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    generally south-facing windows get the most sun..(uless you have a large roof overhang)
    east and west windows are second best..
    North is worst..

    Just pick whatever window you think is the brightest, and go with that..

    yes, the VFTs will need dormancy..the cape sundew doesnt.

    but dont worry about VFT dormancy yet..wait to see if some seeds sprout first!
    then you can worry about dormancy later..

    generally VFTs do very poorly indoors long-term..
    they should really be outside if you want them to live for many years..

    but again, dont worry about that right now..
    first step is just getting the seeds to sprout!

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    thanks for all your help much greatful

    Richard

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    No problem richard!

    keep us posted on how your plants are doing!

    People often let newly sprouted VFT seedlings go their first winter without dormancy..
    personally I dont recommend it, but apparently it works..
    so in theory you should be OK for a year..

    but if your seeds sprout, you will need to plan for dormancy next spring..
    a year from now, Spring 2010, your VFTs will really have to go outside if you
    want them to survive long term..

    persoanlly im not a big fan of growing CP's from seed..
    (VFTs take 5 years to reach adult size when grown from seed..
    they stay very tiny for a long time..)
    I tried it once, dont need to try it again..
    its much easier to just buy full-grown plants..

    although I do want to eventually build a large-ish outdoor bog..
    in that case, I might try a whole bunch of VFT and sarracenia seeds..

    Scot

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    intresting i will keep you posted on how they go i just found out that from the morning till mid day the sun is at the front of the house then after it moves to the back hehe :P


    Richard

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    Just so you're aware, and not to be a killjoy but you should know what you're getting into growing Venus flytraps from seed...

    IF you are expecting them to grow very soon into full-grown plants, they won't. For the first few years, the entire plant will probably not be much bigger than a dime with traps about the size of two pieces of dry rice. They won't be fully grown for about 4-5 years. If you knew this and growing them from seed is exactly what you want, good luck! I may do it someday, but I haven't yet. I've been told that it's not easy but I'm no authority on growing from seed.

    If you didn't know that and if you are now thinking "oh crap...I wanted a larger plant with traps the size of quarters", you'd be better off ordering a few VFT's from Andy over at http://www.flytrapshop.com/ - Andy also runs this forum. He'll do you right if you order from him; everyone you see with a green forum name has ordered plants from Andy; its his way of saying "thanks".

    Either way, good luck.

    Oh and if you want to learn more about VFT's and carnivorous plants in general (and how to grow them, etc.), I think everyone here would agree that this is the book you want:
    http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Garden-...1189775&sr=8-7

    Edit: Regarding your comment just above, morning sun is better for plants than afternoon sun - you know, in the event you have to go away from the house for a few days and pick a window to leave your propagator in, or something..

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    I agree with Valydius it does take a long time for the to get the size of the plants you'd see in stores, but if your willing to keep growing them I'm sure you'll be rewarded and while your waiting for the seedlings to grow you can always get a flytrap from andy's store.

    I have a small pot of seedlings of Dente/red dragon flytraps which are tiny and cute, but they're growing pretty well eating plenty of springtails that are in the pot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebird View Post
    I agree with Valydius it does take a long time for the to get the size of the plants you'd see in stores, but if your willing to keep growing them I'm sure you'll be rewarded and while your waiting for the seedlings to grow you can always get a flytrap from andy's store.

    I have a small pot of seedlings of Dente/red dragon flytraps which are tiny and cute, but they're growing pretty well eating plenty of springtails that are in the pot.
    Are the springtails a stroke of luck? If not, where did you get them? I could use those for my capensis...

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    i know they take a while this is why i have not bought one which has been grown as i wanted to do it my self and im willing to spend my time doing this as im only young really hehe i would like to see the whole procedure which i think is coool no matter how long it takes


    p.s D.cape grown very quick hehe.... welll quickish


    Richard

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