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    New to VFT's

    Hi there !

    Newbie here..Infact this is my first post!

    I just bought this

    http://www.hawkin.com/find/keyword-i...sReferrer=true

    As the store i work in. And came around looking for information. I have potted it as per instructions in the box.

    I cant keep it outside as i live in the UK and it would freeze to death!

    I have a strong lamp shining on it and i will have it on for 4 hours a day as the box said. I also cut off the end of a plastic bottle and put it over the pot as i heard this is good for them ? Humidity or something ?

    How can i keep it warm enough ?

    Will that lamp be ok ?

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    Welcome to carnivorous plants. The lamp will not give it enough light and too much heat. It is a temperate plant. The UK should be just fine for it. Put it outside or in the brightest window of your house. The seeds won't sprout untill you give them a could period lasting for about two months. Do not keep the bottle on. It is useless where you live. Venus flytraps are also very small from seed. it will take five years for you to get a large plant. Look around online. There are many great nurseries that sell large plants. And if you buy fron www.flytrapshop.com your name will turn green.
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    I thought VFT seed didn't need stratification? Isn't it flytrapshop.com?
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    Sorry my mistake. But flytrap seeds do need straftication. it gets cool in North Carolina

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    Nearly every guide I've read says to stratify Dionaea seed.

    However seeds are often ripe by mid summer. The seeds lose viability within a few weeks unless cold stored.

    These facts alone would argue against the need for stratification. However, stratification does not seem to harm the seeds. Whether or not stratification affects the germination ratios I have no idea.
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    Hi Trixie,
    welcome to the forums!

    Here is what I would do if I were you..

    put the pot of seeds outdoors..right now..
    they wont "freeze to death"..in fact, they NEED to be outside in the winter!
    its good for them..keeping them indoors virtually guarantees their death..

    keep the pot in a saucer of water all the time..
    put it somewhere it will get lots of sun..

    in the spring, if you are lucky, you will get some teeny tiny venus flytrap seedlings..
    they will remain virtually microscopic for a year or two..
    in about 5 years, if you are lucky, you will have one or two adult plants.

    more likely..nothing will happen..or you will get a few weak seedlings that will die in a few weeks..

    sorry..

    but those "kits with seeds" really suck..
    by FAR the worst possible way to get into carnivorous plants,
    especially for someone who has never grown them before..
    IMO, those kits are worthless..

    put your seeds outside, keep them moist, and in the spring you might get something..

    MEANWHILE!

    I would suggest buying an adult VFT!
    and starting to care for that..
    SO much more rewarding than seeds!

    there are several places in the UK that sell them,
    we can probably dig up a few nurseries if you need some leads..

    sorry to break it to you,
    but im just being honest.if you are really interested in VFTs..and of course you SHOULD be because they are awesome! its really much better to simply buy a new adult plant..
    they arent expensive, and there are reputable CP nurseries around who grow them well..
    you can mail-order them easily.

    but oh dear..I have one more bummer bit of news for you..
    right now is the worst possible time of year to buy them..because right now they are going dormant..

    you should buy a new VFT in the spring..
    if you can just wait a few months, you can start a very cool and successful CP collection in March or April! and "do it right" right from the start, with healthy mature plants just beginning a new season..which is much more rewarding than watching anemic seedlings
    slowly die under weak artificial light indoors in the winter..which is "doing it wrong" in every respect..

    yours in brutal honesty,
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    There is no need to stratify VFT seed. You can just plant them as soon as they come off of the plant. I planted all of my seed as soon as it came out of the seed pods this year. My germination rate was basically 100%.

    I have read that the longer you wait to sow the seed, the lower the germination rate.

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    Welcome to Tf! And welcome to the wonderful world of discussion forums, where everybody expresses differeing opinions, most of which are valid.... and seemingly confusing. Follow Scottychaos' advice, as it is the most comprehensive.

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