PunkRotten wrote:...Do baby carnivorous plants transplant well? Since I am starting some by seeds I was thinking of planting them and then not disturbing them when they spout because I was under the impression they do not transplant well.
In the method I mentioned of overwintering them in the produce bin of the refrigerator, the guy takes all his flytraps out of the pots and stores them bare-rooted, so I'd say they do transplant well enough. I haven't done that myself, not yet anyway. The winters here are mild enough that I can just overwinter them outside in an unheated greenhouse. I have several flytraps that live inside under lights, so I have to force them to go dormant. I don't plant any in the ground, so I can't speak to that.
But to answer your question, yes I transplant them. I start groups of seeds -- maybe up to 20 -- in an oblong plastic container (think of a margarine container but oblong instead of round) with drainage/watering holes in the bottom and ventilation holes in the lid. When the plants get big enough, I move them to their 'permanent' home, which are individual SIPs.
The only trouble I've had is the first time I tried transplanting them, I was too impatient and tried to move them when they were very small. They would have transpanted well enough, but I used a toothpick to lift the little plant out of the 'incubator' and it fell off the toothpick and I couldn't find it or I picked up the plant with peat moss attached to its roots and instead of lifting out, it flipped over and landed back in the peat moss and I couldn't retrieve it. I lost three plants the first time I tried transplanting them, so I wait until they're a little bigger now before I move them. They're easier to handle and less likely to lose them. The rest of the plants in that batch transplanted just fine.