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The setup
The setup  

The flytrap
The flytrap  
I bought a venus flytrap at lowes, but it was in horrible condition. I also bought a supposedly dormant flytrap and pitcher plant bulbs. I got a setup, and wants to know if everything is fine. Here are some images. It also receives a little light from the windowsill, should the light be on for 16 hours? Or will it burn?          
         
         Thanks, Yoshi

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Hi Yoshi,

Short-term this will be ok.  The flytraps probably were sort of dormant.  It's always hard to tell what kind of condition they are in when you get them at stores, especially in the winter.  When Venus flytraps are grown indoors under tropical conditions they usually live about one year.  Under normal (for Venus Flytraps) conditions they can live up to 20 years.  You may see a little leaf burn since the plants have been in the dark, but don't worry about that.  When new leaves grow they will look normal.

Yoshi, before I answer anymore questions you have a homework assignment.  Go to our website an read the whole page at this link:  http://www.cobraplant.com/caresheets/venusflytraps  After that read this page:  http://www.cobraplant.com/caresheets/sarracenia  Write back and tell me what you think, especially in comparison to how your are currently setting up your plants.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.cobraplant.com  

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