Dionaea ‘Phalanx’

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August 2020

Venus flytraps do not require dormancy. This earth-shaking news was not published on a clickbait website, but in the trustworthy Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. To sum it up, there are two requisites: the plant has to be fed constantly during the winter months, and it needs a ton of light, in both intensity and photoperiod.

I decided to experiment with my Dionaea ‘Phalanx’. At the end of the 2019-2020 dormancy, I took it out of its big pot and planted it in my terrarium. Since then, it has been growing quite well, albeit not with the best colors, but the real test will be next winter.

Dionaea 'Phalanx' in August 2020
Dionaea ‘Phalanx’ in the marsh-like bed of my highland tank. Note the rather large petioles, suggesting a mild lack of light.
Dionaea 'Phalanx' in August 2020
Side view showing the long bristles.

July 2018

What makes Dionaea ‘Phalanx’ stand out is the well-defined colors, and of course the elongated bristles, where it got its name from. They give the plant a certain elegance. I purchased this very healthy young specimen from a French flytrap enthusiast.

Dionaea 'Phalanx' in July 2018
Planting the little Dionaea was made complicated by the layer of pozzolan, but it went well.
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