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    Hi Nflytrap,
    Your plant going limp is due to the quick climate change. If you leave the cover on and want to take it off, do so SLOWLY (over a few days or so). If you go too quickly it can go into shock. You want it to be able to acclimate to the new levels of light, humidity, and temp of the outside world.

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    Does that mean to expose it to outside for gradually increasing periods of time.....like say 1/2 and hour one day, an hour the next several days later try 2 hours a day.


    How does it look when the plant dies back into dormancy?
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    You got it. The leaves need time to toughen up and get used to conditions that can change drastically from day to day and moment to moment (unlike the inside your home).

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    Here is a couple pics of one of my VFTs to give you an idea what to expect.





    See how the traps are all on much shorter leaves that lay flat to the soil? Thats what they should look like.

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    Hmmm, those pics are pretty interesting. I expected all the leaves to die and for it to be just a pot of sphagnum for a couple months.
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    Nooooooo.. those leaves will stay on the plant all winter long. There wont be much growth (if any) for a couple months once the plant goes all the way into its dormancy. Those leaves will still continue photosynthesis over the winter, but the traps wont be very usefull for bug catching.

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    So whne winter comes, I put the plant outside where it will get some sun, yet still remain cold?



    BTW, should I worry about frosts? We get them here during winter(zone 8).
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    Yes. Put them someplace where they will recieve some sunlight and some bright shade in daytime, preferably protected from rain. I keep mine on a table under an awning beside the house which fortunately faces East so I get a couple hours of morning sun. VFTs can handle overnight lows into the 20s but if you are worried you can bring them in on those nights and it wont hurt them.

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