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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 7, 2017 9:49 AM CST
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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Feb 11, 2017 2:14 AM CST
I keep wanted to grow some. Venus Flys in small pots never thrive. I want to set up a bog garden soon. I think one of those 3'x5' preformed ponds might work in the eastern exposure and western shade might work. Any good thoughts for that in Southern Maryland? Could I dome it for Winter survival?
Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
billn9
Jun 15, 2017 10:52 AM CST
You don't want the Venus fly traps to be in shade, even partial, if you can avoid it. They love full sun, the more the better.

The VFT should be a bit above higher above the water table than most other carnivorous plants. I like using 5" pots with no more than 2 inches of water in the tray. I let the tray go just about dry before adding more water - the changing water level helps in getting more air into the soil.

Depending on your particular winter weather conditions, they might survive just fine even if unprotected. But it would be safest, when they go dormant in the fall, to spray them (and the soil) with a sulfur based fungicide and then cover them with a thick layer of pine needles - 6" or more would be good.

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