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#1 Guest_Subrosa_*

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:26 AM

Here's a pic of the new spring growth on my Venus Flytrap. While it's a native it's not an aquatic plant, but the container it's kept in often floods during heavy rains so it does spend some time underwater! Plus they're just really cool! Oh and btw the container it's kept in was outside all winter long in SE PA, just outside of Philadelphia. Including a rare cold snap of a week solid with daytime temps below freezing and nightime temps down as low as 10F! It's in a half of a black 55 gal drum which definitely keeps it warmer than the one I have right next to it which is white. Many times the surface of the peat moss is frozen on the white container and not on that of the black container. Anyway while it's still too early to claim a complete success, this is still pretty cool! If you look closely at the center of the pic you'll see a little growth that looks like a number "7". Not much, but hey.......

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

i love fly traps... they dont seem to love me too much, unless i ignore them. from my experience, the best way to grow them is to nearly completely neglect them. as long as they dont dry out, they usually do fine.

i managed to see some when i was in north carolina, and they always died back every year. i kinda wonder if that cold cycle is required somehow...

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:51 AM

A cool dormant period most definitely is required to maintain them long term. Serious indoor keepers put them in the fridge from Halloween to Valentine's Day. Otherwise they peter out in a a few years, similar to temperate fish at constant tropical temps. Living in NC you were in carnivorous plant central! I could almost put up with the legal climate there to be able to take a walk out and see them growing wild.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

Well barring any freak cold snaps, it looks like it made it! Lots of new growth......

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

Very cool. No wonder I have never done well with them, did not know about the dormant period.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:07 PM

I've tried them a few times in my pitcher plant pool and something always eats them - squirrels i presume.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

Gerald you need an Anatolian Shepherd! I have a tree in my backyard that has a major squirrel nest, but the squirrels no longer get there on the ground. The vermin climb into the canopy on my neighbors' properties and take the high road into the nest. I grow Crocuses in my lawn with impunity!

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