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    well
    the soil looks pretty soggy
    id let it dry out a little
    till the point that its moist
    then set it in a tray of water
    i run my lights from 6am - 10pm.

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    it definitely is very etiolated. But, it looks like there's some new growth coming from the center...that's a good sign at least!

    The plant is starving for light, and its sense of seasons is probably all screwed up. Sounds like an east window isn't available, but do you perhaps have a southern or western window...preferably a drafty one?

    Here's my line of thought: Artificial light is the only way you'd be able to get a VFT to its full glory this time of year. And that is not a cheap or easy process for a beginner. But it hasn't been getting enough light anyway, so putting it in full-blown light right away would burn it. If you stick it in a window, it will get a small amount of light. It won't be enough to recover, but at least it will be something. Plus it might help the plant sync up with the seasons again. With any luck, by spring it will be healthy enough to stick outside in full sun.

    It's not looking too spiffy, but it could bounce back. Be patient...it won't look good for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    well
    the soil looks pretty soggy
    id let it dry out a little
    till the point that its moist
    then set it in a tray of water
    i run my lights from 6am - 10pm.
    Since I'm going to start this tonight should I go ahead and leave the light on all night?
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    this was my first VFT, from the same people that you got yours from or your cousin got it from it was crazy etoliated



    then just yesterday, i did the divisions and it turned out like this (i trimmed off many of the leaves)

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    no, i wouldnt leave it on all night.
    leave it on till about 10 your time
    but turn it off
    start the lights back up around 6 or 7 am tomorrow to get them on a good photoperiod
    what kind of lights are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Presto View Post
    it definitely is very etiolated. But, it looks like there's some new growth coming from the center...that's a good sign at least!

    The plant is starving for light, and its sense of seasons is probably all screwed up. Sounds like an east window isn't available, but do you perhaps have a southern or western window...preferably a drafty one?

    Here's my line of thought: Artificial light is the only way you'd be able to get a VFT to its full glory this time of year. And that is not a cheap or easy process for a beginner. But it hasn't been getting enough light anyway, so putting it in full-blown light right away would burn it. If you stick it in a window, it will get a small amount of light. It won't be enough to recover, but at least it will be something. Plus it might help the plant sync up with the seasons again. With any luck, by spring it will be healthy enough to stick outside in full sun.

    It's not looking too spiffy, but it could bounce back. Be patient...it won't look good for a while.
    We live in a 2 bedroom apartment, across from a cornfield. Bad drafts through the north window, and the xmas tree is there right now.
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    presto, i already told him about the windows lol i beat you to that.
    since it is from the same person as my first VFT
    the seasons are way out of whack.
    put it in dormancy next fall if it lives
    and get it back on its propper light schedule.
    it will bounce back, im sure of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    no, i wouldnt leave it on all night.
    leave it on till about 10 your time
    but turn it off
    start the lights back up around 6 or 7 am tomorrow to get them on a good photoperiod
    what kind of lights are you using?
    It's already 11:00 here. For tonight I was going to use the light that came with the aquarium, would that be a no no?
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