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    cuz my flytrap is growing new traps and turning reddish

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    sounds like your VFT wasnt in the proper conditions to "initiate" the dormancy period

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    well wats the proper conditions?
    isnt it ok to leave your vft out all year?

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    Where do you live?

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    It's not unusual for flytraps to grow new leaves throughout the fall in warmer climates. Your plant will probably slow down soon if it's outdoors - it just takes longer for the plant to figure it out in places where the seasonal changes are more subtle. My traps kept growing new leaves clear up through the first frost.
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    ^Adding to what Joe mentioned:
    You live in Oxnard, right by the coast, so temps there are warmer than they are inland (like where I live). This is why your plant is still growing new traps at a regualr rate. So, initiating dormancy won't probably start until December for you (when temps and photoperiod are at their lowest) which is still fine as long as they get a minimum of about 3 months dormancy. Remember, we're in good 'ole sunny California!

    The two main requirements to initiate dormancy are a shortened photoperiod and lower temps. These two factors are experianced by VFT's in the wild and allow a plant to go into dormancy.
    Shorter photoperiod: due to the days being shorter in the northern hemisphere and the light (radiation energy) from the sun decreasing because the perpendicular rays hitting the earth are below the equator.
    Lower temps: obviously due to the seasonal change.

    Once in dormancy, your plant will still grow, but at a much slower rate. How is the growth rate of your plant now??
    -Joel from Southern California


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    You can help cue dormancy by cutting back on water. Keep your plants in a wet tray, but keep the water level as low as you can without letting it go dry for long.
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    wat if i just keep watering the tray to the fullest when it all water in the tray is gone?
    i do not know wat my vft growth rate is, all i know is that its still alive
    i might post a pic when i get the chance

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