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    enviroment for my Vft Help

    hi guys so i have planted some vft seeds a while ago and they have done nothing i.e by a while ago i mean long enough that they should be growing by now is this ok for my venus fly trap im growing it in a propagator is that ok pics can be found here ...


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    i hope this is ok for them as ive planted more seeds inside this propagator its not small its a fair size and i have both air hole open any help on this would be great just to get them growing surley it is warm enough in there cause my D.cape is growing in there if it is ok for the seeds the only other thing i can think of is dead seeds maybe PLEASE HELP !!!! hehe


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    Richard,
    its hard to figure out what you are asking please consider using puncuation in the future I think you are asking if it takes awhile for seeds to sprout yes it does it takes weeks to months just keep at it although based on your photos it looks like you might not be giving them enough light I think you should take off the cover of the propagator and just put the seeds outside where they will get direct sunlight they will probably do better that way what kind of light are you giving them right now sun and bright light is much more important right now that temperature

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    but seriously..

    what kind of light is there inside that propagator hood?
    that could be your problem, why they havent sprouted yet.

    personally I would ditch the cover, put the propagator right up against the window..the brightest window you have..direct sun is best, keep it plugged in (if its electric) to keep the bottom heat going.

    If it comes down to choosing between heat and light, choose light.

    Scot

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    lol sorry for my english nope im not asking how long the seeds take to spout im asking if this propagator is ok i.e the temprature for the seeds to grow inside. it is not an electric propagator and i am using sun light when the sun is out lol on my window sill should i remove the propagator lid then or not but my point is what if i remove the lid and its not sunny i.e dull rainy then what ? please get back to me thanks

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    No matter what, the lid cuts down light a lot..sunny or cloudy..
    the cover has to go..
    if you dont have any artificial light (lightbulbs) over the propagator, which it sounds like you dont,
    then you need to get maximum light from the sun..which means removing the cover..

    IMO, you have 4 options.

    1. (best) remove the cover, put the propogator outdoors, where it will get maximum sun.
    leave it there until November..sunny or cloudy, doesnt matter..
    if you go that route, you should put a thin layer of Long Fibre Spagnum over everything, to keep rain from splashing peat around..(what are you using for the growing medium?)

    2. (better) remove the cover, put it in the brightest window you have, and add some artificial light over the propogator.

    3. (ok..but could be better) remove the cover, put it in the brighest window you have.

    4. (absolute worst) leave it as it is now..you arent getting NEARLY enough light with your current setup.
    not even close..

    If you go with artificial light, there are a lot of threads here about the best kind of lightbulbs to use..
    Fluorescent is best..dont use normal incandescent lightbulbs, they generate too much heat..

    actually, that propogator probably isnt best container to grow seedlings..
    how do you control water with it?
    does it have a drain? (holes in the bottom) or is it solid?

    best method for seedlings is the tried-and-true "tray method"..where you keep the pots in a tray of water..
    then put the pots under bright artificial light, or outdoors..

    Scot

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    i will have to put it in brightest window with lid off i cant put them outside as my dog will wreck them as shes a runt lol and if i put them in the front garden they will get stolen i.e i live in the ghetto lol.

    the propagator doesent have no holes im using a spray bottle as well though i need to know that if i take the lid off will this be ok for my D.Cape ? if so ill take it off straight away as soon as i get your reply ill be waiting thanks for all your help so far as well

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    Yes the cape sundew will be totally fine with the lid off..
    (actually..it will be BETTER off with the lid off)

    Hummidity is far overrated..you dont need a cover for any CPs really..
    (VFTs and Sarracenia anyway..some Nepenthes need extra humidity, but thats irrelevant to your current setup and plants)

    putting it in the brightest window you have, without the cover, will definately benefit all your plants..do you have a south-facing window that gets direct sun?

    long-term the Cape and the VFTs shouldnt be in the same container..
    because the VFTs will need dormancy, but the cape doesnt..
    but its fine to leave them together for now..

    Scot

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    ummm normally the back window gets most sunlight but no place gets more sun light as its moving..... well the sun isnt moving i am i.e the world lol so its always in a different place but direct sun light is in the back garden window i would say



    p.s.... do i have to give my cps dormancy ?

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