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Thread: Dormancy: to do or not to do?

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    Sorry to hear about your plants FTG. Last year I had a problem with slugs on my S. purpurea so I'd go out at night with a flashlight & bottle of ammonia water.

    Also, I wonder if they are not getting enough light?

    Some of my plants seem stunted this year since it's been a cold summer for us. I lost several flytraps this year when it was rainy and cold for several days. Anyway, if it was me I would do the dormancy thing on most, maybe keep a few indoors for the winter.

    As for the D. adelae, I have one that's just going gangbusters. Originally one of those plants in a "Bug-Biting" acrylic cube on sale. It's NOT in a tank ( lack of room), but on a shelf under lights, in a 6 inch pot of LFS sitting in an inch of rainwater. It's about 6 inches from the light bulbs to the top of the pot, some of the leaves are within an inch of the lights that are on 18 hours a day. Ever since I started neglecting it, it went wild - a cluster of about 20 plants.

    I hope this helps.

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    Pond boy, thanks.. BTW, it's "Tanya".

    Well, I've been giving them as much sunlight as I can this year, except for now, because my grandmother made me put them on the screened-in back porch when they came out of the garage after the last hurricane, because they'll need to go back in there again for this next one tonight.. *sigh*
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    Sounds like it might be a combination of issues, light being one (leggy Sarracenia). Usually, when plants start out well and then decline, there are issues with the mix: possible mineral contamination, or the presence of insects attacking the roots.

    If your plants are outside, then temperate dormancy will happen and is probably advisable. I would transplant everything into new fresh mix and hope for the best for next season, but if the Sarracenia are etiolating nothing short of increasing the sunlight is going to change anything in that regard.

    If you know of anyone with Orthene, I would suggest that you use this systemic which will take care of many common sucking insect pests on your plants. It works very well, and has no detrimental effects to anything I have used it on, and I grow a lot of different plants.
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    Thanks, Tamlin.. I don't think it's mineral contamintaion, though, because I plant them all in Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss and they get watered and misted with distilled water and sometimes clean rain water if I run out of distilled.

    I'll work on the lighting thing and repotting thing.. I guess this next growing season I'll make sure my grandmother gets them out into the sun before I get up (9 AM).. she gets up at, like, 7.. and I'll leave them out as long as they get light.. see if that helps..

    BTW, I put the adelae back farther on the shelf where it gets shadier conditions.. it's.. no worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]that got rid of alot of sprintails (pests) for me
    they're pests?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] I have a bunch of them but they don't do any harm.
    I hate spraying pesticides/fungicides just because I think the're bad.
    anyway, Sphagnum is also used for orchids and stuff so could it be that they added fertilizer to it? I haven't bought sphagnum form a store (that wasn't in a CP pot) so I wouldn't know if they did that but I guess they would.
    If I were you I wouldn't put them into dormancy. I'd give them bright light w/ some sun. I have mine in a south...west? facing window... but they don't get any sun. I usually get mine and they get all ugly for a couple of months and then get normal but green.... aldough my S. rubra has some purple veins!!! which really shocked me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    springtails aint pests
    that makes no logic

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    No, the peat I use is pure, since I've always used it.. seems like everything would be dead by now. And it's the only CP-useful dirt WalMart sells, so...

    And I really have no choice for dormancy, since I don't have any place to put a 5x3 greenhouse inside.. and no way to light them well. I can't keep them outside in the winter, because, contrary to popular belief, Florida is no perfect tropical paradise with no seasons. It DOES get cold in the winter, and we get frosts and freezes alot at night in the winter. We even got snowflakes last January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]It DOES get cold in the winter, and we get frosts and freezes alot at night in the winter. We even got snowflakes last January.
    oh wow...
    you CAN put them outside. In NC we get worse weather and VFT's are from NC (I've seen them in the wild)... aldough it's wamer at the coast.
    and some of your sarrs are native to florida.

    maybe the problem is the pure peat? They like mixes of sand or LFS along with peat... not just pure peat.
    which reminds me... I've got to buy something to mix in w/ my peat... I don't have any plants in pure peat right now (or at least I don't think I do) but when I get more plants I could only put them in pure peat... anyway I need to buy some other stuff.
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