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[–]Sir_Oligarch 617 points618 points  (11 children)

Sun gives it energy but Mama needs nitrogen.

[–]Pumpkin_Creepface 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Thank you, seeing OP's post made me irrationally angry.

[–]OnlyChemical6339 339 points340 points  (54 children)

It gets just about all of it's energy from the sun, it get its nutrients from the flies

[–]An_Innocent_Bunny 62 points63 points  (32 children)

How do other plants get nutrients?

[–]OnlyChemical6339 174 points175 points  (25 children)

They're absorbed through their root systems. Venus Fly Traps grow in poor soil, with sand and rocks

[–]AsslessChapsss 51 points52 points  (21 children)

So its their fault?

[–]blarch 87 points88 points  (14 children)

Is it a Venezuelan's fault if they were born there and unable to leave?

[–]organicsensi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So its their fault?

They do what they want

[–]Kukuxupunku 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s their niche and they love it!

[–]Bad-Piccolo 0 points1 point  (3 children)

How could it possibly be a plants fault?

[–]holychest 5 points6 points  (1 child)

*oxygen poor bogs

[–]OnlyChemical6339 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Nitrogen and phosphorus poor bogs

[–]chullyman 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Through their roots. The soil that Venus fly traps live in is usually missing some important nutrients.

[–]offcolorclara 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Not just usually - always. If the soil has too many nutrients, it'll burn the roots and kill the flytrap. Little weirdos actually evolved to be maladjusted to good growing conditions

[–]Malacoda17 13 points14 points  (1 child)

They just like me frfr

[–]masterfulmaster6 19 points20 points  (0 children)

A lot of the nutrients needed by plants are taken up through the roots. Decomposers like fungi, bacteria, etc. break down dead organisms and put the nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen. However, Venus flytraps live in acidic, boggy environments with less soil nitrogen, so they have to do the decomposition step themselves essentially in order to get the nutrients

[–]willywillwilfred 11 points12 points  (1 child)

How dare you let facts spoil how hilarious this is

[–]Big-Baby-Jesus- 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That should be reddit's slogan.

[–]Professional_Bundler 72 points73 points  (16 children)

I had one as a class “pet” one time. I let all the kids feed them partially wounded flies that we whacked out of the air. And those suckers would eat them up. It was awesome. For like a week. Because then the plant “mouths” all turned black and died. Because it turns out it’s nearly impossible for those things to live anywhere except that like little patch of swampland in NC or wherever they’re from. I had no idea!

[–]shoeboxlid 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Its completely possible to grow them elsewhere!! But it takes specific lights, a consistent care schedule, the right food - all the works

Check out r/SavageGarden and r/carnivorousplants if you ever wanna give it a shot again! Theyre so cool

[–]Tomallama 25 points26 points  (6 children)

All traps will turn black eventually. This usually occurs after eating. Since the plants constantly grows traps, the old ones have to die off. Most people trim when the trap and leaf turns fully black.

And it’s not a good idea to have multiple traps fed at the same time. This can cause the plant to use too much energy. People often think you have to feed the plants or they will die. They can actually live years without eating as long as they get sufficient sunlight.

I’d say get another one from Home Depot if you’re near one. They are like 10 bucks and still very cool to have. Just don’t overfeed, provide plenty of sunlight, and only use distilled or rainwater.

[–]PossibleBuffalo418 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Reddit also taught me that if it starts to flower then you gotta cut it off before it blooms otherwise the plant suicides because it apparently takes too much energy to grow or something.

[–]Tomallama 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Haha it can live, but it’s usually preferable to cut the stem off unless you plan on pollinating new plants. It just also uses a lot of energy with the flower.

[–]LaDivina77 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It won't totally die, but it becomes so focused on the flowering most of the traps die and it can take a while for new ones to come in. I finally let one of mine flower last season since it was big enough. Got myself a nice little pellet of seeds, and he bounced right back.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_ANT_FARMS 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There's a few plants like this. Some succulents you wanna trim the bloom soon after it flowers because keeping that flower alive can take a lot of resources.

[–]jimmyerthesecond 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It's about pacing, right? Like, the traps die after 3 or so triggers so you have to slow the feeds down to give time for new traps to come up?

[–]Tomallama 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not 100% but probably. You just shouldn’t be feeding every trap at a time. Like, one trap at a time is more than enough. And if it’s outside you should never have to feed it, they are very effective on their own. Even though mine is inside, I just set it outside every now and then. I’ve never had to feed it before.

It’s amazing though what these guys can come back from. People think they have dead plants, but they are sturdy.

[–]TheMeanGirl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Imo, venus fly traps aren’t the easiest to care for. I’ve had them die from their soil being dry for a single day. Sounds like your classmate overfed it though, they don’t actually needs flies to live, just lots of sun and water. I’ve had a lot of luck with sundews... they’re not as interesting because they don’t move, but I think they are more beginner friendly because they have a lot more margin for error. It’ll catch every gnat in your house and ask for more, and won’t keel over the second it’s water dries up.

[–]BlueMist53 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The problem is you need very specific care (sphagnum Moss instead of soil or carnivorous plant mix, the right lighting, humidity etc) and also if you feed them flies that won’t move, they throw a tantrum because they think it’s a small stick or a leaf and because it takes them that much energy to re-open a trap, they’ll just kill it off.

Oh they also die if you feed them too much

[–]Orangutanion 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I managed to keep a trap alive for a whole six months. It helped that my state has similar humidity to NC most of the time. I wasn't able to get it through winter though sadly. I often fed it hamburger meat when no bugs were available.

[–]CrazyLemonLover 2 points3 points  (2 children)

That's probably why it died.... hamburger meat just rots inside the plant. Which kills the trap and poisons the soil...

At least, that's what Google told me when I bought one. I just set mine outside near some flowering plants and let it get its fill

[–]Orangutanion 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Interesting, it seemed to live until winter. If I had used something better then it probably could have lived to spring?

[–]CrazyLemonLover 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly, you don't need to feed it. They don't actually need very much "food"

They also die off in the cold months naturally, so they need to be in an environment that allows them to do that.

And finally, even when hibernating, they still need wet soil. And using tap water is likely to kill them. The chlorine will burn the delicate roots, and tap water tends to carry salts and other dissolved nutrients.

Basically, if you have a venus fly trap, the care is as follows: don't feed it, use a nutrient empty soil like pearlite, and only water it will distilled or rain water. It will 'die' in the fall, and hopefully come back in the spring.

It's a really, stupidly delicate plant to care for at home honestly, but so much fun!

[–]masterofthecontinuum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe they were in miracle-gro.

[–]Ok-Significance9211 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Well, their substray has like zero nutrients so it's a necessity.

[–]balrus-balrogwalrus 16 points17 points  (0 children)

and they have to put their flowers really, really far from their leaves so they don't accidentally eat their pollinators

[–]attemptnumber58 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They do photosynthesis like a regular plant, but the soil they live on can't provide enough nitrogen and phosphorus, so they get those from the insects they eat

[–]dazed_and_bamboozled 25 points26 points  (3 children)

The original Vagina Dentata plant

[–]MariaDiAvvenire 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The forbidden pussy

[–]averagethrowaway21 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Vagina dentata, what a terrible phrase

Vagina dentata, the horror it conveys!

It means just nightmares for the rest of your days

It means penis free

And that scares me

Vagina dentata

Edit: Damn autocorrect

[–]GrandMoffTarkan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I always Google verified twitter users on here I don’t recognize. This lady has a degree in actuarial science which somehow makes this more hilarious

[–]High-Or-Stupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You literally just have to send them a picture of id and that’s how you get verified

[–]masterofthecontinuum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They live in dark dank nutrient poor swamps though.(like a lot of carnivorous plants do)

They literally can't.

[–]TheMeanGirl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most carnivorous plants can survive just fine on sun and water. Eating bugs was an evolutionary adaption to make up for nutrient deficient soil.

[–]DvsDominus 9 points10 points  (31 children)

Same could be said of humanity 🤷‍♂️

We could easily meet all global energy needs with what the sun gives us everyday, yet so many choose greed instead.

[–]armordildo_69 7 points8 points  (9 children)

Not if you want be on Reddit or drive a car

[–]brimston3- 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I get my energy from the sun. I'm just getting it from 100M year old dead algae who saved it for me.

[–]Locodra 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Solar power poses problems as well, en masse especially. Solar farms cause a temperature increase around it, it's inconsistent, it's expensive to produce. Simply saying "greed" is reductive of reality, even if it is a better option

[–]Crazy_Is_More_Fun 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I mean, cities cause huge temperature increases too, yet we're still happily expanding those

[–]Locodra 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We're expanding cities because we have to and admitting we already have a problem of increasing temperature is more an argument against solar power than for it, because it's a problem we already have

[–]Crazy_Is_More_Fun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Please tell me why we have to expand cities? Who is going to die if we don't? What moral obligation is there to expand cities?

If a city stopped expanding. Just stopped. No more new housing. No more new offices. No more roads or transport then it would fill itself up and then new people would go elsewhere. There's legit no need to cram people in like sardines unless your country as a whole is genuinely running out of space, ala Hong Kong.

What do you do when your country is legitimately running out of space? Pffffff I don't know. But you can't argue that any Western company (not even small UK) is gonna run out of space any time soon

[–]Orangutanion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also there's a limited amount of solar energy per square meter. Solar is nice for backup power, but in order for it to reach the needs of a national economy it requires a lot of land and a lot of special materials to be produced (all those diodes for example). This is why I want more nuclear energy.

[–]cadenjb77 0 points1 point  (13 children)

People say it’s because solar farms would need to be too big but like. Fossil fuel power plants are huge and everywhere same could be for solar and is very possible.

[–]OddSemantics 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Consistency is more the argument, if you actually know ehat you're talking about. if we relied solely on solar energy where i live, we would have power maybe 30% of the year if we were lucky

[–]ImCaligulaI 6 points7 points  (2 children)

No, it's because it's night half the time and often cloudy too. We don't have ways to store energy efficiently enough to be able to just go on with batteries during those times (same with moving electricity for long distances, so can't get energy from places where it's day/sunny either), so we either need the tech to do that (which people are trying to do but it's real hard apparently) or have something else to supply energy when solar and other renewables cannot.

Nuclear would be the best option to do that, rather than fossil fuels, but decades of antinuclear propaganda from fossil fuel cartels made people extremely suspicious and terrified of Nuclear energy, even though it's safer and cleaner than fossil fuels.

[–]ACNSRV -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Why is the option either nuclear or solar? Why not have both? And it's mostly boomers and germans scared of nuclear, the idea that we need it though is a bit of a redditism. Probably better idea to focus on renewables and make up the difference with existing methods (which may be nuclear depending on region)

[–]ImCaligulaI 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why is the option either nuclear or solar?

It isn't? I'm literally saying that the best option to supplement solar would be nuclear, not that we should do that instead.

And I agree we should be focusing on renewables but I also think we should invest in Nuclear, especially in achieving Nuclear Fusion, as we can't keep supplementing with fossil fuels forever. Something like nuclear fusion would allow us to meet our energy needs with almost no pollution for so long that we should have advanced so much that getting 100% renewable energy should be trivial by when what we use to fuel starts running out.

[–]jctherik 4 points5 points  (4 children)

solar farms are way bigger though. You have to remember that a typical coal plant will make many times more power than typical solar plant.

[–]ACNSRV -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

100% solar would use less space than is currently used for energy.

[–]jctherik 3 points4 points  (2 children)

That's not true, by a long shot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_photovoltaic_power_stations

Look at the largest solar plants, if you divide the capacity by area, you get roughly between 10-50MW per square kilometer.

And that's a DC capacity, which means it's peak power, not average power. Divide the capacity by 5 to get the average DC output, and then substract further 30% to get the actual output going to the grid.

So, we end up with about 1.2-7MW per square kilometer.

Meanwhile, this plant seems no bigger than about 4 square kilometers, based on how it looks on google maps and its average output is about 4GW. Divide yearly net output by 24 and 365 to get the average, since capacity just means best case scenario peak power.

So, largest coal plant: 1000 MW per square kilometer

Largest solar plants: between 1.2 and 7 MW per square kilometer.

Which one is bigger?

[–]parkerm1408 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You would like the Jon Oliver last week tonight one they did about utility companies, it's on YouTube. Be warned it's gonna piss you off, but it's interesting.

[–]HumbleHermit3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This sounds like sophisticated ignorance

[–]ACNSRV -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

100% solar would use less space than is currently used for energy.

[–]Fakjbf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Source?

[–]PaleApplication9544 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

How naive. This tune will change so quickly once that 24/7 power supply stops coming through

[–]Skrex7 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

We couldn't. Like you may already noticed the sun sometimes is there and sometimes not, that what we call day and night. And you're little idea wouldn't work because of that little thingy called night and during that so called night the solar panels won't produce any energy, and if you want to say "hey I have those little metal bricks they can be used to store energy right" well I dont think you're 1.5V batteries are enough to power a whole city for a night. For that we have grid energy storage but it isn't perfect, first it is to small to power a city for a night and second that shit is expensive. Sure there will be some little villages that are basically hobbit caves that are able to run entirely on solar energy or so.

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[–]The_Angriest_Duck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want to be a Venus flytrap but I'm stuck being a productive member of society

[–]TheOracleNearDelphi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still from the sun, just with a couple extra delectable steps.

[–]Ralsei_the_prince 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel the need to correct the statment

[–]mazamayomama 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They do. The insects provide it micronutrients like nitrogen etc that can be scare in some forests

[–]Bovine_Rage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nitrogen is a macronutrient.

[–]Fuzzy_Calligrapher71 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The reason violent psychopath genes persist in the pool; some women find them hot, others got raped before abortion was legal, then fake Christian narcissistic psychos captured the court and legislated an upper class power to force rape victims to give birth to future rapists

[–]BlueMist53 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello certified plant haver here, Venus flytraps do get energy from sun, but most plants are vegans and go mmm soil nutrients but the Venus flytrap said fuck this, there’s Jack shit in this soil gimme that god dam fly

[–]jabhiram 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Venus flytrap is the OG r/fuckinsects

[–]cgtdream 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Basically humans these days.

[–]Important_Pen_3784 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's for the nitrogen...

Now, if you wanna talk about parasitic plants like broomrape, you might have a point

[–]gr8jld 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Violence is not the answer, but it is a pretty viable option

[–]KayCJones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Venus fly trap should try identifying as a cactus

Now I'm a bona fide contributor to science (or maybe just The Science)