Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:31 am
I've had venus flytraps before, but they all either died or they went dormant and I thought they had died.
But I decided to give it another go after spotting a healthy looking trap at my garden store. As you can see (hopefully) by the picture all the leaves are green on the outside and red on the inside. Very appropriate for the season.
Currently my Fly trap is on a table in my living room next to a vase of flowers. There is almost no light, except the glare from the light in my kitchen. It's still in its plastic box.
Normally I would wait three days to open it because of Covid, but I'm concerned that it will die if I leave it in the plastic enclosure or "death box" as I've seen some people call it especially without steady light and water.
But I'm not sure what I should do with it after removing the plastic. It isn't acclimated to the sun yet, so I don't want to leave it outside. But I have three curious cats that will nibble on it or knock it over if it's outside of its plastic enclosure.
I don't have a pot to transfer it into or distilled water on hand. The spot it's in right now exposes it to inconsistent artificial light but no direct sunlight. The temperature is too warm for it to enter dormancy. The humidity fluctuates day to day.
I feel like a terrible plant owner woefully unprepared to care for my new plant. I really want to keep it alive and healthy, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have tomorrow to do anything with it. So I guess I have a couple main questions: what do I do with it now and how long can it survive in its plastic enclosure without water? Also, how do I encourage dormancy in an environment where winters are not reliably cold? Greatly appreciate any tips and advice.