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By EllenS
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Hello. My first VFT doubled while in dormancy. I packed it up in sphagnum, peat and perlite and it survived well from December to Mid March when I unpacked it. I repotted it as two plants and after some adjustment where some stalks blackened and died it's green and vivid and the traps are open. But they don't stand upright, they're drooping over and I can't figure out why or what to do. I've attached snapshots.
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Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Ellen in Maine
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By Panman
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What kind of conditions do you have them growing in? They look like they need more light. Also the moss seems kind of dry but if it is only a top dressing, that isn't a problem.
By EllenS
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They are on the same windowsill as they were before they were packed up, a sunny southwest facing kitchen window where they happily chowed fruitflies all summer and fall. It's still a little raw to put them outside, I think, we have a fairly late spring here in Maine. (It snowed yesterday). Maybe I should get them a gro-light.

Thank you ever so much for your reply, Panman.
Ellen
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By ChefDean
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EllenS wrote:They are on the same windowsill as they were before they were packed up, a sunny southwest facing kitchen window where they happily chowed fruitflies all summer and fall. It's still a little raw to put them outside, I think, we have a fairly late spring here in Maine. (It snowed yesterday).
A grow light would help, but these plants do much better outside. Glass filters sunlight, so a sunny windowsill is actually less beneficial than a cloudy day.
As long as the temps stay above freezing, leave it outside.
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