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    Hi everyone, I've been viewing this board for about two weeks and just got my Green Dragon from this site.

    Now I face another problem-its in my office. I live in Wichita Kansas and it gets cold here around this time. It sites on a glass table about five feet away from the window, this is because it gets really cold near the window. And my office feels like its 40 degrees the next morning so I suspect its around that temperature during the night also. It gets mostly office light during the day and none at night.

    What do I do to help it survive? (the boss says Im prolonging its suffering, which I guess is true in a way but its not my intention!) Do I put a clear cup around it to keep moisture in during nights?

    Any help is appriciated!

    Kuno

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    I think your main problem may end up being lighting they need quite a bit. I am not sure on the exact requirements but you'll find them posted all over this forum.
    If its realy cold and you can't turn up the heat I guess you can just pretend its in dormacy. In those conditions it wont grow well so letting it sit in a tray of water may not be all that great for it also I wouldn't put a cup on it either because your plant could end up gettin fungus.
    Since it is in an office is there anyway you could buy your little guy an office lamp and put a grow light in it?

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    Hey Kuno

    You have a couple of options:

    If you have a desk lamp or some small light fixture... you can put it over your plant. Make sure that you put a COOL WHITE lightbulb in. Other lighting produces heat that can damage your plant.
    Keep the light 6-8 inches above the plant. Then you need to leave it on for 12-14 hours a day. Since it isn't natural lighting, the light has to stay on longer so the plant can still get its Photo period in. ( Plus the intensity isn't as great as the sun...we are trying to mimic it [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img])


    Since your lighting isn't great and it is cold by the windows, The plant would be better off around more light and less cold. If it doens't get that it will go dormant. Not die, just sleep for the winter ( or what's left of it ). This wouldn't be a bad option if you cannot provide the light/temps the plant needs.

    If you want to keep the plant around ( and not dormant - who wouldn't right? ) I would get it some more light. When you have a lamp on it...it will increase the temp around the plant as well.

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    You can always take the plant home at night to let it be with you so it stays warm. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


    Humidity isn't a big factor with the VFT ( this though is up to debate and some will disagree ).

    Putting a cup or something over it won't help that much. The two big issues that you have right now is Light and Temperature.

    keep up informed about your plant!



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    Thanks for replying guys your suggestions are helpful.

    After posting this thread I actually did bring my VFT home and finally gave it a bug for dinner =) My mom had never seen a venus flytrap before and she was just wowed by it!

    I guess the only options I can choose now is to let it sit dormant or bring it home until summer because the cleaning crew comes in and turns off all lights.

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    Well if you want to work around the cleaning crew you could put the lights on a timer so it wont be on while they are there to turn it off....

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    That is a really great idea!!
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    Thanks Jaie [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I thought it up all by my self too.
    Oh ond Kuno if you decide to use a timer you can usually pick one up anywhere that sells lighting for about &#365.

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    Well it doesn't matter about the lack of light at night - it'll need some hours of darkness. If you buy a light you can leave it on 9-5. I'm using a daylight blue bulb at the moment and everything seems ok.

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