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    VFTs

    Iím getting the itch to get some VFTs going but Iím in Vermont where itís -10 Fahrenheit this morning. All of my CPs are in dormancy. A local greenhouse has some pretty decent looking VFTs now. Would it be ok to get a couple and put them in a west facing window or would it be better to wait till the end of March or the beginning of April?

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    A west window is probably not ideal, and I would assume your window is still fairly cool. Without additional lighting to extend the "daytime" I'd guess the plant would attempt to slip into dormancy.
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    You would be better off setting up an area more to a warmer area of the room with sufficient artificial lighting, unless you have triple-paned glass in your window. At 10 below it's gotta be cold on that window sill, as Andrew has suggested. Flytraps do grow well indoors under grow lights and they have been successfully grown without dormancy.
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    I was going to grow the vft in a window at work. I have a couple of Drosera alicia and Drosera binata that are doing quite well in the window. The way I have them set up they are cool but not too cold. The binata has never gone dormant on me and I’ve had it for at least six years.

    The vft is in long fiber sphagnum moss and definitely needs a lager pot. Should I keep growing it in LFS or switch it to a peat:sand mix? I’ve had the best luck with peat:sand when compared to peaterlite, this last year was my first try with LFS and it didn’t impress me much. I’ll definitely get a light set up for it regardless of growing at home or at work. Since I just have the one I’ll probably get a cfl (Hydrofarm agrobrite FLC32D) and reflector/housing or an adjustable desk lamp so I can adjust the distance between the plant and the bulb.

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    I have grown VFTs just fine in LFS short term. I've never tried it long term, >3yrs though. Of the 3 media you mention it seems to be "what works for you" kind of situation, but there is no reason LFS won't work in my experience.
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    My original plan was to get two VFTs and try the peat:sand mix vs LFS. Maybe I’ll still do that but it’s difficult to get two similar plants and spring for two identical lighting setups. I suppose I could go with a two foot T5 light but I’m trying to keep cost under control.

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    Ok, I put the VFT in fresh New Zealand Long fiber sphagnum moss wetted with RO water. I got the cfl and a reflector today. I don’t want to overdo the light with the plant. I figure that when I’m done four inches from the bulb to the plant should be good, maybe even closer. The questions are, how far away should I start and for how many hours? It’s that 32 watt Agrobrite FLC32D. Any help would be appreciated.

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    4 inches sounds good to me and maybe 12 hours should be o.k. You don't want to get too close as cfl 'bulbs' put out quite a bit of heat and you could burn the plant. Good luck!
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