Bob wrote:I thought that a vft needs light in dormancy, am I mistaken?
That is true if the temperatures are warm enough. They'll try to grow and exhaust themselves pretty quickly if they don't have any light. But if the temperatures are constantly around 40F or cooler (but above freezing), flytraps can do fine without much or any light during dormancy.
Bob wrote:Also when in the year should I stop using the tray method to water the trap, I am worried about root rot.
We recommend never leaving water in trays for more than a half-day unless it is a super hot climate. Excactly when you cut back on watering isn't on a schedule but a factor of how you are growing your plant (indoors, outdoors, kind of soil, etc.) how warm and dry the weather is, etc. Basically it is the same general guidelines all year:
Keep the plant's soil moist at all times, never dry, but not wet for too long. Outside of that no one is going to be able to give you exact advice unless you post here daily with photos and a description of the moisture level of the soil.
Bob wrote:Also, my flytrap isn’t growing new traps as fast, it’s growth has basically stopped. Does this mean it’s in dormancy?
It's a little early for full-on dormancy, but yes, flytraps are heading that direction in most areas of North America. They'll start shedding their summer traps soon and slow down in grow dramatically. Exactly how much depends on your latitude and growing environment.
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