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By Barlapipas 6
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#420992
I think my vft is entering dormancy because it produces smaller petioles and traps with a slower rate. Also they are more red. But the petioles are getting smaller and not wider. In summer for 2 months the temperature was 35 - 38°C and in the beginning of September it went down to 20 - 24°C for like a week. Now it has risen up to 28°C again. Did this temperature drop stimulated my vft to enter dormancy?
By Barlapipas 6
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#420993
Isn’t September too early for them to start entering dormancy? Can you see that the new growth is getting smaller and redder in the photo?
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By Intheswamp
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#421006
Panman wrote: Fri Sep 30, 2022 11:09 am Where are you located?
He's in Greece, IIRC. And I'm thinking in a tropical zone there.
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By Panman
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#421008
If that's the case, it looks like it is roughy the same latitude as the mid US, such as Virginia, Maryland, etc. That is important as the days will be shorter there than say Florida. I could see flytraps starting to trigger with the reduced hours of sunlight but perhaps someone in one of those locations could tell us what they are seeing.
By Barlapipas 6
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#421019
Greece has mediterranean climate. I checked my zone and it is 9a - 9b. It is a warm temperate climate. It rarely snows where I am but there are some places in Greece that snow a lot more. In the peak of winter the temperature can drop down to -2°C on average and it only lasts for a few days like this. Most of the time it gets down to 0°C. But there are some rare cases that it will drop to -5°C. On the other hand, in the peak of summer it will get up to 38°C for a week or two. This summer was the hottest one yet because it was 38°C for maybe 2 months. the summer nights are also warm. they can get up to 27°C I think.
By Barlapipas 6
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#421020
I forgot to tell that the winter temperatures that I said was for the night. In the winter days the temperatures range from 10 - 15°C.
By Barlapipas 6
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#421021
And I forgot to tell that when the temperature dropped at the start of september the night temperatures were much lower than a few days before. It was like 20°C at night and then it went to 10°C.
By VFTnPups
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#421341
I’m in Maryland 6b and some of my plants have started getting ready for dormancy. Your picture doesn’t look like the beginnings of dormancy. The smaller traps your plant is making are the result of new divisions. It looks like you have several divisions in the pot.
By Barlapipas 6
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#421373
I know that it grew divisions. I didn’t mean those tiny traps. I meant the traps of the main plant. If you can see they are getting smaller. The periods and the traps.
By Gary
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#422070
I'm in central AZ. All of my VFTs (various ages/sizes) are going dormant due to shorter days and the cooler temps. New growth has pretty much stopped, even partially developed traps have stopped growing. The existing open traps have turned bright red, no blackening yet. They all look very healthy, so I'm sure they're doing everything right. I adjusted the watering frequency and they're living outside full-time now.
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