Perhaps one of the most annoying and frustrating thing for a grower like me staying riiiiight at the equator line of the earth's circumference is dormancy of CPs. It's FRUSTRATING to try growing sarras for a year or two and then they just shrink and....usually die. I've heard of fridge dormancy being the solution to this, but so far, it doesn't work for me. I've lost two sarracenias purpurea just by putting them into the fridge following instructions from various forums and websites regarding fridge dormancy. They. Just. Died. ARGH!! *rant* *rant* *rant* *censored*
Ok, so forgive me for my anger. But now, I think (just THINK) that I might have gotten the right technique for keeping CPs alive during their dormancy while in the fridge. My S. purpurea has just come out of a 2 1/2 months of fridge dormancy and is starting to grow again. Reason: everyday, I remove the dormant plant from the fridge and put it in a shady part of my house with normal room temperatures for about 3 hours.
The previous death of my 2 sarracenias involved the rhizome rotting and becoming mush. The LFS that I used was certainly just moist, almost at the borderline of dry. So why did they die? I had a guess: the total lack of light within the 2-3 months of fridge dormancy encourage rot to set in, even if the conditions were cold. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe that during winter in the four seasonal countries, are the days completely dark? Surely there must be an increase in temperature and photoperiod of plants for a few short hours during the winter days? Correct?
So I would like to add my opinion to the method of fridge dormancy in the tropics. Expose the dormant plant to the outside conditions (as in shady and room temperature conditions) of the fridge for a few hours every once in a while (maybe twice or thrice a week? I did it everyday). The light and warmth may actually stave off rot from setting in and give the plant some hope that it is not in eternal darkness and coldness . This is just an observation and suggestion from a grower (who is seriously pissed at unsuccessful dormancy in the tropics).
What do you guys think? (it's an opinion, btw)