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    Will it be possible to adapt a Venus Fly trap to live year round?

    Do you think it would ever be possible to adapt a Venus Fly Trap to live year round? For example, someone grows a Venus Fly trap and year after year shortens the dormancy to a point where they can be grown year round.

    Would this be possible? If so, think about how well they would sell
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    I gave my neighbor a VFT and told her how to care for it. Growing outside in full sun, dormancy, etc.

    She failed to listen.
    She grows it on a south facing window inside. It has been there 4 years now. Looks great. In fact, she gave it to me this summer to thin it out it was so full in the pot.
    I'm guessing that the short photo period in winter and cooler temps make it go semi dormant?
    Will it continue to grow well, or will it start to weaken without dormancy in the up coming years? Only time can tell.


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    For something to 'adapt' it would need a reason to such as environmental change that was so drastic that it threatened vft dormancy and life, etc. But it wouldn't happen so soon probably generations and generations until it would acquire no need for dormancy. That's what my bio teacher said. But as of now, no. You should give it dormancy if I was a vft I would want to sleep after 3 seasons of growth.
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    It sure would be nice, but unfortunately I don't think it is possible in the immediate future. Maybe after many, many generations of selective breeding?

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    Yes, it would probably take many decades with selective breeding.

    Consider it would take at least 3 years growing without dormancy to select plants that seem the strongest and around 5 years to get a mature seed bearing generation from those. Even with tissue culture probably the most you can shave off is two years from that process. So 10 years per generation would probably not be an unreasonable time frame.

    And who knows what other characteristics may be selected or lost during the process.

    Why bother when you can pump them out in the thousands from tissue culture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Why bother when you can pump them out in the thousands from tissue culture?
    I totally agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post

    Why bother when you can pump them out in the thousands from tissue culture?

    Well, it would be nice to have a "tropical" venus fly trap that grows year round with no dormancy.
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    In theory, but I don't think it would happen anytime soon.


    Ahhh, the genius of tissue cultivations ahahahaha. Churn them out by the hundreds.
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