Questions and concerns about my new VFT.

Hello Guys,

I am new to this website and enjoy meeting new people with an interest and knowledge of these special plants. I have introduced myself in the intro forums section already.

I am new to the carnivorous plant world and have just purchased a green dragon from an online supplier.

So, question is, can my VFT be kept outside during heavy rainfall and storms with heavy wind? Especially since the temperature dropped as well slightly. I want to know if it should be kept outside or be brought in during these events.

A second side question, I realized that my patio where the VFT is may not be getting enough sun. I have just this one patio outdoors. I get lots of indirect sun and possibly mornings where there is some direct sun. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Should I keep it indoors (I heard that is not a good idea). I have a light for my snake Terrarium, Can I use this for part of the day?

I really want to keep this guy alive and am trying my best with my surroundings here in Ottawa, Canada. Weather is tricky here these days.

Thanks a lot guys,

Victor

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Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
It can stay outside. It would do better with more light but I'm sure there are VFTs in the wild that grow in shadier spots.

Just remember to use low nutrient soil and pure water.
 
It can stay outside. It would do better with more light but I'm sure there are VFTs in the wild that grow in shadier spots.

Just remember to use low nutrient soil and pure water.
I have a sphagnum peat moss and perlite substrate (50/50) and I am using distilled water, or rain water when it rains.
 

housepet

Carnivore
Unless you can't give it plenty of direct sun you might want to bring it indoors where you can easily care for it while keeping it from storms and other dangers. As long as the light is bright enough for them, they are really nice plants to admire in either a window sill or darker location using artificial light. If you are uncertain about which lights to use, just ask the site owner-Willy, as I know that he offers some nice units in almost any size and price range. You might even have room under one to add a few other plants. For potting media, the ratio I use is: 50 percent long fiber sphagnum, 30 percent dark peat and 20 percent silica sand. Lately, I added bit extra silica sand to the surface of pots planted outdoors with some food safe diatom powder mixed into the media to discourage fungus gnats from laying eggs and having their larvae eat at the roots.
 
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