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    Hi, i was looking at buying a few plants next week, and I'd like to try a Venus flytrap again, as the one i had last year did not do well(too little light I'm thinking). This year I know more about what im doing and im ready to give it another shot, but i have a few questions....
    1) Light- my plants get about 5 hours of light and knowing fly traps love lots of light, I'm not sure if that's enough.

    2) Heat- our summer's here are extremely hot, 110 degrees or higher is common, with very low humidity

    3) Watering- I normally keep my Darlingtonia and Sarracenia in deep trays, but I've read that flytraps like to be in shallower trays, so I'm not sure how deep to keep it, especially factoring in the water evaporation rate in summer.

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    5 hours of direct Sun or bright indirect? They need minimum 6 hours of more of direct Sun a day.
    They can take the heat but you could shade them a bit if needed during the hottest part of the day.
    Keep them in shallow water trays, about an inch deep. As long as the water is BELOW the rhizome it'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyr View Post
    They need minimum 6 hours of more of direct Sun a day.
    Really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Really?
    Yes really. Google it and see. Remember that these are not houseplants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Really?
    Yes really. Google it and see. Remember that these are not houseplants.
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    I've been growing them in the UK for 33 years. How many days do you think we get 6 hours of direct sun a year? And don't forget we're on a latitude the same as Alaska so the sun we do get is weaker than the US
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    They get about 5 hours direct sun, plus around 4 of bright shade.

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    You should be ok for light. You're worried about keeping them wet enough without swamping them so try deeper pots so the plant is held higher yet there's still a good reservoir in the tray ( we call them Long Toms).

    If you're managing to keep Darlingtonia in your temperatures then Dionaea should be a stroll in the park.
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