Carnivorous Plants forum: Venus Fly Trap

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AussieFisher
Feb 19, 2018 12:12 AM CST
Hello, just looking on some advice on keeping venus fly traps alive and healthy.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
Feb 19, 2018 12:00 PM CST
Grow in peat moss, keep moist by placing pot in a saucer with 2 inches of distilled water. Do not fertilize. clip off any black foliage or flowers. And another good resource is the book called The Savage Garden.
Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Feb 21, 2018 8:29 AM CST
These are not houseplants. They need to be outside in full all day Sun. Acclimate them to it SLOWLY. Use rainwater, distilled water or R.O. water ONLY. They will need 3-4 months of winter dormancy between 35 and 40 degrees F.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 20, 2018 9:11 AM CST
I have 3 pots of VFTs that thrived all last Summer on my deck. I used rainwater collected in clean tubs for them. Before the first freeze, I set up an fluorescent light in the garage and put they under it close in a tray. The garage is inside the house but not heated so the temperature varies around 40F.

They have gone somewhat dormant, but not too much and the light keeps them alive. I have let the blackened traps stay but will snip them out when the outside temperature is reliably over 40 at night when they can go out again.

They seem so happy, that according to the flower stalks, I think I can divide them into 12 pots this Spring.

Each pot was a tiny small plant last Spring and they tripled in size over the Summer and seem good in dormancy in the chill garage under the weak timed light. I will be setting the timer to match natural daylight soon.
Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Mar 21, 2018 9:53 AM CST
I've been waking mine up a few at a time for the past 2 weeks. I love this time of year when I can start waking the plants up!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 23, 2018 2:41 PM CST
tommyr said:I've been waking mine up a few at a time for the past 2 weeks. I love this time of year when I can start waking the plants up!


I was just about to ask that. Si I think I will increases the timer to 14 hours ansd see how their roots look. I think I can divide each one in 3 according to the flower stalks.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 26, 2018 2:24 AM CST
Am I right about thinking the flower stalks represent a root group that could be carefully separated to multiply them??

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