Research has shown that plant species take cues from the environment, and can go through dormancy whenever, no matter what their clocks say. It has been demonstrated that one can alternate a plant in and out of dormancy in a short period of time.
I will put the VFT's in a dormancy chamber, with bright lights. I will cool it off for one month, and lower the photoperiod. The next month, I will increase the photoperiod very high, like summer. The third month, I will simulate dormancy, and the fourth month, I will repeat the 'summer conditions.'
This will provoke the same cytological response as a plant that has gone through dormancy, and if dormancy stimulates divisions, we should see that rather well. My indoor plants will be kept indoors, in no special arrangements.
I will carefully inspect the flytraps once a month (at the end of each cycle). This should create a decent amount of observations, because we have 12.
They are all from the same mother plant; genetics is not an issue.
Pots will both be kept in a tray of water 1 inch high. No fertilizer will be given. Perlite may cause different effects, and this experiment concerns whether dormancy is necessary, without any other materials. Thus, the mix will be 4 peat: 1 perlite, I recognize that soil drainage is needed.
Open for questions ATM, but if this thread becomes toxic I will ask mods to intervene. A little poll, just wondering what the consensus is, I want to see how people think prior to starting my research.