- Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:34 am
Hey everyone I'm glad I ran into this post as I live in Glendale Arizona which is basically Phoenix, and I am dealing with the exact same thing as albertoburrito. Todays temperature got to 115F and the next couple of days are going to get up to 117F. I have been growing flytraps here for a little over 3 years and it truly has been a challenge growing them in the heat. Just the other day I was also debating whether or not I should bring my flytraps inside for the day and then bring them back out when it starts to cool off. The problem I was having with this(which I don't know how true this is) is that I was worried that my plants would start going into shock from bringing them back and fourth from outside to inside and repeating this for a whole week until the temperatures start to cool down. The thing is that at 9am the temperatures will already be 95+ degrees outside so I was going to bring them inside which is consistently at 77F. The plants would be inside until about 5pm, and then bring them back outside when the temperatures finally start to drop but even then they can still be well over 100F. I decided to keep my plants outside but am being EXTREMELY careful and watching them like a hawk. I am keeping all plants under fruit trees while also using a shade cloth and I still see light poking through and touching plants, so I know my plants are getting dappled sunlight throughout the day. One thing that I started to do this year which I think has truly saved me so far is switching to white styro foam cups. These cups work so well in the heat and they really keep the plants cool. For watering I am actually able to get away with watering every other day, however if these 115+ temperatures continue that might change to everyday. I know I might sound crazy with the watering lol but sphagnum moss truly does hold water well, and here is another thing that I learned from last summer about watering. Last summer we would have similar temperatures(maybe not this early in the summer) but we did have a day where we got up to 118F I believe in July, and I was keeping water in the pots all day and night and I learned that I was actually overwatering which I thought was incredible in this kind of heat! The moss was actually starting to get slimy/green looking. But anyways, I am definitely no expert and am still learning all the time and I know keeping the plants outside is probably not the best option and I know they are very stressed from the heat, but I must say that they still look pretty decent/good , although I have noticed some lashes/flytraps that get burnt, but the main point is that flytraps CAN survive in the heat because I have done it now for a couple of summers but let me tell you it really is a challenge. Also, if you happen to read this ChefDean I just wanted to say that I really like all the advice that you have given throughout this forum. I have read through the forums for awhile now when I am trying to find information about something and you have had some really good advice on things!