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Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:45 pm
by Kirbjack1
Hello everybody I am currently trying to grow a vft in Tampa Florida. I wanted to share my experience with this project of mine and hopefully get some advice from all the nice people in the forum.
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Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:55 pm
by Fly Trap Hunter
nice cage for the fly trap. thats a great idea. You could use a tray of water underneath when it gets above 90F. Looks like the cage may keep some bugs out. you dont want fly traps to eat hard shell bugs anyway.
it will need shade when its full Summer. I let mine after morning sunlight, until about 2pm and then shaded. Im in Southeastern NC

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:34 pm
by Kirbjack1
Thank you! It hasn't been over 70F for a few days so the substrate hasn't dried out yet. I originally built the cage to keep out squirrels and any curious hands lol. The only thing I'm sorta struggling with is getting enough light. I live in an upstairs apartment so I dont have much space for growing plants outside. The vft only gets around 4 hours of sunlight in the cage, so I've been putting it outside my window to give it a few more hours.
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Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:45 pm
by Fly Trap Hunter
4 hours of direct sunlight is enough. you could try a hanging pot for out the window.

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:18 pm
by sanguinearocks101
That's a nice looking flytrap! I wish venus flytraps could eat those pesky Japenese Beetles, I absolutely hate them. Just leave it to Nepenthes to eat the big ones ;)

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:03 pm
by Kirbjack1
So true :lol:

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:15 pm
by Matt
Welcome to the FlytrapCare forums!! That looks like a good growing setup and a great climate you live in for growing flytraps. I expect that Big Mouth to be quite large in another couple of months!

Please post an update from time to time so we can watch it grow :D

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:20 pm
by Kirbjack1
You bet!!

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:59 pm
by Benny
70 degrees in February! Goodness gracious that is crazy, it's summer already :o !

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:57 pm
by oval
Benny wrote: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:59 pm 70 degrees in February! Goodness gracious that is crazy, it's summer already :o !
That's nothing, a few weeks ago here in Florida it was in the mid-80s with mid-60s at night. It's supposed to get into the 30s tomorrow night, though.

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:45 pm
by Benny
Just makes me crack up at the thought of being able to swim in the middle of winter (and enjoy it)

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:06 am
by omnipercp15
Benny wrote: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:59 pm 70 degrees in February! Goodness gracious that is crazy, it's summer already :o !
Those are cold temps for Florida... Brrrrr!! so cold!

OP, your cage looks great. When I saw that lock, I was thinking you made it to keep out other people, not just animals, and then later you said it yourself, you're also keeping out people. Hehe!

Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:11 am
by Kirbjack1
Yup cant be too careful with college kids around lol. But here's an update on the plant, it started throwing up a flower stalk! I couldnt believe it, so I looked at it from all angles and yup it was a flower stalk. I cut it to allow the plant to focus all it's energy on growing traps.
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Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:37 pm
by Kirbjack1
It's starting to show some great growth!
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Re: Growing vft in tampa FL

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:39 pm
by sanguinearocks101
Nice! Looks like it has lots of new growth!