FlytrapCare Carnivorous Plant Forums

Sponsored by

Ask questions about how to grow and care for Venus Flytraps

Moderator: Matt

By malebiljke
Posts:  1
Joined:  Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:51 pm
Hi guys, I have a question regarding dormancy. I just bought a small Flytrap plant, and I have read that I should put it in dormancy. Here I see that I don't really have to do it, if it's still a small plant?
Anyways, before realizing that it is not mandatory, this was my idea, so please tell me what you think about it and could it work (and not kill the plant!).
It is around 20 degrees in our apartment, and it is less than zero outside. We don't have a single colder place in the apartment, but we do have old windows, that is - there is around 10cm between two window glasses.
My idea was to put the plant in there, and wrap it up a bit so it doesn't get much light. The temperature in between the windows is around 10 degrees.
Here are some pictures, please tell me what do you think, if this could work and is it safe!
Thank you!
viber_image_2020-01-20_14-03-22.jpg (222.68 KiB) Viewed 522 times
viber_image_2020-01-20_14-03-256.jpg (236.95 KiB) Viewed 522 times
By tommyr
Posts:  1481
Joined:  Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am
First of all remove the covering on it. Secondly, it is getting too late for dormancy now so forget about that for this year. This fall/winter it will need to start getting yearly dormancy. Acclimate it to as much Sun as you can give it until it's warm enough to place it OUTSIDE for the growing season. These are not houseplants.
tommyr liked this
User avatar
By Matt
Posts:  20984
Joined:  Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:28 pm
I agree with tommyr. Remove the covering, give the plant full outdoor sunlight and let it adjust to the natural growing seasons. Even in winter, flytraps need full sun.

It will be just fine this year and will likely "sleep" a little bit right now as the days are still fairly short. As long as it is given good care, it will settle in just fine. Be sure to give it the following:
- Full sunlight outdoors
- Low-mineral water (distilled, rain or reverse osmosis

If it is still freezing and frosting where you live, it can be kept in the sunniest windowsill until freeze or frost passes, but be sure to get it outside as soon as feasibly possible.

Good luck!
By Benny
Posts:  437
Joined:  Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Thank you guys for your advice! :D
User avatar
By ManFromAnAntiqueLand
Posts:  10
Joined:  Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:27 am
I keep my fly traps in the garage, where it's averaging around 45F each evening. They receive no light. I live in Denver. The days are getting longer slowly, but evenings are still anywhere from 20-30F, almost always below freezing, and sometimes dipping into the teens.

I thought about putting them back in the sun soon, maybe in a few weeks, but taking them inside (it's 60 in the house at night) at night. Or should I wait a couple more months until it stops freezing at night?

By tommyr
Posts:  1481
Joined:  Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am
sanguinearocks101 wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:49 am I know about a guy that puts his venus flytraps in the fridge for their dormancy and doesn't give them any light at all. But I would recommend using a light on a timer to give them light.
I've been doing that for over 12 years now with NO problems at all. A few weeks ago I started waking mine up and re-potting some as a matter of fact.
User avatar
By Artchic528
Posts:  556
Joined:  Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:13 pm
I take the lazy growers approach and just leave my plants outside. Seeing as I'm practically in the native areas Flytraps already grow, it works perfectly, and as an added bonus, they don't need any special reintroduction to sunlight. Best of any world if you ask me.

Here in Charlotte, NC the winters are cold, but not cold enough to freeze the ground solid. If I were living farther north, I'd definitely had made a dormancy area in my garage.
  • 1
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
Seed Bank T-Form Observation

Hello Sundew growers! So back in March 2018 I ha[…]

Basal shoot Helpp

So I separated the basal shoots about a month ago […]

New Lowii x burb help

Okay good to know I’ll remove all the curren[…]

Turns out I'm more of a novice than I realized....[…]

Hello From Central Illinois

Yes theyre so pretty. Mine took a huge nose dive w[…]

Baby Flytraps!

Some newer traps are opening up now. It seems to h[…]

SASE received. Order is fulfilled. Return envelope[…]

SASE received. Order is fulfilled. Return envelope[…]

Support the community - Shop at!