Carnivorous Plants forum: Overwintering My Venus Fly Traps

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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 18, 2017 5:15 AM CST
The sites say they should overwinter in a sunny location about 40F. But I cant find one. My garage is the right temperature (low at 40F) but has no windows. My basement has windows but is 60F in Winter.

Can I place them in the garage shelves with lights? But how far away should the lights be.?

I understand they still need light, but not much. But how much?

My garage shelves are 2' apart. I could put a single 40 watt bulb above them or a double, and set by timer any amount per day, I'm thinking a single 3500K bulb set 10 hours per day.

Thoughts?
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Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Oct 22, 2017 9:17 AM CST
You don't need lights when they are dormant. You can put a light on if you want but it's not needed.

For VFTs, I drain off excess water from the pots, hit them with a sulphur based fungicide and place in zip lock bags and pop them in the fridge for 3-4 months. I occasionally check them (once a month) for fungus and hit with the fungicide if needed. Late winter around February/March I take them out hit them with sulphur based fungicide again and place in a south and west window until night time temps. regularly stay above freezing then slowly acclimate them to full outdoor Sun. I've been using this method for almost 10 years with no losses.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 23, 2017 8:21 AM CST
tommyr said:You don't need lights when they are dormant. You can put a light on if you want but it's not needed.

For VFTs, I drain off excess water from the pots, hit them with a sulphur based fungicide and place in zip lock bags and pop them in the fridge for 3-4 months. I occasionally check them (once a month) for fungus and hit with the fungicide if needed. Late winter around February/March I take them out hit them with sulphur based fungicide again and place in a south and west window until night time temps. regularly stay above freezing then slowly acclimate them to full outdoor Sun. I've been using this method for almost 10 years with no losses.


Wow! You mean like Bonide Product 141 Sulfur Plant Fungicide? (just the first one I found at a quick online search)

The lack of any light worries me. "Dormant" isn't "dead". But you mean no leaves like a tulip bulb in Summer?

Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Oct 24, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Yardenman said:

Wow! You mean like Bonide Product 141 Sulfur Plant Fungicide? (just the first one I found at a quick online search)

The lack of any light worries me. "Dormant" isn't "dead". But you mean no leaves like a tulip bulb in Summer?



Mine live in the fridge from now (almost now, VERY soon!) until mid February - March. I've been doing it for about 10 years with no problems. No, dormant isn't dead but they cease to grow and need no real light.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 27, 2017 12:24 AM CST
I was reading about Venus Fly Traps on Wikipedia. It said that they have 6-7 rosettes per plant and that more (and I sure have more per pot) means that there are dividable bublets "easily dividable".

Sure, if you have never done it before...

I would like to increase my plants. I'm thinking trying to divide one of my 3 pots to see how that works. And thinking that when they are most dormant in January, using 2 forks to gently probe into the root ball to separate bulblets.

I only think of doing that because my pots have 30+ trap leaves showing and I assume crowding is not great.

Any advice?
Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Oct 28, 2017 4:43 PM CST
They multiply fair quick. I'd wait until the pot fills up (a year or 2) then divide at re-potting time. Re-potting is done at the end of winter dormancy/early spring.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 30, 2017 10:12 PM CST
I have decided what to do with the plants overwinter. My garage gets to the right temperature (about 35-40F at worst), but doesn't have any light. But I have storage shelves.

I can easily make space for the 24" tray they sit in and I have a 1 24" fluorescent bulb fixture to attach 1 a foot above on a timer to match winter sunlight. I can't think of a better fake "natural" situation. I have stored some rainwater in sealed jugs kept in jugs in the dark (to prevent algae growth).

I will snip all the dead leaves. Anything else I should do?
Name: Paul Ferguson
Guymon Oklahoma (Zone 6b)
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okiecowboy
Nov 4, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Here is what I do with my Venus flytraps and they are healthy and big enough to eat medium sized crickets and large cockroaches. I bought some powerful LED full spectrum LED plant lights from Amazon so I can grow them indoors. I put them in an 8 inch pot not a terrarium as that fosters mold. I filled a spray bottle with distilled water and mist them several times a day. In the winter I use a mini fridge that is empty save for the plants set on number 1 setting which is 50 degrees. I put the whole pot in for 12 hours over night then take it out and put it back under the light 12 hours. It has worked great as I bought the plants last November and they are thriving.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Dec 18, 2017 9:22 AM CST
I decided what to do with my VFT for the Winter.

I cleared off a shelf in the garage, set a single fluorescent light over them, and set a timer to give them Winter light (7am to 4pm. I water them slightly 2x a week with pure rainwater I saved.

The garage stays about 45-50 F all Winter.

The traps are dying back, but flower stalks are rising. I assume I should cut them off.




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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 13, 2018 4:53 AM CST
OK, Spring has arrived. I THINK my VFTs are multiples in each of 3 pots. I THINK the flower stalks indicate where the plants are centered and I have 3-4 stalks from each pot.

And I would like to multiply them (something I am familiar with with other plants).

So am I understanding correctly to divide them around the flower stalks? Is there something else I need to know? I'm actually feeling rather bonded to these guys. I sure don't want to harm them.

If it matters any, the 6" pots seem filled with 3-4 plants.
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Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Apr 13, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Un-pot them and it should be easy for you to see where to separate them. Sometimes they separate themselves!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 15, 2018 3:50 AM CST
Thank you! It is warming up here and about time to return the VFTs to reality. There are some traps open and I'm sure they would like some flies' I will depot the smallest one and look at the rootball to see if it wants to divide. I'm not past the last possible freeze of close to freeze day of the year, but it is close.

I can try a division and see how it goes.

Last year was the first time I had some VFTs do well the whole Summer and Winter, so maybe I am "catching" on. Next step is multiplying them...
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 26, 2018 10:57 PM CST
What nightime lows can I safely put them outside to start catch insects again? I assume a gradual exposure to real sunlight again (as I do with all my seedlings), but what low temp can they tolerate?
Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Apr 27, 2018 9:07 AM CST
As long as the freezing is over for the season put them outside. Yes, SLOWLY acclimate them to full Sun. "Harden off" like you would veggie seedlings.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
May 4, 2018 11:05 PM CST
tommyr said:As long as the freezing is over for the season put them outside. Yes, SLOWLY acclimate them to full Sun. "Harden off" like you would veggie seedlings.


Thank you. We had 38F lows a few days ago, but it has suddenly shot up to 90F and looks like the lows will be 50F onward. I will introduce the VFTs an hour tomorrow and one more each day for a week. And I think I will try to carefully divide the one that sent up 4 flower stalks (the other pots only had one each, so I think that one is crowded) to see how that works out.

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