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    Dormancy

    Dormancy
    I have Several carnivorous plants. I don't have the list of exact scientific names but I don't think you really need it for this question.
    1 Sundew
    3 .Red dragon Venus flytraps
    5. Venus fly traps
    1.purple pitcher
    1. North American pitcher Alta I think
    1. Butterwort

    you can see them here

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...030#post904030

    What are the best method for dormancy for them?
    Also I know you have to reduce the light so does anyone know of a good guide about when to lower the lights and how long to keep them dormant for?

    Thanks!

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    First off, welcome to TerraForums!

    Second, it would help us to know where you are from.
    The best method for dormancy with the plants you have listed (which are temperate to warm-temperate) is to leave them outside and let nature take over. However, I saw in your other thread that you are growing your plants in a terrarium.
    Unless you live somewhere that experiances extremely cold or unusually warm weather when the plants should be in dormancy, I do not reccomend growing them this way. Giving the plants a sufficient dormancy and the amount of light required will be very difficult.

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    The D. capensis doesn't need dormancy, so you can keep it in the tank.
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    I would highly recommend growing the flytraps and sarracenia outside unless you have a very hostile environment or no sunny area. But we'll definitely need to know where you live.

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    Washington State USA the far western tip. as far west and north as you can almost get. on a mountain.

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    I say keep them inside until spring as you have probably experianced some freezing weather already.
    You can either:
    1) Lower the amount of time the lights are on to 12 hours and lower the temperature as much as you can.
    2) Trim back all of the growth, wrap in plastic bags and place in the fridge until spring. (Reccomended) See Scotychaos' "year in the life" thread for detailed instructions on how to do this.

    I'll try to get SirKristoff to chime in on this thread. He lives in Washington as well.
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    WOOHOOO. ANOTHER WASHINGTON GROWER! welcome to TF!!! So you live around Port Angeles then?
    You can grow them outside all year, but during winter you might want to put them in a garage or shed to keep them from freezing for too long, Terrariums are not good for VFTs and Sarras long term, but people can do it...its just difficult, so why waste space that you could use for growing some fine tropical CPs like neps, dews, mexi pings, helis, utrics, etc. I suggest putting them outside as soon as spring comes around, which for us is usually around april lol...this year was awkward. Sarracenia and Dionaea require dormancy, so you need to get them in the swing of things asap.

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    "which for us is usually around april lol...this year was awkward."
    AMEN! lol If you own the plant in your avatar, It is very nice!

    Yeah nice to see another grower here!

    so I should take the Sarra and the VF trap out and put them in my garage? SO which require dormancy and for how long should i put them where?

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