We've been hitting the upper 90's...'twas 99F yesterday and we have a couple of more days of high temperatures before any cooling. Thankfully it looks like we will *not* be hitting the 104F mark as was once forecast!
Maybe I'm the oddball, but hot weather usually lowers my appetite...
The sterilization of the blood worms during the preservation process does seem like it will help prevent quick food deterioration.
The plants are doing better than earlier and the feeding is to make their growth accelerate, but I don't want to start pushing the plants while they may be experiencing heat stress. I've found that, for me, a five degree difference between something like 72F and 77F isn't too extreme but the different between 92F and 97F is definitely noticeable. I think I'm just going to hold off feeding at least until we drop back down below 95F. We're dropping down into the low-90F's this coming week so things will be a bit more moderate(?) then.
Thanks for the thoughts, they help!
jetfire245 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:06 am
Hot weather isn't a fly traps enemy but it's friend(mostly). I live in Florida and frequently feed my flytraps when the weather is hitting 93°F outside.
Theres nothing to make the blood worms rot any faster than the prey the traps catch. In fact, as Dean was saying, the freeze drying process makes the blood worms almost sterile.
These are plants. Not babies. They'll catch prey with or without you when they're outside. No need to worry about rotting food. It's easier than you think to just remove it if/when it does.
Just because you get hot. Doesn't mean you don't get hungry.
P. S. Your least concern should be if the plant will digest it in time. Flytraps secrete digestive enzymes within hours of catching prey. The seal also ensures a safe environment to consume the food.