Venus Fly Trap Dormancy

Please proceed to read this topic all the way through, but also be sure to check out the Venus Fly Trap Dormancy frequently asked questions page.

Most inexperienced Venus fly trap growers make the assumption that Dionaea muscipula are tropical plants and that they should be kept in warm growing conditions year round. However, the truth is that Venus Fly Traps are very hardy perennial plants. This means that they grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back to a small rosette every winter, growing back in the spring from their energy reserves saved up in the rhizome or root-stock. They can withstand frost and light freezes. However, freezes that last an extended period of time can kill Venus Fly Traps.

In order for Venus Flytraps to survive long term, they must have a dormancy period every year that lasts three to five months. Experienced growers report that a minimum dormancy period of 10 weeks is the shortest amount of time required for a Venus fly trap to grow well throughout the next growing season. Without a dormancy, Venus Fly Traps will weaken and die over a period of time. During dormancy, Venus flytraps can survive without any light, but this is not optimal. And it seems that photoperiod, over temperature, is the more driving force for triggering dormancy in Venus Fly Traps.  As the days begin shortening in the fall, Venus fly traps will start shedding their summer leaves.  As the temperatures drop, their grow will slow.  Flytraps will put out smaller, lower, ground-hugging leaves through their dormany period provided that the weather isn't too harsh or too cold.

Venus Fly Traps coming out of dormancy

A dormant Venus Fly Trap isn't very pretty. In fact, most people who don't know that Venus Fly Traps enter a dormant period would think that the plant is dying. I have read on more than one occasion that people have thrown out their plant as it was entering dormancy, mistakenly thinking that it was dying. Most of the leaves turn black and the plant pretty much stops growing, at least to the observer. Click on the photo to the right to see a large image of three Venus fly traps in dormancy (actually just awakening from dormancy). Notice all of the dead leaves.

During dormancy, the light and water needs for the Venus Fly Trap change a bit. Venus Flytraps should receive a reduction in water to help prevent mold. The media should never dry out completely, but the plants shouldn't be kept extremely wet either. Certainly not as wet as they are kept during the active growing season. As stated above, Fly Traps can go without light completely during dormancy, but this isn't ideal. There are basically three ways to approach Venus Fly Trap dormancy:

    • Outdoors
    • Indoors
    • Skip it

I will go into the details of each of these options and the sub-options for each.


Outdoor Venus Fly Trap Dormancy

This is the easiest and preferred method of taking Venus Fly Traps through dormancy. If you are one of the lucky people and you happen to live in a place where the winters are mild, in a hardiness zone of 8 or better (see the hardiness map below), then you can just leave your Venus Fly Traps outside year round unprotected. If they are potted in a small pot, you might want to consider bringing them in if there is one of those rare, extended freezes, but for the most part, they can be left alone and they will be very happy outside.



United States Hardiness Zone Map

If you live a hardiness zone between 4 and 7, it is possible to winter your Venus Fly Traps outdoors provided you take some extra measures to protect them. The plants will need to be planted in the ground in a bog garden or other soil that is good for carnivorous plants. Pots are too susceptible the the surrounding air temperature and will not offer enough protection for the plants throughout the winter. In addition to being in the ground, plants should either be mulched or covered with leaves to be more protected from the inclement weather. One solution that I have heard is to cover the Venus Fly Traps with leaves in the fall as temperatures near freezing, then lay a board over them with a heavy stone or bricks on top to keep in place. Another option that I've heard growers in Canada do is cover their plants with pine needles. They lay down a burlap sack or other instrument over their plants prior to putting down the pine needles. The burlap sack will allow them to easily remove the pine needles when winter is over. This method has successfully wintered venus fly traps outdoor in zone 4. Provided that steps are taken to help keep the plants insulated, they should survive the winter. The main goal here is to prevent the rhizome from freezing solid.

Indoor Venus Fly Trap Dormancy

If you aren't one of the lucky people, and you live in a place where you have extended freezes (hardiness zone 7 or less) and you don't have a bog garden or other way of planting your Venus Flytraps in the ground, then you will likely have to bring your Venus Fly Traps indoors for the winter. Now, there are a couple of options for wintering the plants indoors.

A cool windowsill or unheated porch or garage

This is the best method if you are unable to winter your plants outside. If possible, put the plants in a south facing window of an unheated porch or garage that doesn't freeze. Ideally the night-time temperature should stay between 32 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Daytime highs can get into the 70°F and even 80°F range and flytraps will remain dormant so long as the days are still short.  Venus Fly Traps that are in dormancy will still grow, however the growth will be quite slow compared to spring and summer growth and it is unlikely that the plant will start putting up new large leaves until they are ready to come out of dormancy. If the plant is receiving sun during its dormancy, then it can still perform photosynthesis and this will help keep the plant healthy. Also, since the plant is still receiving sun daily, it will know when to come out of dormancy as the photoperiod starts to extend as spring arrives.

The refrigerator method

Be sure to read the Venus flytrap fridge tutorial if you think you might have to do a refrigeration dormancy.

Use this method as a last resort. If you don't have any other option for a place to winter your plants, or if you happen to live in a place where it doesn't get cold in the winter, or your days don't shorten enough, you will likely have to "force" the Venus Fly Traps into dormancy. The more gentler the forcing, the more likely your plant is to live through the winter. Ideally, you would decrease the photoperiod over time along with decreasing the temperature in order to send the plant proper signals to start preparing for dormancy. Too sudden a change in photoperiod or temperature might actually kill your Venus Flytrap.

You have 2 options when placing the Venus Fly Traps into your refrigerator:

  1. Put your plants into the fridge bare rooted.
  2. Put your plants into the fridge in their pots.

Bare root plants in the fridge

For this method, gently remove the Venus Fly Trap from its pot and dip the plant and soil in distilled water (or other pure water) and swirl it around to remove all of the media from its roots. When you have the entire white rhizome exposed and roots that are free of all soil, remove any parts of the plant that appear to be dead. This should be obvious from the color. Dead or dying leaves will be brown or black. In fact, it wouldn't hurt to just cut off all the leaves and traps. This will give the fungus much less to start growing on when the plant is in the fridge. Once you have removed whatever growth you feel might cause a fungal problem, treat the entire plant with a fungicide solution by either dipping it or misting it. Now, wrap up the Venus Fly Trap in a damp paper towel or sphagnum peat moss. The paper towel or sphagnum should only be damp, not soaking wet. If you squeeze it and water comes out, that's too wet. Place the plant in a zip lock plastic bag. Be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag to limit the risk of fungus and seal the bag tight. If possible, put the bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Check in on the plant every week or so throughout the dormancy to ensure that it isn't rotting or suffering a fungal attack.

Potted plants in the fridge

The Venus Fly Traps and their pots should be put into plastic bags and placed into the refrigerator for the 3 to 5 months. Obviously this takes up quite a bit of space in the fridge, so for that reason alone, it may want to be avoided. If your fridge is like most people's, it is probably already full most of the time. Also, Venus Fly Traps that are wintered this way are very susceptible to mold and other disease, so you will definitely want to use a light dusting of fungicide powder or protect the plants from mold in some other way. This is a must. You will also want to check in on the plants at least every couple of weeks throughout the 3 months or so that you leave them in the fridge to ensure that they aren't molding.

Skip Venus Fly Trap Dormancy

If you just want to enjoy your plant year round and don't care about killing it, you can just skip dormancy. Venus Fly Traps can live for perhaps a few years without dormancy, but they will eventually start to decline and die. If you can get another plant and just want to enjoy the plant as much as you can, skipping dormancy is an option, though obviously an eventually fatal one.

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#109 EnzoC 2013-12-25 02:21
Can my flytrap grow where I live? I'm residing in the Philippines which is a tropical country. Can my plant somehow adapt to the lack of winter and not go through dormancy? If not, any idea where I might place it for dormancy?
#108 kevin garcia 2013-10-14 16:57
Is it natural for traps to die in the middle of october
#107 kevin garcia 2013-10-14 16:55
Is it.natural that some traps are dying near the middle of october
#106 Kendra 2013-08-16 07:33
I have had my trap for over a year, I live just north of Atlanta I Left it out all year it went dormant on its own(it didn't look very good) but it the spring it came back and now it has quadrupled in size! I just snip off the flower shoots and take off any black or discolored leaves. If a cold frost hits I cover it with blanket.. for hard freezes I bring it in and put it in the fridge. ;-)
#105 Brandon 2013-08-11 22:46
I live in California and I was wondering if it's ok if I leave my plant outside durning dormancy and also in California when should I start the dormancy period
#104 Tina 2013-06-20 18:15
What if you live in a tropical climate? Do you need to find a way to force the plant into dormancy?
#103 bobo 2013-06-12 21:10
Many thanks to this website, I am growing from seeds ill post pictures of how the plants are doing.
#102 Andrey 2013-04-03 05:43
hi everybuddy!

I have recently bought my vft. It has ten reddishs jaws, say 1-3cm long I am not sure was the plant dormant this winter and question is should I make the plant dormant?

There is only a month before the growing season.

I will join the forum as soon as I get stationary Pc, coz from android it's not usable.

#101 Rachaelrachael 2013-02-26 18:00
Hey Matt. my trap is going on one year. i got it in the spring of last year and it did fabulously! even bloomed which i had no idea could happen. Then the stink bugs came... evidently traps can't eat those devil bugs. and now it's really not looking good. after reading about going into winter months and am wondering if it's that or if the stinkers killed it. the traps themselves are blown open and non-responsive to close. then they turn brown. there are new sprouts forming at the base so maybe it's okay? any tips?
#100 David Byron 2012-11-11 02:52
I keep my Dionaeas in a garage. (Nov - March April) Low light level, 0 - 10 deg C. They do not " blacken" but are non-reactive. The long-ish sleep seems to do them good. Strong, healthy insect-gobblers in July !!
I had a two-year old - very vigorous. Looking cramped in a small pot. I repotted, after dividing up the plant. Result: 10 ( yes) superb little plantlets that are thriving. No sign,as yet, that they are " weaker" than the parent plant. I now have over 20 , for the price of a few euros / dollars . Hope this is of interest to beginners. David Byron. Brittany. France.
#99 Famimi Burg 2012-10-08 18:46
Hey thanks for the great info. I have 2 one year old venus flytraps that i grew from seed. When or should i put them in the fridge?
#98 chris weaver 2012-10-01 16:58
I live in california and all the information on this site has been very helpful. Much appreciated.

#97 Rene A 2012-09-06 15:57
HI! I have brand new VFT seedling(2 months old)... but since we are in late summer should i skip this year dormancy or what??? ;-). thank you. btw i love your website and your plants and seed are of very high quality... keep up the good work.;-)
#96 Angel 2012-09-02 15:19
Hi! I'm new here I study every thing I need for the VFT and I was wondering :/ How long does it take for the newborns to grow?
#95 nate 2012-08-15 22:46
I sit on the edge of zone 7 and 8, I think I'll risk it this year...
#94 Shannon 2012-08-04 20:15
I bought 2 VFT and they are the cooloest. I finally figured out how to get my plant to eat today by reading your site. I have had them for two weeks and all of the traps were wide open as if it were searching for food. Now that it has eaten i feel much happier. The information on this site is fantastic and extremely helpful to novice growers like myself. Thank you so much for your expertise and love for these plants it has definitely made me more confident in growing my plants :-)
#93 flyman 2012-07-15 16:08
i need help,my trap won`t open i got them today so i feed them and they won`t OPEN plz help me :cry:
#92 nirok 2012-06-04 18:59
Good info! shame they don't give these type of instructions when you buy the plants, they just say sunlight and keep wet...
#91 steve_d 2012-05-25 11:04
To Foster H.-- The answer to your questions is to ask them in the FlytrapCare Forum, not here (as the "this area is for comments only; if you have a question, join the forum" in bright red letters indicates)"

Flytrap Care forum is here: FlytrapCare Forum (
#90 Foster H. 2012-05-25 10:53
Thanks I love this site! =D But now I have question. I live in Michigan so the weather is chaotic. We had 80 degree weather in marach and right now in may we have 78 degree weather and in october to febuary its usually an anverage of 23 degreees I keep my Venus Fly trap indoors on my kitchen windowsill i just got the plant 2-3 weeks ago when i bought it it had 5 heads i know its too late to have it go dormant but what i was wondering was if i should let it go dormant if i am going to be keeping it indoor as long as i have it also i would like to know that if i should let my venus fly trap go dormant what time i should have it start

P.S. Can you please E-mail me your answer?
P.S.S. If you can't E-mail it to me can you please right your answer on this page.
Thanks!!!!!! =D =P =)
#89 Andre Lopez 2012-05-17 09:51
Since I live in a Tropical Island should I skip dormancy ? How much can a Venus Fly Trap survive skipping Dormancy ?
#88 Andre Lopez 2012-05-17 09:49
Hi, I am in a hurry! I just order Venus Fly Trap seed and I live in a tropical Island (Puerto Rico). Can someone recommend me how, when and where to plant them ?
Pleaseee Help Me!
#87 jp 2012-04-26 05:31
What time in the winter does the plant go into dormancy
#86 steve_d 2012-02-04 14:48
If the "solarium" is a covered container, remove the cover or direct sunlight will cause the inside to overheat like an oven. If you live in the northern hemisphere, Venus Flytraps will begin to emerge from dormancy at this time (February and March). If the plant is new, keep it inside on a sunny windowsill, not outside in direct sunlight and wind, and gradually accustom the plant to your environment and climate.
#85 Alex the clueless 2012-02-04 14:10
I just got a flytrap as a suviner and it is early February and as soon as I read this I put my plant out side the window of my solarium(its at ground level) on which windowsil it was previosely kept and I'm holding tit will go into dormancy. I'm I doing the right thing here cuz I realy like this plant I'm not sure how it will feed either cuz there r no bugs this time of year
#84 samule 2011-12-05 19:55
where could i buy fungicide spray for my venus flytrap? could i put in the fridge just in the pot and not water it as much and keep it the same i heard it will get mold but i do not want to miss dormancy?
#83 john_venusflytrap 2011-08-23 03:27
hi mmy venusflytrap is still young this VFT need dormancy?
#82 Cassandra Kirby 2011-08-18 14:17
ive had my venus flytrap for 7 months i was woundering how do you keep it alive trough the winter?
#81 Dumb Oh 2011-07-02 19:49
OK so I'm just wondering... Is it possible to just put the trap in the fridge during the night and then leave it out during the day? My apartment stays in the 65 or less range during the day when I am not home (in winter). I am asking bc I don't want to leave my plant outside all winter this year.
#80 rubel 2011-01-18 12:39
i just bought a Venus fly trap and thought it was dying but after some research found out that it was entering dormancy my bedroom window sill is south facing and quite cool but isn't really humid and the heating is placed directly under and it can become quiet hot am not sure if i should put it in my bathroom its very cool in there always but will the humidity effect it and any chemicals in the air for example shower gel or anything?
#79 steve_d 2011-01-05 14:23
Thanks Budsy for your comments about Venus Flytrap dormancy. My own experience is similar: Venus Flytraps need neither an overly long dormancy (12-14 weeks is often plenty) nor overly deep or cold dormancy (temperatures in the 40s and 50s, with daytime highs even in the 70s and sometimes 80s during the winter, is fine.

Please consider joining the FlytrapCare Forum if you are not already a member, to share your knowledge and growing experience there. :-) Forum
#78 Budsy 2011-01-05 14:09
I'm not so sure that a complete dormancy is essential. I say that only because I have kept flytraps going without a hard dormancy. They will slow down in cooler temps. My experience is similar to that with some other plants I grow, such as some orchids and African Amarillis. That is, follow the clues given to you by the plant. If a plant is showing you that it wants to go to sleep, don't try to force it to stay awake. Likewise, don't force your flytrap to go to sleep (by putting it in the fridge) if it persists in growing and putting up flowers even in the coldest days of January.
#77 Greg 2011-01-04 20:51
I just wanted to thank you guys for the great advice!:-)
#76 Dan Bowen 2011-01-01 14:12
I have found your, to have very good info. and the comments good as well! All the info. on the Venus Flytraps and other are so true for I have been enjoying them all for 50+ years and have found a way to grow them all together in a terrarium and Yes the Venus Flytrap too! So, true about them needing a winter rest! I have three crops of Venus Flytraps, One crop seeding and One crop is resting in the refeg. and One crop is in mild summer and look GREAT. Love your Web site and please care it up, good job! Author Daniel Lee Bowen
#75 steve_d 2010-11-23 21:03
You will receive many good answers and comments to your questions by joining the FlytrapCare Forum ( and posting your questions there.
#74 Kyle 2010-11-22 08:14
Hey, just a heads up, your site is very informative on the care and information of these amazing plants.

A quick question though, i have my plant on a windowsill facing the south. it gets a good amount of sunlight there, but in the winter the room does get a little cool, im not sure if it gets down to 55 but i think it gets pretty close. Would it be safe leaving it in said windowsill for the whole dormancy and after. I guess my real question is it ok if it still receives sunlight during dormancy and such.

(P.S. i believe earlier today i picked some traps off because i thought they were dead, the whole trap and the stem was black and shriveled so i only went with my assumption that those traps were dead. Is there any sort of difference that would differentiate a dead trap and a dormant trap?)
#73 Duvet 2010-10-21 13:08
Why would someone skip the dormancy of the pant and kill it? Now, if the weather is very cold outside, could we bring the plant indoors, but keep it in a cold place so it can be "tricked" to be dormant? And during this time, it will be completely like dead?I mean all black leaves, no green ones ect......By the way the site is really great, it is really helpfull! :D
#72 donciukas 2010-10-17 00:31
Hi Matt, have a question. While keeping my VFT in the fridge, do I really need a plastic bag on top of it? You didn't write this in your post, but this information is some of videos.
Thank you.
#71 Davey K 2010-09-03 16:22
I bought a sorry looking little VFT about 6 months ago on discount from a local garden store (I live in the UK) and have nursed it back to health (it occurs to me that it may of looked so sorry because it was in dormancy but I am not sure), it has nice big traps now with a lightly redish colour.

I tend not to feed my trap manually but the little thing seems to do well enough on its own and the hover flys we get during the summer months almost swarm around it some days. I have read on some sites that feeding it spiders and the like is a bad thing and while trying to research this I cam accross this usfull site.

Since I have had the plant I have self propogated it and now have around 20 new seedling that are doing well (I am aware that they may not be as strong or healthy as the mother plant but I did not have another to propogate with).

I plan to get a few more early next year, different types/cultivars (?)

Anyway - Thanks for the great website and good luck to all you other VFT lovers out there.

#70 Charee 2010-07-19 12:08
You know. I should of read this forum a long time ago. I had a red dragon venus fly trap and accidentally l left the window open over night and it dropped around 40 degrees. I noticed after that my plant started to turn dead-like and I was not aware that they went dormant for the winter. So I sadly threw it out... :cry:

Now that I know this, I won't be surprised when my new plants come in and they do go dormant. And also, it is a good thing that I live in Nebraska were it does snow and get really cold during the winter time.

Thanks for explaining this. It is appreciative and I will hopefully know now not to throw out my fly traps that look dead in the winter.

#69 steve_d 2010-06-20 07:00
Hello Jamie, you need to ask those questions in the Forum, not here. Just join the Forum here:
#68 Jamie 2010-06-19 23:13
Hi...I couldnt figure out how to post questions, so imma just put them on here...(: (only a beginner.)
-I live in Kentucky, its almost July. When should i buy mine or does it matter, depending on 'dormency' ?
-Does the plant go into dormency by its self, or do we cause it to ? Is it a bad thing when it does ?
-Would it be ok, for me to just sit it in its pot, in my windshield the whole year indoors, or keep it outside on my porch ?
-What kind of soil/sand stuff should i use, nd where can i buy it ?
-How long can they live ? Do they live longer outside in a pot, or inside in a pot ?
-Is it ok for them to eat spiders ? The whole reason i want a VFT is just because theyre awesome, nd they can eat the ugly little bugs i find in my room.
-What would happen if they were on my front porch, nd a little lizzard happens to find its way into the plants mouth ?? How long could the lizzard live before the plant kills it ? If its mouth shuts, could i somehow get its mouth open to release the lizzard without hurting the plant ??
-What if a bird comes nd nips at the plant ? Could it die if it like, gets sratched or something ?
-I keep seeing that a VFT should get an average of 4 hours of sunlight everyday. What i it gets less or more then 4 hours, what would happen ?
-How many traps can grow on one plant ?
-Whats the average cost for a VFT ?
~ Im sorry i have so many questions, im just so curious... You could e-mail me instead of replying on here if you'd like. /
But ANY help whatsoever would be greatly appreaciated... Thanks...Jamie. (:
#67 sara 2010-06-14 13:32
i live in minnesota and im assuming -20 degrees to cold lol. but could i put it in the garage or like my basement for dormancy? cause those are cool but not freezing. what should i do?
#66 Iain 2010-05-31 19:06
plus you'd just be an ass if you didn't care about the plant's health and forced it to skip dormancy.:sad:
#65 Danny 2010-04-21 14:00
it says u can leave your plant outside when its zone 8 or higher for dormancy to work outside on this website.i live in florida zone 10 so i can leave my plant outside for dormancy?it gets to 70 degreese in winter sometimes and rarely vere rare it gets to can i leave my typical vft outside or just use refrigirator method?ps:i want my plant to go through dormancy.
#64 FaithM 2010-04-19 13:00
im scared that im gonna kill my plant during dormancy or somethings going to go wrong

people have told me that you can prevent the flower stalk from growing. how do you go about doing that?;-)
#63 matthew 2010-04-12 14:28
Matt, my venus fly trap is growing small traps and it is about spring time, it also shut quite slowly when i put and insect into a trap is this normal for a fly trap in the UK.

hope you can help from matthew
#62 Junior 2010-03-10 17:52
to Matt
my Venus fly trap just came from your store and these guys are really small. ii thanked my sister( Darly )and i will take really good care of these small plants.
P.S My sister said this is great service because you put a note on the paper of shopping list. And your welcome from the note. :-)
#61 raymond hughes 2010-03-09 05:27
yeah so ima buy a venus fly trap i want to know if during it winter dormacy i should keep it un heated it says to do so but it says the right tempeture for dormacy is 33-55 degrees fehreinheit but i live in chicago and during winter it can get very cold should i leave it in a unheated room as suggested or keep in a room that has a heater some wher in the corner because it never gets hot in there just sometimes it gets a little less cold it has a seperate single heater
#60 Junior 2010-03-03 16:24
can other carnivorous plants be with others like mixed?
#59 Junior 2010-03-02 19:29
i bought a kit for growing Venus fly trap do you have to put it in the fridge when you plant it? because its its march already do you still have to put it in the fridge or like growing it in the soil and sow the seeds and put water and light like that( as a regular plant?):cry:
#58 madyson 2010-01-03 13:19
what should i do if my venus fly trap has mold on the soil when its still a seed
#57 Birdwoman 2009-12-15 17:04
Hello! i need to know what else fly traps can eat besides flys? nothing else seems big enough.:-) if you can help thanks!
#56 Ian 2009-12-05 20:43
I bought seeds for the venus fly trap in a teranium, would it be okay, to start planting these guys in the winter, if so would i need a light, i live in southern ontario so winters can get harsh, i just dont wana wait, but if its better to wait till spring i will
#55 radek 2009-11-03 21:48
I live in Singapore. Singapore is a tropical country and the daily temperature is always above 27 degrees. How should I get my Venus flytrap to enter its dormancy phase? If I put it in my fridge will it get a shock from the sudden temperature change?
#54 Stephanie 2009-10-13 14:21
Great info on dormancy! I also joined the forum a while back and that is just filled with information! Great sites! ;-)
#53 Lisa 2009-09-26 12:22
How can I re-pot a flytrap? When should I re-pot it?
#52 Yoko 2009-09-06 20:10
Thank you so much the great info about venus fly traps! I didn't really get Dormancy at first, but after a while, I understand. I live in Zone 9 so I'm fine with leaving my plant outside all year.


Keep up the good work ;-)
#51 Joe 2009-08-16 14:37
Hi i have bought the plant today. I live in Ireland. Summer temp is 16 to 25 degres 16 hours daylight and winter from -2 to about 8 degres 8 hours daylight. Always cloudy and raining so i have it in a pot indoors beside my window. Are these ideal conditions to let nature take its course or should i prepare for winter. Thanks
#50 Maiku 2009-06-04 03:31
I'm using Steam Distilled drinking water, is that no good?
#49 Matt 2009-06-03 05:37
Sounds like your flytrap isn't getting enough sun. When the leaves don't develop traps, that's usually the cause. It could also be that you're using poor water though.
#48 Maiku 2009-06-03 04:17
oops, meant to say "how can I get it to grow traps again"

sorry about that
#47 Maiku 2009-06-03 04:16
I live in Wisconsin and its June now, my VFT has been growing pretty well, it came out of its dormancy about 45 days ago, however there aren't any traps on it, its just growing leaves, what can I do to have it grow leaves again? I have it in 100% peat moss, it gets sunlight all day on some days when its warm enough outside, (usally the days around here have been 50-75 or at least lately) but most days it gets sunlight but it isn't in direct sunlight. I'm really looking for some help on this.

#46 Faramarz 2009-04-03 20:53
So if I leave it outside it WILL actually go into dormancy, have a nice resting period of a few months, and be just fine afterward...wit hout any weakening of the plant or anything?
#45 Matt 2009-04-02 12:40
No, you don't really need to give your plant a harsh dormancy. The average high to shoot for is around 60°F, but it can be a bit warmer than that. The most important thing is the decreased photoperiod, which it will get if you put it outside.

If you're curious about temps, you should check the average weather in Wilmington, NC, which is where they're native to. You'll see that the temps are very similar to the temps in Phoenix.
#44 Faramarz 2009-04-02 12:35
The Venus Flytraps can actually tolerate temps that warm? I thought that their dormancy temperatures had to at least be 60 degrees.:o
#43 Matt 2009-04-02 05:38
Sorry, I just read your first post. If you live in Phoenix, you can just leave your plant outside during the winter to experience dormancy.
#42 Matt 2009-04-02 05:37
There really isn't a set number of times or frequency that you should spray fungicide on your plant if you use the fridge dormancy technique. I'd be sure to look at it at least once every 2 weeks and you could spray then.
#41 Faramarz 2009-04-01 20:37
I read your tutorial on a refrigerated dormancy for a VFT. Just wondering, about how often should I spray fungicide on my plant throughout its dormancy?
#40 Faramarz 2009-04-01 20:26
Okay well I live in Phoenix and the winters here are relatively warm, considering other places in the U.S. Throughout winter the average highs are about 70 degrees and a little lower(65). The lows tend to be in the mid-forties or low fifties. In this period, could I allow my Venus Fly Trap(my first one) to go through its dormancy outside? Also, I grow them indoors at the moment, about 15 hours and 4 and a half inches under 100w replacement bulbs. To get them a little boosted into dormancy, could I acclimate them outside for the first couple of weeks of dormancy so that they can get used to some cool weather? Then after about two or three weeks could I put them in a bare-root, refrigerated dormancy?
#39 Matt 2009-03-30 16:30
No, you can skip dormancy for this year, but be sure to allow dormancy next year.
#38 haley 2009-03-30 14:29
okay, so wat is dormancy?? its the month of march, the 30th, and next month is April....should i worry about performing 'dormancy' for my plant?? i dont want to skip it. what should i do? thx!! ;-)
#37 Matt 2009-03-11 17:16
This comment section should be just comments. If you have questions, join the forum and ask them there. Here's a quick answer to your question:

I hope that you gave your plant plenty of sunlight when it was in dormancy. It's not normal for ALL of the leave to turn black. But yes, you can trim off any leave that are completely black. I hope that your plant comes back.
#36 Matt 2009-03-11 17:14
This comment section should be just comments. If you have questions, join the forum and ask them there. Here's a quick answer to your question:

There is never a need to feed your flytrap. Just give it plenty of sun and it will thrive.
#35 Niki 2009-03-11 13:46
So we are bringing our VFT out of dormancy and we wanted to know if we should remove the dead black leaves? Should we cut them back? And if so, when should we expect to see new growth? We left ours in a closet in a downstairs guest room with the door open. All of the leaves have turned black and look dead.
#34 crystal 2009-03-11 12:16
is it ok to feed my vft during the winter
because i was searching for info and i
got to the one website and it said it wasnt good yea
is it ok to feed them during winter??
p.s srry i forgot the website.
#33 Matt 2009-02-28 02:09

No, it's too late in the winter to worry about dormancy. Just let your plant enter dormancy next fall.
#32 Rosalie Smith 2009-02-27 22:30
I just bought my fly trap today. It's ina pretty small pot and it's a tiny plant. It's got about 20 catcher things and i don't know how old it is. Should i bother with hibernation
#31 teen 2009-02-09 16:25
awesome site,thanks Matt from yahoo answers!

#30 Matt 2009-02-09 14:49

At this point in the year, it doesn't matter much if you provide dormancy for your plant. You're probably better off skipping dormancy and giving it dormancy next year.

If you want more feedback, join the forum and ask the other members there. Hope to see you on the forum!
#29 teen 2009-02-09 14:18
;-) thanx for such awesome info...I just bought my plant about 5 days ago. Its small and adorable. My house is around 75 degrees. I live on the East coast. I have him placed on my mantle by the front window and also have the mantle light on when sun goes down. He sits in a cup with water.

Now Im assuming he's a baby, but have yet to research furthe and intend to asap. Do I remove my little guy from this spot and place him in the kitchen window where it would be around 50 degrees (yes insolation out there is awful for us humans)so it can go doormant?
#28 Jesse 2009-02-05 09:41
My fly trap has started to grow twin leaves. Bassicaly it has started two grow leaves that have two mouths on one stalk. some of them look like it has tried two grow two mouths on one stalk but they have just fused and stuck together giving the leave three walls to trap the fly but they dont close propely. Is this a good thing or bad thing
#27 Matt 2009-01-29 03:55

There isn't enough information from what you've told me to know if your plant is dead or alive.

You should join the forum and ask there and give more information.
#26 Nate 2009-01-29 01:39
Hello there! Over the winter I left my venus flytrap in my garage. But, I live in a zone 5 and it got up to -10 F. I was wondering if it was still alive or still dorment. Please help!
#25 Matt 2009-01-20 08:34
Yes, it eats live insects.
#24 daniel blackerby 2009-01-20 08:22
does it eat live animals
#23 Matt 2009-01-01 11:33
Lauren, you should join the forum and ask your questions there. It sounds like your plant is in dormancy, but you could upload photos to the site and I could tell you for sure. You're lucky to live in hardiness zone 8-9, and yes, you can leave your plant outside all year there.
#22 Lauren 2009-01-01 09:18
I live in California which is a hardiness zone of about 8-9, so i was wondering if i leave my plant outdoors, do i still have to monitor the amount of sunlight my plant gets per day? It is Jan.1st and my plant has almost went dormant, but it still has a few green sprouts. If i should still monitor the sunlight then i would have to move my plant inside once it has gotten the right amount of hours right?
#21 Lauren 2009-01-01 09:11
How do i know if my fly trap has gone completely dormant if it is mostly what you would call "dead" but there is still a few green/red sprouts? Is this normal? If not, what should i change if anything? Sunlight?
#20 Matt 2009-01-01 04:57
There are many places to purchase a Venus Fly Trap. This specific question is answered in the FAQ section. See there.
#19 anthony a. dacquel 2008-12-31 19:32
were can i buy???
#18 Alex 2008-12-16 13:50
ok thanks it's been bugging me to know or not. For now i have it in the fridge.:-)
#17 Matt 2008-12-15 15:39
It may not die. There really isn't enough information from what you've told me to know if it will die or not.
#16 Alex 2008-12-15 13:38
I just started dormancy and I left my plant out in 57 degree weather and that same night it dropped to 20. I kept it enclosed inside a medium sized plastic container to shield from the wind. Will my plant die?
#15 Venusfly traps 2008-12-06 16:14
how long should they say dorment?
#14 Matt 2008-12-05 21:17
Yes, your venus fly traps should be dormant by now. If they aren't, you should make them be as soon as you can.
#13 Venusfly traps 2008-12-05 16:24
since its winter should I let my indoor venusfly traps go into a dorment stage?
#12 Matt 2008-11-24 10:14
Ah, ok Mark. I got it. 71F is good for growing conditions and 48F is good for dormancy. Sounds like you have it all figured out!
#11 Mark 2008-11-24 09:59
71 F is a little warm to provide dormancy

Oh, No that's the conditions without dormancy. I just started to provide dormancy near a window early this morning, The temperature within the sill is about 48F, Me being in New York, it's getting pretty cold out. Thanks Matt, I'll join the forum in a sec.
#10 Matt 2008-11-24 04:09
71 F is a little warm to provide dormancy, but it might work. It would be better if you could keep the temperature closer to the 50F-55F range.

When the weather starts to warm up, you should definitely move your plant outside.

Feel free to join the forum and ask more questions there. Follow the link on the top of the page or under the "Forums" link in the Main Menu on the left.
#9 Mark 2008-11-23 16:58
The local Stop & Shop's floral department has a small selection of Venus' and I got one today because, well, Carnivorous plants are awesome. Though, they did actually eat 2 gnats today, I figured they will probably need to go dormant soon.
Heres my condition as to how I'm keeping the plant:
It's in my basement, Humidity level is a constant 67%, Temperature is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, and the plant is exposed to relative amounts of light for a good 6 hours a day, Though it isnt sunlight. The lights are the flourescent celing lights, but I'm guessing that wont do. There is a small window here, And I'll probably put the plant up to the window for some time during the day.
Now about the dormancy, I plan on using the cold window method, Of which I hadn't thought of for some reason, and hopefully they will become fully active next spring. I can't wait.. Any other conditions I can change for the benefit of the plant?
#8 Matt 2008-11-11 10:44
It doesn't really matter much whether you get a plant now or in the spring. I usually wait until the spring time because they really aren't much to look at in the winter.
#7 Ediz 2008-11-11 10:36
Hi matt,

Thanks for all your help,

I was wondering because I am eager should i buy a venus flytrap now or should i leave it until it finishes the dormancy stage?

Many Thanks,

#6 Matt 2008-10-20 09:01
Mosquitoes are a little small, but anything that can trip the trap and get stuck inside is fair game.
#5 Evan 2008-10-18 06:11
anyone know?
#4 Matt 2008-10-17 05:29

If your apartment is unheated and the temps stay around 60F or less, it shouldn't matter how much light you give your plant. The humidity of the bathroom shouldn't matter either. If you see that your plant continues to grow however, you should put it somewhere that it is cooler.

Feel free to join the forum and ask your questions there:

#3 Sarah 2008-10-16 21:45
My flytrap is on a windowsill that is quite cold.
Should I restrict the amount light my plant receives over winter?

Also the flytrap is on the bathroom window so the room can get very steamy and humid (my apartment has no heating) is this ok for the plant in dormancy or should I move it?

PS thanks for your help on Yahoo Answers and directing me here.
#2 Matt 2008-10-07 08:29
You can prevent dormancy by keeping the temperatures that your plant is exposed to warm and, most importantly, by keeping the number of hours of sunlight the plant gets per day somewhere above 12 hours.

HOWEVER, if you do skip dormancy for your plant, your plant will not survive long term. If Venus Fly Traps aren't provided a yearly dormancy, they will most likely die in 18 to 24 months.
#1 dominica luna 2008-10-07 08:26
How can you prevent dormancy?

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