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    VFT With No Dormancy Mentioned on ICPS

    "In spite of what many people believe, it does not require dormancy to survive long term. It only requires dormancy if it is going to experience freezing temperatures."

    See the last paragraph: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/grow/guides/Dionaea

    Is this true? Anyone with experience?

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    While I haven't tried growing Dionaea long-term without dormancy I do trust this source. John Brittnacher has shown himself to be an observant, cautious and very experienced grower. Having said that, it is an interesting concept - especially if you are someone who has been jumping through the hoops of providing dormancy for these plants.
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    Interesting, it makes sense though. If flytraps can naturalize into Florida where it's possible for a winter to stay much warmer than usual it makes sense that they can grow without a dormancy period.

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    They've also naturalized even further South in Jamaica, along with S. minor and S. rubra, oddly enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntsmanshorn View Post
    They've also naturalized even further South in Jamaica, along with S. minor and S. rubra, oddly enough.
    I'd love to see photos of this.

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    Not sure I buy this but I have heard someone say that they only require longer dark nights and not cold. I'm not believing it as it does get cold down where they come from.

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    I've actually been wondering about this topic, recently, myself.

    I have some Dionaea that have skipped one or two deeply cold dormancy periods, so far. They're all indoors, and the light has been 18/6 throughout, but the temperature drops 10-20F in the coldest days of winter (compared to the hottest days of summer), and the humidity drops significantly, as well. That said, I don't believe the temperature ever drops below 50F (58F was the lowest surface temperature that I recorded with my IR thermometer), and the light has exactly as intense every day. I don't remember what happened last year, but this year, the plants that grow both tall and low leaves based on the season, switched to their winter forms, and are just now switching back into their summer forms.

    All but one, are thriving. I am going to attempt to feed them, this year.

    This makes me believe that Dionaea don't require a long, near-freezing dormancy period, to undergo metabolic changes according to the seasons. I am not sure what would happen if they didn't get any form of environmental changes, at all.
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