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    Hey Carnivorous Newbie,

    Your plant looks pretty robust, but if you let it flower, I don't think in my opinion that I would skip dormancy. If you trim it; you should be able to skip a year.

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    Me again,

    Reverse what I said above. Should have proof read it better

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    LOL!
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    Okay those last three posts are what? Anyway, why should we skip dormancy? (My v-trap is also flowering) Doesn't that mean that the fly trap is sleeping? So why should it matter? Last question, Could I let it go dormant outside because I live in the higher mmountains of North Carolina. It frosts pretty hard and is usually below 20*F all winter which is usually about Thanksgiving through the end of March or the beginning of April. Last question, Should I cover it before it frosts and uncover it so it can do photosinthesis?(spelling?) Help!!!!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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    Quote (carniverous newbie @ Sep. 20 2002,10:10)
    Haha! I guess I'm lucky I'M the lady of the house. My hubby wouldn't dare tell me I could'nt grow them! I think he's scared of me, hmmm..... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    While I'm at the VFT question, I'd also like to know if I should spray my VFT's with fungicide. The reason I ask is I keep getting green algae on the moss, and I pick it off gently, but just to prevent more, should I spray?[/QUOTE]
    Are you watering top down? If so switch to tray watering. If you already tray water, try letting your plant dry out for a short time. If all else fails, cunsult someone who knows more about ways to get rid of cronic infestations of stuff, lol.
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    Yes, I am tray watering...I haven't let them dry out for any length of time yet though. Maybe I'll leave the tray empty for a couple days before refilling it next time to see if that helps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I do seem to be having another problem though...all 4 of my VFT's are sprouting new traps faster than I can count! One of my VFT's is up to 13 traps, including the partially developed ones growing. (It's a good problem by the way)! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    questions answered:

    1) depending on where you purchased the plant, you can skip dormancy for this year. Why would you do it? To have more time with your plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    2) If the plant is flowering, it is not sleeping. It is just trying to make seed. VFT's will usually flower in the Spring and Fall. If I were you, I would cut off the flower stalk. It does take away from the plant making traps and you will see a decline in the appearance of the plant. If the flower is allowed to make seed, then it is even more taxing on the plant.
    I assume that you were wanting the plant for the traps and not the flowers right? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    3) You do not want the plant to freeze. Ideal temps are low 30'-low 40's for dormancy. I wouldn't go further than that.
    The plant, in the wild, is found in the northern part of South Caronlina and the southern part of North carolina....if you are in that area, you are perfect. If you are in the mountains, it might be too cold for the plant. I would put him/her in either the garage or the fridge. You can cover it if you wish, but I would allow it to have some light. It will help reduce the risk of mold forming.

    carniverous newbie:

    Is the mold slimy? That is usually a signal of something ( it is too late and I can't think [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ) Scraping it off should help...try and take soil with the mold. You are probably only removing the mold, but more comes back [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I agree with Darcie ( again [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]) I would try and water, allow the water tray to empty and soil slightly dry and then water again. It should help with the mold problem. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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