves with smaller traps), to focus all its energy on generating that floral stem and its flowers in order to reproduce sexually.
So in the cultivation of Venus Flycatcher, you have to decide what you do with that flower stalk and flowers, whether you keep it to pollinate, or if you cut it. I'll explain you step by step.
When to cut the flower stem?
When we have only one plant, or more than one but with the same genetics (which come from cuttings or «offspring» of the same mother plant), we will not be able to pollinate the flowers to obtain fertile seeds. In this case it is highly recommended to cut the flower stem and its future flowers, to prevent the plant from weakening and even dying in the attempt to reproduce, as it consumes a lot of energy in this process.
The ideal is to cut the flower stem from when it appears, with well-sharpened and disinfected scissors, and as soon as you see it so that the plant spends as little energy as possible to make it grow.
You must have several plants of different genetics, that is, they are not clones or come from the same mother plant. In this case you can wait for them to generate their flowers to pollinate them and obtain fertile seeds. A flower of the same Venus Flycatcher can become self-pollinated, but the result is not good because it generates inert or atrophied seeds.
Next, I will show a video of how to make the process step by step:
I hope you found this article useful! We will see you in a next report ;)
And finally, I leave you this link to my other article on the basic care of the venus flycatcher (if you have your first venus, what do you expect?)
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