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    First Fly Traps!

    Hello I just got in my first VFTs in the mail from flytrapshop.com
    For the time being(until I move into my new apartment) I will have to keep them inside under my old saltwater fishtank lights..I've done alot of reading on these forums so I think I'm ready to jump into this hobby.




    Pics aren't the best due to them being taken with my iPhone.

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    Nice plants! Welcome to the obsession/addiction! LOL You can never stop at one.
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    congrats, hopefully you can get those plants some sunlight though soon since those bulbs wont keep em too happy for long....
    wait till scottychaos comes on and sees this...i can see it now *rolls eyes*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Nice plants! Welcome to the obsession/addiction! LOL You can never stop at one.

    I agree. I buy a new plant every week, and now my credit card bill is $1000



    None-the-less, congrats on the first VFTs.
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    I've read on here about some people having success with VFTs under compact florescent lights with the winter dormancy in the fridge and the few examples I saw looked healthy to me(which I wouldn't know much about that yet) I know it's not ideal but if it turns out to be my only means since I'll live in an apt how well can this be done?

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    "in a scottychaos tone" you should only get flytraps if you can give them full sun! blah blah blah

    stick em under a few compact fluorescent lights or a few fluorescent tubes about 5" from the plants or so, once it starts getting later in summer start decreasing light levels by an hour or so a month and try to get the temps a bit lower as you go too....you should be able to do it that way but its a lot harder than it sounds....dormancy is triggered by the changing light and temperatures......once you hit early november, go ahead and try the fridge dormancy method

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    I agree with SirK., work with what you got if that is all you can do.

    At least you know your limitations going in on this, instead of thinking you will have perfect growth using sub-standard conditions.

    I used to grow indoors and supplemented light by having the plants in a sunny window, and that actually worked out quite well and actually colored up the plants. So if you if you have access to a window that will help (even a couple hours of sun/natural light will add to what you can give them artificially).
    And if you are limited to artificial fridge dormancy, so be it. (You might be able to store them in your car trunk all winter, depending on where you live!)
    (Oh yea, you may want a tray under your plants!)

    Hey, at least you are intelligent enough to try it with a VFT and not some rare Nepenthes or expensive Ceph! Go for it!
    Down the line, you may want to try something more adaptable to indoor cultivation however, as there are a lot of dews, neps and other plants that will do far better indoors, but again, at least you didn't spend much nor risk a rare plant.

    Best of luck!

    By the way...
    It is only impossible until you find another way of doing it.
    Then it becomes a "new and improved method"!
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    Thanks for the advice. I am very interested in some sundews its just I can't find the ones I was on sale anywhere besides ebay and I have no hope locally because they only carry "popular" plants.
    Also after day after coming out of the box they do look a tad bit better already.

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