Three weeks after I bought my first VFT something yanked it right out of it's pot and ran away with it. I haven't gotten another one yet.
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."
VFT's don't suck. They bite.
Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.
notanumber, that was AWFUL!!!!!! LMAO good one sir!!!VFT's don't suck. They bite.
I live near Niagara Falls and I leave them either outside or in my windowsill over the winter, they SEEM to do okay, I think I've had them for maybe 5 years, some of them??
Critters are the only problem, a had a HUGE Akai Ryu last summer and one day I went out and it, too, was GONE!!!
It had been buried in my bog tho, somewhere else- I dug it up and repotted it but it didn't look too good until it woke up again last month- I'm building a safety cage for it before it goes back out there...
They can be kinad goofy sometimes, but I think I am lucky to have the winter we get, it sure as heck isn't my "skill" keeping them alive and healthy
"You don't need a license to drive a sandwich"-Spongebob Squarepants
JLAP, You live in Georgia's Moutains? Those are nothing to the teens(some times single digits) that we get up here in the NC mountains and my flytraps did WONDERFULLY in the ground this year. My bog even froze over a couple times (like they were under an inch of ice) and they are coming out nicely. This year I'm moving EVERYTHING to a bog garden in the ground. I should think they'd be happy in the ground where you are. By the way, VFT rot seems to be the popular way to kill VFTs. That's how ALL mine have died at some point or another..... how sad.
My plants are going green to save the environment
I did have a bog (I mean, a REAL bog on a lake) that I put them in. The muck washed away and the rhizomes were exposed and that's when they froze. It's so sad, I know. That was at a high altitude so it probably got down to the 20's. Here where I live an hour and a half south it only dips below 32 once or twice a year for brief periods.
Sarracenia are the best temperate plants, anyway I'm good at those lol.
Wow, I have quite the VFT collection coming along, this dormancy thread is scary.
I plan to let my cold cold seasons do the job, leave them outside until they fall into dormancy, and then leave them there until temps decide to go below 20 for long periods of time, then move them inside to a windowsill and seal it up best I can, but allowing some heat in so it's a bit warmer.
I dont pamper mine at all really, I treat them for aphids when the yearly spring/early summer attacks come and give them trich once a month... and I may water them once or twice at the most during the winter
knock on wood, but I dont think I have lost one in the last 10-15 yrs or so
strange these CP's
Because they do rot easily, the trick for me has been to use more perlite than the standard 1:1. I also topwater until the temps go above 90 or so.