* *I am now approaching my second winter growing CPs. *My first winter was a tough one, and I lost many plants. *This was primarily due to a combination of inexperience, and having to move my plants into the refrigerator too quickly (I'm a college kid with a strange schedule where I relocate a lot)
* This year, I hope to do things differently. *I'm hoping to avoid the refrigerator entirely, as I don't like the high risk of fungus. *So here is my plan:
For two to three weeks I will lower the photoperiod of my plants, and cool them down slightly (Currently outside in TX, high 80s) by bringing them inside (AC, mid 70s)
I will then keep the low photoperiod (using artificial lights) to about 7-8 hours a day.
During this time, I will keep the plants in a styrofoam container, to which I can add ice packs, or those artifical liquid cooling packs. *I will try to gradually reduce the average temperature by about 10 degrees a week, until I hit about 40~45F.
When the plants have hit full dormancy, I'll stop the light, and cover up the top of the container (if needed to regulate temp). *I'll keep extra cooling packed in the freezer, and swap them in and out as needed. *I'll also continue to add water, but just enough to prevent drying
How does this sound for a plan? *Any comments? *After last winter, I am leery of putting the pots in the fridge. *I would consider doing a bare root fridge dormancy, but many of my plants were repotted this year, and I don't want to further stress them.