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    I've grown VFT's for many decades. I've never been too concerned with providing any particular dormancy. My usual difficulty is simply keeping spider mite infestations from doing them in. My best success with control of the ubiquitous (here in the desert southwest) and deadly spider mite, was when I grew the plants in undrained plastic containers, the kind that have snap-on lids. Whenever I suspected mites, I simply added enough water to submerge the plants, then let the water level subside naturally. The tray below is beginning to dry out and expose the leaves. I've also given this tray periods, in the refrigerator, a month or two at a time - with the lid on.
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    Joseph, so you've had plants survive indoors without providing dormancy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    Joseph, so you've had plants survive indoors without providing dormancy?
    Yes, for decades and without any obvious degradation. Unless I let pest insects affect them. I've seen problems with spider mites, aphid, thrips, mealy bugs, and when I was growing in a greenhouse in Albuquerque, NM, slugs (though the plants eventually caught and ate the slugs).

    Indoors or in a greenhouse, pest insects were the only serious problem.
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    Hmmm, Joseph, that's encouraging. I'm definitely going to try growing them without a dormancy.

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    Yes, very encouraging. You've already illustrated mexican pings can be grown year round in standing water, so I'll give a venus flytrap a try and grow it exlusively indoors.

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    i will do the same as well i have 5 that are about the size of a penny i started from seed ill do some indoors some out and see the diference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    You've already illustrated mexican pings can be grown year round in standing water.
    I do this with two out of the three Mexican pings I own. They are both growing in a standard multipurpose compost too.

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    To keep this going, here are a few of mine. I grow these under 4x T8 bulbs about 5" away from the plants. The photoperiod is 16 hours/day.

    Red Dragon coming out of a very light, short dormancy (it was all green just a week ago), right next to a larger typical:


    Some other kind of VFT looking nice and colorful:

    While I'm here - can anyone help me get an ID on this last one? If it's any help, it's a Lowes death cube VFT.

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