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    Very good! Yeah, he was asked to heal the 'Horta'. 'Tribbles' rocks! So does. "A Piece Of The Action" and "I, Mudd".

    What was the original topic? It's Deja vu all over again. Now who coined THAT phrase?

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    Yogi Berra, Yankee Stadium! "If ya see a fork in the road... take it".

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    Wow thanks for all your help! Great helpful people in here. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    This question also applied to 3 venus fly traps I bought from the local walmart.

    I asked everyone when they got the plants in, got no answers (geez, cheap prices, but horrible ways of taking care of the plants) because I wanted to see if they were dormant yet or not. (At one point a worker there told me her manger wouldn't let her give distilled water to the plants because it was too expensive!!!!! I asked her, "why can't you move it to the sunlight"? and she said, "my manager doesn't agree with the visual establishment of that". I said "but they'll all die!!" and she said, "I know, and we're going to lose all the plants, I keep telling my boss that, but I guess we'll just lose them, and get a new shipment, or just stop carrying them in general)

    I took the plant home but had sudden cold weather for an entire week. At first the plant looked healthy despite being at Walmart, but I think the sunlight I gave it kind of "fried" it, either that, or it entered dormancy when the freak cold week hit the plants (they were outside 24/7). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    I hope my plant will start up again, what a freak week it went through: from dark, dry walmart, to bright sunny backyard, and too-chilly nights.

    talk about roller coaster. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    the leaves and traps all bent downward (as if avoiding the sun, OR, trying to huddle on the ground because it was too cold and dormant)

    I have no digital camera, but I hope you know what I'm talking about.

    How does a plant look when it has been "Fried" from too much sun? I kept a watering tray full with distilled water ALWAYS, and a venus fly trap I bought online somewhere else was doing completely fine all this time, which had confused me.

    And, how does a plant look when it's dormant?

    If you can throw general observations, that's fine. But judging from my description, would you guess my plant to be fried or dormant? (Not too green, almost pale and sickly looking, leaves look almost leathery, all the petioles bent down to hug the earth...)

    thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Basically, a dormant VFT can look like "death warmed over" - not unlike your description. However, what you describe can realistically be a plant that has been long neglected by a garden center as well. A fried VFT is one that goes from the neglected state to summer, outside light and heat, in one, fell swoop. A healthy, acclimated plant loves full sunlight.

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    I'll second what jimscott said. Your plant is in shock from too many changes too quick. Garden Center plants tend to be "soft" and unable to handle the outdoors without being given time to harden up and adjust to them. If the growth in the center of the VFT is still green and healthy it should recover if given time and TLC.
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    I have to disagree with the acclimatizing explanation. EVERY VFT I have ever had went from the too dark conditions of a nursery and straight into full sun. They adjusted beautifully. My wild ones never missed a beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Feb. 25 2006,9:34)]I have to disagree with the acclimatizing explanation. EVERY VFT I have ever had went from the too dark conditions of a nursery and straight into full sun. They adjusted beautifully. My wild ones never missed a beat.
    Could be your climate and location in your favor Bugweed. Your not much above sea level and I'm over a mile and a half above sea level (7,964 feet). Not as much air to filter out the sunlight up here so I have to adjust my plants to it gradually or they burn. Humidity is low most of the time also. It's been aound 25% to 30% most of the month so far. In the summer it can get up to 40% on a typical day. Plants I have got at garden centers tend to be used to a higher humidity and less intense light unless they are grown locally which my CPs aren't.
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