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    During winter Dormancy, What can i do to make sure that my plant is still alive and not dead? I think i heard somewhere that during the winter you can put it in the refridgerator?? Is this true? Give me some Suggestions.
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    Hi Lofter

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    We need a little more information to give you an answer. What type of CPs are you talking about? Not all of them need dormancy. Also it would help to know where you live. We are still a few months from dormancy but it IS coming.

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    That is were I stick my plants (refrig) for the winter, for about three months. I am thinking of doin' cuttings to avoid winter...if any of my plants die at least I have the cuttings. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I live in New Jersey, And I am talking about Venus Flytraps.
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    You should be able to grow them outdoors year round, and they will go dormant naturally. GOOD LUCK!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    As Lithopsman said, dormancy should be easy for you. For the most part, the people that use the fridge for dormancy are those who live in areas that don't get very cold in the winter (California, Florida, tropical countries, etc.). If you keep your plants outdoors, dormancy will occur naturally with no special fuss. General rule of thumb is that your plants should be in dormancy from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day. Of course, outdoors, they do their thing and grow or "sleep" according to temps and photo period.

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    actually, most of NJ is probably too cold for a "natural dormancy" outdoors all winter..unless there are milder winters near the coast..but I think of NJ as being pretty much the same as central PA as far as winter goes..too cold!

    many of use the "refrigrator method" because our winters are far too cold and too long! not too warm..(although too warm is also a reason to use the refrigrator)

    In late October, prepare your VFT by cutting off all the leaves, leave the rhizome in the pot, and wrap the whole pot in a plastic bag..then just stick in the fridge until mid-february! thats basically it..

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    Quote (scottychaos @ Aug. 27 2003,10:49)
    In late October, prepare your VFT by cutting off all the leaves, leave the rhizome in the pot, and wrap the whole pot in a plastic bag..then just stick in the fridge until mid-february! thats basically it..[/QUOTE]
    Am I reading that right: You cut off all the leaves, even the healthy ones? I thought VFTs still needed some light and still did some Photosynthesis in the winter. I was planning to use my garage but I heard that they still need some light so I'm still trying to figure out what to do now.

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