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Thread: Dormancy: to do or not to do?

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    Okay, like I've said before, I've had very bad CP luck for a VERY long time now. Except for a couple months this year that they've done pretty good, my current stock has been looking quite bad for as long as I've had them. I currently have one Dente VFT, several unidentified VFTs, one Judith Hindle, one Rubra, one Purpurea ssp. Venosa, one or more Minors (same pot) and one Adelae. For about two years, all the plants that I've had have started out looking okay, but then they go downhill. Currently, after a few weeks of being in the garage (fo the hurricanes.. their back out in the sun now), everything is just like before, but worse. The VFTs are growing even slower and dying off even more, the Rubra is even leggier and even more sparse in growth, the Judith Hindle has even more black crap on it and is growing even worse, the Venosa is still growing, but still small and slow, the adelae is withering away even faster and has no dew (as opposed to very little dew a month ago), and the minors are getting even skinnier and leggier and awkward and even more unable to support themselves. I've sprayed the Judith Hindle with Pyrethrin (all-natural stuff that doesn't harm them that I used to rid my minors of the scale, which still isn't completely gone, after all this time) for the black crap and everything else as well, since recently a couple things were getting eaten (I found the caterpillar the next day). The spraying occurred a few weeks ago, before they went into the garage for a while. I've flushed out all pots numerous times, but nothing seems to help. I've never had such enormously bad luck with CPs before. Everything is just plain crappy. Am I losing my touch?

    But to get down to the point of this post, should I even bother with dormancy this year? I've got another couple of months before Thanksgiving, which is when I usually would put them into dormancy, but I don't know if they're strong enough for dormancy, or if it's even worth it. What do y'all think?
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    I owudl say put them and let them experience light frosts.
    lights frosts shoudl kill off the fungus(the blac crap) and the mealie bugs.
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    They might not be dieing. They might be going dormant! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    cant help you on the adelae though

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    i use usually a mix of rubbing achohol, fungicide, and water and that got rid of alot of sprintails (pests) for me
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    It took me some time to figure D. adelae out. I'm not sure I've got it totally figured out yet, time will tell. They seem to be very picky plants when it comes to light and heat. Here's what I wrote on my website about them:
    I had it in an area which it received all but the intense afternoon sun. The plant had a meltdown. I then found out they prefer shaded locations. I pulled the plant out of the pot and left the pot outside. The plant started to grow in the fall from the roots in the pot. It was then moved into the terrarium because of the cold weather. Before that happened, I purchased another D. adelae. I tried this one in an area that received early morning and late evening sun. This plant did not do good either. I'm guessing maybe this plant does not like heat and moved it inside in a fish bowl. It seemed to somewhat recover, but still not doing good. I then decided to set up a 10 gallon terrarium with a Tropical Aire humidifying system. Since I've done this both D. adelae have been growing great with lots of dew on their leaves during the fall and winter. Now that summer has arrived my D. adelae stop producing dew on there leaves and new leaves brown and die after a few days. The temp in the terrarium reach mid 80's during the day. I believe this plant dislikes mid 80F temperatures, because I moved one of my plants out of the terrarium to a windowsill and it is producing leaves that stay green and have dew on them. The room rarely exceeds 75F. I took my second D. adelae to work and placed it on a windowsill. It is growing much better there then in the terrarium.


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    I purchased a D. adelae from Lowes in November and placed it on a window sill at the lab. It survived a few repots over the next few months and produced green, dewy leaf after green, dewy leaf. Then, during the summer, it went down hill. Green became brown and nothing I did revived it (Superthrive, more humidity, more light, less light) AS Tamlin alluded to by examinaing the roots for surprises, I checked it out. I didn't recognize anything. The roots were still there. No mush. I waited and waited for the plant to come around - but it didn't. So I tossed it.

    The baby plants have been outside all summer. At first I shielded them with plastic covers but eventually removed them. They are south-facing and exposed. Incredibly, they are doing well.

    I now regret my decision of tossing the parent plant. I believe it was just doing its notorious "diebacks" and I just wasn't patient enough. After all, its roots were still intact.

    I know about the heat and light issues and ended up doing eveything wrong - but have had good results. By the same token, the "right" approaches were only successful until summer. There must be more than what met my eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Spectabilis73 @ Sep. 18 2004,12:12)]They might not be dieing. They might be going dormant! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Ah, so they've been going dormant for two years straight. I see.
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    I`m sorry to hear you`re plants aren`t doing well Tonya
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