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I have started with a venus flytrap that i have purchased back in February from a nearby bunnings in kingsgrove, and i thought it was natural to start with the smaller, cheaper, venus flytraps there before advancing to the other larger species like B-52 and DC-XL
My venus flytrap was doing pretty well before. It had went through dormancy back from early june till the end of august, the winter months in Australia. However, it still hasn’t exited its dormancy and I say this because the traps on the leaves aren’t as large as they can be like in summer, and the actual leaves are quite large while they should be skinny and sprouting more vertically. I saw my cousins flytraps also from bunnings and the traps are much larger, with skinnier and vertical summer leaves. Right now, its springtime here, and will be summer by the start of December.
Back in august or September, I took the venus flytraps out into the sunlight. However, I think introducing them to the sunlight was too sudden for the dormant plant, and therefore caused a massive sunburn. I have however, managed to resurrect my venus flytrap, having previously only one trap, now it has 4 traps with three newborns sprouting. I also saw that my most recently formed trap is developing a slight reddish interior, is that a sign of exiting dormancy?
The problem is, I don’t know how to get it out of dormancy and eversince it had that massive sunburn, killing most of the plant, ive become extremely paranoid and only give it four hours of weak sunlight. My cousin however says four hours is nowhere near enough and its true. Ive read on websites that venus flytraps like approx eight hours of direct sunlight minimum. But I took my venus flytraps out today in the morning sunlight from 9am to 10am, to eventually notice that within just one hour, the oldest trap back in early spring has already got the slightest black sunburn.
As for watering the flytraps, I water them in this spring season every week, using demineralised water in the plate the pots sit in. I also water the top of the peat and moss soil mix. Should I do this more often than on a weekly basis for the summer seasons? How many hours of sunlight should I give for the summer vs the winter?
I don’t know how to combat this issue to get my venus flytrap out of dormancy, and everytime I take it out in the sun it gets sunburnt within a short time (seems to be a really weak plant). I would hate for my venus flytrap to die again from sunburn, as I lost two of the three plants from its vegetative propagation due to this and am on my last one. If you guys could give me any of your advice or opinions to deal with this, I would really appreciate it. Do let me know what you think. Thanks!
The two photos attached are taken of my venus flytrap in its current state. You can see a slight sunburn on the right side of the largest leaf. The traps are still irresponsive btw
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