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By MaxVft
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Oh, and also, that is NOT a month-old VFT. That is probably 3 years old.

Here's what month-old seedgrowns look like:
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By horsesmouth
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Will try…
Meanwhile I found a perfectly good worm which I cut up and fed a leaf.. it closed nicely and seemed to be sealed and I massaged the trap gently but looks like it is reopening for some reason.. i know leaves can sometimes be sluggish but this one closed pretty quickly and then reopened . In the picture you’ll see a little worm curled up in the trap on the lower right . The trap reopened a little bit for some reason.. why?
And will this still be digested?
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By horsesmouth
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@Maxvft
3 years old!
Wow, so I should probably just set it out for the winter and let it go dormant right? No point in seeing it struggle so much trying to catch prey.
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By MaxVft
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@horsesmouth yes, the usual age they flower is 4-5 years.

As you mentioned and got correct, this one is more than big enough to go dormant outside. You may have to keep it indoors under lights, though, if it is below 50 degrees where you currently live.
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By Apollyon
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horsesmouth wrote:@Maxvft
3 years old!
Wow, so I should probably just set it out for the winter and let it go dormant right? No point in seeing it struggle so much trying to catch prey.
Yeah, that plant is large enough to where it'll benefit from a dormancy. They do well outside overall. 50 degrees is ok, they just don't do well under freezing conditions. That's more of a natural range for them. As for massaging the trap, I do it about 20-30 times but when I'm walking by and it's still closed, sometimes I'll tap it a couple more times. Personally, I've never really run into trouble when doing that. From what I can see in the pic though, it seems like it closed alright. It'll create a vaccuum of sorts and surround the material. Squeeze it a couple more times to play it safe.
By horsesmouth
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Thanks!
I have set it out for now, it's 4 deg C (39.2 F) now, hope it's okay.
Also, since it's 3 years old, I think the current pot might be too small for it.. you can see my OP for reference.. how deep of a pot should I put it in? Or will a terrarium be better?
By davinstewart
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Ideally 12" and minimum 4" soil depth imho.
horsesmouth wrote:Thanks!
I have set it out for now, it's 4 deg C (39.2 F) now, hope it's okay.
Also, since it's 3 years old, I think the current pot might be too small for it.. you can see my OP for reference.. how deep of a pot should I put it in? Or will a terrarium be better?
By davinstewart
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Btw, terrariums are not generally recommended for venus flytraps and certainly not needed. I'm growing out hundreds of baby flytraps right now at ~30% humidity with ~30-35 dli and they're loving it.

If I were you, I'd buy this pot and fill it with 1 part sphagnum moss : 1 part perlite, and just water it often enough to keep it from drying out.

If you want to induce dormancy then reduce the daylength to < 14 hours and stop feeding it. If you want to try to skip dormancy then keep the daylength above 14 hours and make sure at least one trap is digesting prey at all times. Should do fine either way.
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