Apollyon wrote: ↑Tue Apr 05, 2022 12:26 pm
VFTs need more light than most lights provide. I mean you can get them to grow with lights and if you can trick them to dormancy or give them enough nutrients to propagate itself you can keep it up. I use 6400k grow lights mixed with 3k to grow most everything outside of VFTs and Sarracenia. I've grown both short term with one. Typically use fluorescent tubes for coverage though. You'll have to play with it so see how close it needs to be to the plants. if you can put vfts and sarracenia outside, do it. Here's a picture of a VFT that was grown indoors with new leaves on it from outside, it becomes apparent when you see them side by side. the orange(ish) one was indoors. leaves will tend to be longer, thinner and more translucent. When they're outside, outside of light intensity, other factors force the plant to put more energy into leaf/trap development, making the plant sturdier and more robust. You can see it with most plants when you harden them. It can live with lights and sometimes even grow well if you know what you're doing, it'll just look slightly different than "normal."
so i read everything (disclaimer: i had to read it 10 times to understand it) and basically i have 2 options:
1: put my venus flytrap outside
2: get stronger lights for my vft. or use 2 lightbulbs.
and between those 2 options, i might encounter problems with both of them.
1: if it rains heavily (sometimes the weather just decides to rain alot) i fear that it might affect my vft health greatly (which might be impossible ig) or some idoit
would either take it home or knock it over. (the only place with bright exposed sunlight is literally downstairs outside my HDB
as for option 2,
i can only use 1 bulb because i only have a single lamp to use for a light bulb (i could get another lamp but im broke af) i dont want to waste electricity.(i could use a bulb which saves electricity tho)
so basically its gonna be quite challenging but you know its fine