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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    Flowers photosynthesise like any other plant part, and since the large umbrella style lasts virtually all year, the plant gains much more in energy from it than it has expended in growing it.
    Hi Alexis,
    While this is true for a plant grown and overwintered outdoors, a plan overwintered indoors in the fridge would have no light to photosynthesize with.

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    also, keep in mind the rhizome, which is basically an energy tank. for the most part, when sarracenia flower, they are using most of the energy from the rhizome - new leaves are just starting to form and last years leaves are either absent or deteriorated to some extent. the flowers themselves are created in the fall and only require energy to increase in size, which is actually less than that required to actually create the bud.

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    I'm guessing the artificial environment is going to be less effective than the natural environment.

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    still trying to get pictures but I did turn the fridge colder to see if this will slow down the growth of the flowers. Today finally warmed up to the 40s outside however still to early to get the plants out though eager to do so.

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    Got the plants out of dormancy 2-3 weeks ago however having to move the pots occasionally do to some cold nights, however, all the plants look like the made it using the frige method. I did however have 3-4 flowers that started in the fridge abort but the others are looking good. Anyways these plants definitly have an internal time clock that no matter the dormancy method we cant control.

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    Your first post on the problem was early February. Some people actually start waking their plants up in mid February so you were not far off from a normal wake up time. I'd trust the plants to know what they want and what they are doing. You could cut the flower off and leave them in another week or 2 or 3 or take them out and stick them in a south or west window. I've taken some out of the fridge in mid February with beginning flower spikes showing. Usually within a week or so after I take mine out they show the flower ball starting.
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    Hope it works out. I am trying to figure out my dormancy situations also.
    Last edited by Keith; 11-18-2012 at 06:27 PM.

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