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 In both The Venus Flytrap & Sarracenia you will start to see there summer leaves & traps die back over time to which they will start to turn brown/black in colouration. The Venus Flytrap plant when entering dormancy will shed there summer upright traps for new lower traps which are closer to the soil level. Alot of the Red forms of Venus Flytraps can completely die back to the centre crown without developing any new traps until the arrival of spring. We have found over the years that some older Venus Flytrap plants tend to keep more winter traps than younger plants which can die back much greater. As the summer traps begin to die back in the autumn you should remove each dead trap as they develop. This helps to prevent rot & mould from starting to form. As if you leave the dead traps on the plants they can start to rot back to the centre crown of the plant which this can sometimes rot out the whole plant over the winter months. Also you will need to reduce your watering. It is best to just add a little amount of 3 to 4 mm of rain water into the plants tray or saucer. Then allow all the water to be absorbed fully by the plant so that the tray or saucer just starts to dry slightly before topping up the tray or saucer again with rain water. Your plants soil MUST never become totally dry as this will kill your plant. Lightly moist soil is the best consistency of water for your plants during the winter period. If kept to wet they can rot out. Venus Flytraps & Sarracenia Plants are very hardy. They can stand temperatures down to around -10’C Venus Flytraps & Sarracenia plants require a cool dormancy period each year. For a period of 3 to 5 months as if they do not receive a cool dormancy period they may weaken over time & eventually can die. Winter Care Guide (Dormancy)  > Back To The Care Guide Index < Winter Care Guide For The Venus Flytrap & Sarracenia. © CarnivorePlants.co.uk 2010 During the Autumn time when the daylight levels become much shorter. The reduction in the amount of natural light that your plants receive will trigger them to start going dormant. Dormancy is a bit like hibernation for your plants where they will preserve & store alot of there energy until the spring returns the following year. When your Venus Flytrap or Sarracenia enter there winter dormancy period the mistake most people make is to think the plant has started to die and throw the plant away. Without realizing this natural process of dormancy which these plants need during the wintertime. The Photo’s above shows a Venus Flytrap plant which has become dormant during the winter time. This is a great time to clean up your plants while they are dormant. You will first need to remove any dead black traps. And you can then clean up your plants by removing any surface moss & any weeds. You can then top up the peat moss where you have removed the moss with fresh peat moss. Your Venus Flytrap plant is now ready for the new growing season next spring. On the right of this page you will see a Sarracenia plant that is becoming Dormant for the Winter season. You will see the Pitchers start to turn brown in colouration. These pitchers will slowly die back over the winter months. All you need to do is simply remove the dead pitchers as they die back. The bottom photo on the right side shows a Sarracenia Rhizome which has had the dead pitchers removed to which you can simply pull the dead pitchers upwards away from the plant rhizome as they die back. This will leave a nice clean rhizome as in the photo on the right. This Sarracenia plant is now ready to grow fresh new pitchers when springtime returns. Venus Flytraps & Sarracenia should have all there soil replaced completely with new fresh Sphagnum peat moss/perlite mix every few years Which will help to refresh the soil & help increase new growth. “A Dormant Venus Flytrap” Cleaning Up A Dormant VFT During Winter Dormancy 1, Remove Dead Black Traps 2, Remove Any Surface Moss/Weeds 3, Top up With Fresh Peat Moss A Sarracenia Plant Starting to go Dormant A number of Sarracenia Pitchers Entering Dormancy A Sarracenia Rhizome with the dead pitchers removed.