hope this helps
Why is my Venus flytrap not growing
? Why are my Venus flytraps leaves turning black? Why are my pitcher plants
looking shabby? Just what do you mean by dormancy?
These are just a few of the questions I receive each fall and winter regarding my customers carnivorous plants
. With this is mind I have provided brief care instructions designed to allay everyone's fears about their favorite plants
during this time of year. Hopefully for many it will mean they begin seeing their plants
resting and dormancy as a natural and beneficial process for keeping and maintaining healthy carnivorous plants
. I also hope to convey that it is usually not your fault when your plant
and hibernates for a few months.
I put them first on my list because they are often the most misunderstood of all carnivorous plants
. Venus flytraps are NOT jungle plants
. They are not found in some dense and steamy jungle in some remote part of the world. They are indeed native only to a narrow stretch of coastal area along the Carolina's, mainly within a 100-mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina. The natural environment of the Venus flytrap includes relatively low winter temperatures that never quite reach below freezing.
Q. So how can you give your Venus flytrap a healthy dormancy?
A. Well, if you live in an area with chilly, but not freezing, winters (similar to Venus flytraps' natural habitat in North Carolina), they can be placed outside in a cool area protected from frost. One must keep the soil slightly moist and ensure that the plant
still receives a small amount of sunlight. Those who live in areas with extremely cold winters should place their Venus flytraps in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for two to three months, starting in autumn. You can either place them bare rooted wrapped in moist sphagnum moss or just place the whole pot and plant
in a sealed zip-lock type bag. As a general rule of thumb, you can do this in early or mid November and then take them out by mid February. Of course you can start this process earlier or latter depending on your needs. One thing is for certain, if you try and bypass a Venus flytraps natural dormancy cycle for more that one year they will eventually "revolt" in the form of weak and stunted growth. So for those of you growing
Venus flytraps under artificial lights take heed, a little dormancy education will go along way in keeping your Venus flytrap collection looking stellar.
Q. What kind of Venus flytrap will I recieve from BugBitingPlants if I make a purchase in the fall and winter months?
A. We will endeavor to always send the best looking and healthiest Venus flytraps that are in stock. We will never send a bulb only unless specifically ordered. We keep a stock of Venus flytraps for sale under artificial lights throughout the winter months to ensure you receive a good looking plant
. However we cannot guarantee that we will always have enough of our Venus flytraps growing
under lights to keep up with demand. In that case we will substitute those for plants
that are in dormancy which means you may receive drab looking plants
.. Some customers think they are dead but are not dead but merely resting. As a general rule of thumb, don't expect vigorous leaf and trap growth in the middle of winter.