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By DeviLe15
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Hello all,

Attached is a photo of my flytrap. I placed in the sun for a few days at 5+ direct sunlight a day. Noticed some of the leaves were dying and cut them off. In the photo you can see some of the traps turning black on the outer edge. Should I keep it inside, or limit its outside sun exposure/length?

Also, clearly this needs to be repotted into better soil. Should I repot when it’s going dormant?

Thanks
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By Joshuamarshall792
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Can you provide a better picture it is quite blurry

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By Joshuamarshall792
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Oh and what soil are you using and what type of water?


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By DeviLe15
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Joshuamarshall792 wrote: Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:50 pm Can you provide a better picture it is quite blurry

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Apologies, tried a small size image to reduce bandwidth consumption. I’ve taken another pic.

I use only distilled water. As for the soil I’m not sure. It’s the original soil it came in over a year ago. Seems like it is some sort of moss, maybe a mixture.
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By Joshuamarshall792
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Yep definitely sunburn!!

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By DeviLe15
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Joshuamarshall792 wrote: Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:06 pm Yep definitely sunburn!!

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Alright, I'll try reducing it to only 4 hours of direct sunlight outside and the rest inside.

Do you have suggestions on when to repot? Haven't repotted a VFT before but I saw a video and it seemed easy enough. Will after the summer be a good time?
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By Joshuamarshall792
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You should repot only when it is over crowding or when the roots are coming out of the pot

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And yes you want to put the plant outside in the spring so it can get slowly used to the temperature outdoors and slowly get used to the sun, it is also fun to watch

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No need to cut off sunburned leaves. Just let them be so the plant can reabsorb as many nutrients and energy from the leaf as possible as it sheds it naturally.

Also, I would definitely recommend waiting until late spring to repot. Repotting during dormancy is probably the worst time to repot a flytrap. The best time to repot is just as they break dormancy in late February or early March.
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By DeviLe15
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Joshuamarshall792 wrote: Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:54 pm And yes you want to put the plant outside in the spring so it can get slowly used to the temperature outdoors and slowly get used to the sun, it is also fun to watch

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Brilliant. Spring in BC is still cold and rainy but I'll keep that in mind. Thank you!
Matt wrote: Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:21 am No need to cut off sunburned leaves. Just let them be so the plant can reabsorb as many nutrients and energy from the leaf as possible as it sheds it naturally.

Also, I would definitely recommend waiting until late spring to repot. Repotting during dormancy is probably the worst time to repot a flytrap. The best time to repot is just as they break dormancy in late February or early March.
I'll keep sun burnt leaves attached then. I was under the impression dying leaves should be cut to save the plant's resources so it can focus growth and energy on other leaves.

I'll have to wait for next year to repot then :( I want to repot because 1) it hasn't been repotted since I first got it 1+ years ago, and 2) the top of the soil/moss is cracked, dried, and has moldy bits.
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DeviLe15 wrote:I'll have to wait for next year to repot then I want to repot because 1) it hasn't been repotted since I first got it 1+ years ago, and 2) the top of the soil/moss is cracked, dried, and has moldy bits.
Oh, you can repot now. It is fine to repot pretty much any time of year. However, I would recommend not doing it after September and before December as it seems to impact the plants much more. Again, the best time to repot is in early spring, but any time of the year is OK to repot especially if the soil is in desperate need of being refreshed.
By DeviLe15
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Hello!

Thought I would post a picture of the plant after the end of summer of it staying inside all day next to a sunlight-rich window.

Not much redness in the traps but more leaves than any of my 4-5 plants have ever had and all leaves look healthy!

Didn’t repot it because I felt lazy but I’m sure it’s fine.

Thanks for all the help and support. If anyone has any tips on how to maintain a healthy plant and any maintenance I should be doing, please let me know!


Devin
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