You can leave the light onnnn....

lindaflower(7 DFW)May 31, 2006

Hey! Can I leave my CF light on all the time or will my VFT's get exhausted?

Thanks,

Lindaflower

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back2eight(South MS)

I think with any plant they really need that night time rest without the light. They need the time off from absorbing sunlight to be able to process it.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 11:56PM
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clay_in_iowa(5IA)

There are destinct day and night biochemical processes in any green plant. To much light can be a bad thing

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 7:37AM
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lindaflower(7 DFW)

Thanks for the input. That's what I was thinking, but being a newbie, I don't know everything about these creatures. I'm getting frustrated with no color in my traps. I thought longer lighting might help.

I DID find a site that sells 105 watt CF bulbs (500 watt incand.) and that may be my next option as the bugs are giving me problems from the 2 times I put them outdoors.

Hey! Maybe I just have the green variety!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 11:00AM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

LOL! Keeping a light on is like pulling perpetual all-nighters, like in college, at finals time! It catches up with ya! Yes, you are very likely to have a 'typical", which is going to be mostly green, with a little pink or red in the trap. You are much more liekly to see red plants from sundews. Here are some examples of window sill plants:

Any possibilty to provide outside growing for the VFT? VFT's & American Pitcher Plants really do best when outside. (Key phrase: 'do best')

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 12:04PM
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clay_in_iowa(5IA)

If you want color you need more intense like not just more. Mine pink up nicely ona south windowsill, but get very red outside with some protection from dry conditions.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 2:58PM
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lindaflower(7 DFW)

Petiolaris, those look great! I wish I had one! Okay, so I need more intense light IF in fact they can turn red. I have a 34 watt CF and filtered sun through the window and trees... and awnings.

Hmmm... I saw somewhere on this site a guide for testing your light using the light meter on your camera, have any of y'all tried that?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 10:28PM
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terrestrial_man(9)

The scientific term for the action of light and plants is
called photoperiodism.
In trying to snag a link that would give all more info on this in regards to carns I ran across this site. It looks cool and you may want to save it on your Favorites.
Botany.org pages on carns

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 3:38AM
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