Dormancy is here
Well, dormancy has for sure set in now. There are a lot of traps dying back on my plants and they look pretty sad. Below are some photos of them. Notice all of the black traps. Pretty sad looking, huh? Just a month ago they were so beautiful, now they look like they're dying. Such is the life of a Venus Fly Trap! Well, since I didn't want to look at all of the black death, I decided to do some trimming. Here are some before and after shots: Actually in this first photo above, I had already trimmed up the 4 plants on the left side of the container starting with the lower left plant. The above photo was taken a couple of weeks after the trimming. I haven't done any trimming since that first trimming session. As you can see, there isn't much more foliage turning black since they were trimmed 2 weeks ago. I think it's interesting to note that within a span of 4 weeks or so starting at the beginning of October to the beginning of November, nearly all of the dying back and blackening of the plants occurred. Since the first of November, not much more dying back has happened. It seems like the onset of dormancy hits the plants hard for a month or so, then they go into a phase where they don't change much. The blackening actually started sometime in September, but accelerated rapidly during the month of October. Now I'll be counting down the days until spring arrives. Last year, my plants started showing new growth in February. I hope that it starts that early again this coming spring. Especially since my new hobby of tissue culture requires new growth to harvest in order to have success!