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    If you could manage to keep temps above freezing, it should be OK. What are the temps in the shed?
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    Travis,

    I would recommend doing dormancy yearly but the choice is yours. And sometimes experimentation is a good thing.

    Wes,

    If your plants are growing outside and going dormant now then you can probably just leave them outside for the winter if you feel like and they will break dormancy on their own in spring. As for maximum dormancy time, it all depends on the plant but 4, 5, and even 6 months are doable if necessary.

    Buckeye,

    Sarrs can take temps down to 20 and sometimes even lower. Your milkshed sounds like a good place so long as there is enough light. Last year I used a patio closet on the really cold nights and it worked really well. The plants do not have to be kept above freezing necessaraly they just should not remain frozen for prolonged periods.
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    Arrow

    I'm most interested in the "LA temp" thing, I live in southern california, its pretty hot here in the winter, about 45-60 something degrees. I think I'll try one outside, but I don't know for sure if it will work. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    Dude,

    What plants are you growing? VFTs have been "naturalized" to southern FL as have a fair number of Sarr species. You will probably be okay.
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    Quote (Travis @ Oct. 01 2003,11:35)
    Every other year would be 3 months in the frig (sounds like a sentence. Three months in the slammer). I have no cold room and outside in Michigan is to cold.

    Travis[/QUOTE]
    you have a PERFECT "cold room"
    its called a refrigrator! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    I wouldnt try every-other year..too risky.
    think about why you want skip a year and do every other year..is it for you, or the plants?
    gotta do what the plants need! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    (talking to the world in general now, not Travis specifically..)

    asking "Do VFTs really need dormancy?" is like asking "do humans really need sleep?"
    We sleep once a day because we must to survive,
    VFTS need to sleep once a year, because they must to survive..
    its really not optional..

    Scot

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    Red face

    I guess I will toss them into the frig for about 3 months or so...They just look so healthy and happy. Thanks for the advice.

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    Arrow

    Well Pyro, the plants I'm growing that need dormancy are: a bout 5 young vfts, (not seedlings), a typical vft, 2 sar. Judith Hindles, and a young sarr. thats probably a rubra. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Unhappy

    So as long as I put my VFTs in a cold window, that will do for its dormacy? And they still need light during this period.....they don't just get stuck in the fridge and forgoten for 3 months....you still have to take them out every day so they get some light......?!?

    My plant might already be going dormant....the traps are much smaller, not very responsive........

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