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    Ah! PA..ok then..
    Most of PA is too cold to keep VFTs and Sarrs outside all winter..
    but you probably already knew that!

    So *next* winter you will probably have to find someplace specific for dormancy..
    fridge, basement, garage..something like that..

    but for now, as Joel said, the real question is: "is your plant dormant right now"?
    dont know..

    where did you get them?
    what store?
    did they have a little clear plastic cover on them?
    can you take and post a picture?

    what I would probably do is just leave it inside for the rest of the winter..
    then in the spring, put it outdoors for the season..leave it outside until late October or early November (whenever it starts to fall below freezing at night on a regular basis)
    then put it away for winter dormancy..
    where? dont know yet..you have 8 months to figure that out!

    35 degrees is not too cold..
    actually 35 degrees is perfect for a winter dormancy..

    but you probably dont want to put it in the fridge right now..
    unless we can be sure it is dormant..

    where did you get them?
    what store?
    did they have a little clear plastic cover on them?
    can you take and post a picture?


    can maybe help answer that..

    Scot

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    they put a plastic cup over them when shipping
    Finer in 09'er

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    Friday,
    well that plant looks quite healthy and robust!
    but unfortunately its still hard to tell if its dormant or not..
    especially with the pitcher tops cut off..

    I got your email about where you got it..I emailed them and asked!
    I just asked a general question about if I should order now or wait until April,
    because im not sure if their Sarrs are dormant now or not!

    I will let you know what they say..

    Scot

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    Looks dormant to me. There are no summer pitchers on there - the lopped off growth is a mix of phyllodia and skinny fall pitchers.

    It needs to go somewhere cool. Air circulation is preferable, which is why the fridge isn't always ideal.

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    On a plant with several phyllodia, can they be seperated at the rhizome into multipal plants? If so, how and what part of the anual cycle is best to do this?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    Looks dormant to me. There are no summer pitchers on there - the lopped off growth is a mix of phyllodia and skinny fall pitchers.

    It needs to go somewhere cool. Air circulation is preferable, which is why the fridge isn't always ideal.
    hmmm..good catch on the pitcher "look"!
    I didnt even notice that..because im not used to seeing phyllodia..
    you are probably right..although it is hard to tell with only the bottem 1/3 of the pitchers showing..but from what you *can* see I agree..
    im not used to seeing phyllodia! my sarrs almost never make them, because they get sent into dormany early (compared to the wild) and never make any phyllodia in the winter at all..

    No, the Fridge is never ideal, but it works fine if its your only option.
    I dont think air circulation is that big a deal..
    my sarrs and vfts have had zero air circularion every winter for 15 years..they do fine.
    I agree "no fridge and some air circulation" is better than "fridge and no air circulation",,
    but there is also nothing really wrong with "fridge and no air circulation"..it works..
    and for many people its the only option.

    Friday,
    I would not bother with the Fridge for the rest of this winter..
    its not worth it and its too late (too late in the season, winter season)
    If your Sarr really has been dormant for the last few months, its just comping out of dormancy a touch early this spring!
    (its coming out of dormancy right now..simply because you bought it now..thats not a bad thing..although it would have been better to wait until April before buying the plant..but whats done is done..)

    (just a FYI for anyone reading this..its NEVER a good idea to buy VFTs or Sarrs in the middle of winter! wait until spring..)

    If you have a cool spot indoors, maybe a cool window, put it there..
    failing that, just stick it in any bright window..it will start to come out of dormancy early (right now)..then in March or April put it outdoors for the season..only bring it indoors if its going to fall below freezing overnight..even its going to be in the mid-30's overnight, leave it outside!

    then start reading up on dormancy!
    you will need to devise a method for dormancy for next winter..

    Scot

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    well, i'm sticking it back in the fridge this week, the temperature is below freezing, i'll put it back outside once it warms up above 45 degrees. Unfortunately i don't have a place in my house that is cold enough for dormancy except in the fridge.
    Finer in 09'er

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    I keep mine in the fridge, it's 40 degrees F. Seem to do just fine. Same with my VFTs.
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