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    Until recently, I also had been residing in Eastern PA, near Reading, in Wyomissing, if you've ever heard of them.

    I bought and kept some VFT's and kept them at work, with their pots in an old, large plastic pretzel container, by a window sill. They grew quite well, in spite of only getting what light that shone through the window. Their traps doubled and then I put them through dormancy. After dormancy, I put them outside, where some of them promptly flowered. The only trouble I had and have been having has been protecting them from kids and critters.

    Here's a pic of VFT's in dormancy:



    Basically, dormant leaves are short, wide, and rest on the soil. In growing season, they will be thinner, longer, and upright.

    As VFTguy..... indicated, they are light lovers and do best when outside, which would be for 8 months of the year, unless mulched. I have been keeping mine in buckets, as a minibog, and for dormancy, I tote the buckets to the attic and place at a window sill. They break dormancy, naturally, responding to the change in daylength and temperature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Otherwise the plants look okay. Not a lot of color but at least there are the broad autumn/winter leaves which indicate they are getting enough light not to be etoliated.

    What pic are you looking at? Mine, or the one on her profile? I don't see too many leaves on her plants that look like winter leaves to me. I see a LOT of long drooping leaves that look like light hungry summer leaves to me.
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    I just re-read your post and see you've had them for 3 years! Just give them sun and warmth and hope they got enough of a dormancy from low light over winter.

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    what does etoliated mean

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    Why did you think they couldn't survive outside?

    I thought it would be to much of a tempature change. plus though them being in pots would tend to make the soil to hot for them to survive. just never thought They could stay outside I bought them to help control my fly promble I tend to have inside. hoping to keep them inside never intended to keep them out. not I just want want is best for them.

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    is there a way I can link a pitcure of them?

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    Until recently, I also had been residing in Eastern PA, near Reading, in Wyomissing, if you've ever heard of them. are right next door okay alittle far then that but pretty close

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    You know there is an edit button.

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