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Nepenthes victreebel
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Hello, I have had a Venus fly trap for about 7 months and have been keeping it inside on a sunny windowsill. I would like to move it outside but was wondering if it would need acclimation, if so, how would I do it. Outside it gets to around 4-5c and in the house is around 15c at night, I will attach pictures of the dionea in question if it will help. Thanks for your advice in advance.

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13 hours ago, Nepenthes victreebel said:

Hello, I have had a Venus fly trap for about 7 months and have been keeping it inside on a sunny windowsill. I would like to move it outside but was wondering if it would need acclimation, if so, how would I do it. Outside it gets to around 4-5c and in the house is around 15c at night, I will attach pictures of the dionea in question if it will help. Thanks for your advice in advance.

DM need a cold dormancy over the winter so you've left this a bit late. I keep mine in a cold greenhouse which will freeze on cold nights but that doesn't do any harm to the plants. I would say your plant is being kept too warm and should go outside or in a porch, say. You should protect it from strong winds/debris etc. and just keep the compost damp. It shouldn't be growing a flower at this time of year, so I'd cut that off. You can bring it back inside as the weather warms up.

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for the advice, I noticed you mentioned the flower spike, I thought the same thing about cutting it of, however I would like to take flower stalk cuttings for propagation. I just wanted to wait a bit longer before cutting it so I could get more cuttings. Is there any specific thing I need to do to acclimate it tho colder temps. Also it appears to be creating very wide petiole any ideas on why?

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1 hour ago, Nepenthes victreebel said:

Thank you for the advice, I noticed you mentioned the flower spike, I thought the same thing about cutting it of, however I would like to take flower stalk cuttings for propagation. I just wanted to wait a bit longer before cutting it so I could get more cuttings. Is there any specific thing I need to do to acclimate it tho colder temps. Also it appears to be creating very wide petiole any ideas on why?

I'm quite brutal with mine and just shove them out in the cold, but I suppose you could do it gradually. As for the wide petiole, they do tend to get wider in winter but it may be down to insufficient light. We need a dionaea expert.

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You'd be very lucky to get propagation from a flower stalk cutting.  Give it a go, though.  It might work.

Best bet is to let it grow on this year then, by 2023, it should have produced new plants which you can separate out.  You'll have more VFTs than you know what to do with in a couple of years!

Guy

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