My water bill would be out the door! Even with an R.O. unit.
It would take a lot of selective breeding - not to mention you're getting rid of one of VFt's natural features!
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Well..in theory there is one simple way to adapt a VFT to growing year-round and not require a dormancy..it happens all the time in nature..millions of species of plants have adapted to no dormancy!
All you do is build an artificial bog in South Carolina..stock it with VFTs..
then, very gradually, over the course of a few million years, slowly move it south toward the equator..
an inch a year should do it..
that would probably work! (seriously..not being sarcastic)
but other than that..no, it wont work..
I worked out the actual distance!
South Carolina to the equator is about 3,500 miles..
thats 22,176,000 inches. (22 billion)
lets say you would need 2 million years to actually adapt a plant to a new climate..
(I doubt one million would be long enough)
doing the math..thats 9 inches a year..(assuming my math is right!)
you would need to move the plants 9 inches a year southward to reach the equator in 2 million years.
thats only a little faster than Continental drift, and Continental drift alone is responsible for creating all kinds of new species,
and adapting existing species to new climates..so yeah, it would totally work.
you might have a new species of VFT by the time you get there!
but that could be interesting..
It would be way quicker then to let it go dorment every year. I have things to do in my 2 million years time.
Just remember that through selective breeding you can do remarkable things.
Consider that the following plants all come from an original type of cabbage and have been manipulated over many years through selective breeding: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.
Ahmad, depends on what you mean by "year round". VFTs can grow continuously here in SE Asia for years without dormancy. Because the weather is hot and bright year round except for a couple of months of warm rainy weather, VFTs grown outdoors react by propagating via offshoots. Over time, even as the main original shoot dies from the lack of dormancy, there are large clumps of offshoots to replace it. The longest the same plant has survived so far is 5 years.