Never go dormant Fly traps

CJ-Speciosa(7a)March 29, 2013

Hello,

I've been reading a ton since finding this forum a few days ago...My girlfriend would say I'm "obsessed" with it. I'm an avid plant collector and have recently decided to start increasing my collection of carnivores.......

Anyway, I had this VFT for a little over two years now and I've never heard of letting it go dormant until a few days ago. Consensus seems to be if you don't hibernate it, it will wither away and die within a year. From personal experience, I find this not to be true.

I've moved it to a new location which gets much more sun a few months ago and as you can see, the new traps although shorter stemmed, are larger and have now added red to their color. It's actually getting healthier.

It's also flowered a few times during the time I've had it but I've always cut the stalk before I let it bloom. I thought for some reason if it bloomed and flowered, I would lose it.

Seeing as I'm now sentimentally attached to this plant, I certainly wouldn't want to lose it because of something I did wrong. Can anyone chime in here and give me your opinions as to why this thing just keeps going and going despite never "resting"

Thanks.

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tommyr_gw

My guess is it is near a cool window during winter and gets cold enough for light dormancy. Where are you located? Longer darkness in fall/winter may also be enough for it as well.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 12:31PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Thanks for the response.

I was thinking that as well concerning the cool draft from the window.....but it actually grew all winter long. All of those longer stemmed heads grew during the cooler, dimmer months. I live in NJ. The newer heads are the shorter healthier ones that have just popped up over the last two months and counting.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 7:30PM
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junglemel(9)

Eh, these are stronger than people give them credit for. If all your care was appropriate except giving it a dormancy, it may very well live for years without one.

Then, eventually it will decline, maybe not this year, but eventually. It will need a dormancy to survive long term, but who knows how long it'll do fine without one? Unfortunately, I highly doubt this is the one miracle plant that will revolutionize growing VFTs without that pesky dormancy requirement ever being an issue.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 12:21AM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Lol.....point taken. I'll give it a rest after this season. Hopefully it pulls through.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 9:37AM
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