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    Question Tin foil reflectors

    It' the middle of winter. The sun is low. I have some tiny VFTs in a pot that's a little too deep in the pot for them to get full sun exposure (they're in a south facing window). Some of their leaves get a bit of sun.

    So here is my strategy. I've made little reflectors out of tinfoil and toothpicks. These reflect the sun back onto the plant. My worry is that the plant receives double sun exposure on a couple of leaves. With reflections coming off the surface of any standing water, would these plants not get a similar amount of light in the wild?

    Since they are skipping dormancy, I'd like to get them as much "food" as possible.

    Is this "over-parenting"?

    Thanks in advance!

    Adam

    PS. I also have 3 X 40W CFL on them for 14+ hours a day. They drop down to 2-3" above them once daylight is gone. During daylight, the lighting is raised just enough for all sunbeams to get through.

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    Tin foil is not a very good reflector of light. "Double exposure" is not something that should cause concern. Various areas of plants get various amounts of light in nature.

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    Is this "over-parenting"?
    Yes.

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm wondering if there is a way of getting too much sun on a plant. If the reflectors are not a danger, what about using a mirror all year round? Would you get double the growth?

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    Dionaea prefer full sun so too much light is probably not possible.

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    I've always found tin foil is a decent light reflector.

    The problem is you have a plant which is not fully dormant, but growing slowly through low light levels.

    You've got two options - leave it until it perks up in spring or force it start growing properly with growlights.

    Using tin foil at the moment will maybe just make it grow a little less slowly through it's semi-resting state. It would be pointless.

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    This time of year VFTs should be dormant. They don't need much light or heat while dormant and giving them too much will cause them to skip dormancy which will eventually weaken them.

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    Tin foil is an ok reflector but it creates hot spots which is bad for plants

    Instead, get mylar or just use white paper

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    I do have 3 X 40W CFL an them aswell. They are tilted up a bit to let the sun in and after the sun goes down they are tilted down to about 2-3" above the plants till anywhere from 11 pm to 1 am.. they go on again at 7 am.

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