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    Would the D multifidia extrema do well in a high humidity environment? It gets good light. I put it in the terrarium because it didn't look too good, and I just got it today, so I don't want it too dry out too much. The soil isn't wet though, its just moist, and its very humid inside.

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    I don't think that D. dichotoma "Giant" requires a dormancy. I've had one for three or four years and it's never stopped growing - it's become a real monster, too. A few pots of cuttings that I didn't have room for inside last Winter went dormant and came back, but I certainly don't think it's necessary. Where did you hear that, NaN? I'm a little surprised to hear you treat them so delicately. I've heard newer growers talk about dormancy for binata strains, but the formal concensus had always seemed to me to be that they didn't have a dormancy and behave like tropicals other than being able to come back from the roots after a frost.
    I'm curious now - maybe I'll leave some of my dichotoma and "extrema" plants outside this Winter and see how they do. Last year the pots of cuttings maintained their foliage through several days of frost, then snow and hail, before I moved them into my friend's garage where it hovered just above freezing. They didn't drop their leaves until he kept them unlit for like three or four weeks, but when he got the lights set up they all came back. Out of five pots of D. dichotoma and about thirty more of capensis, they're all as good as new this year.
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    PS - To answer the original questions - treat them all the same. Basic mix of peat and an inorganic filler like perlite, ceramic chips or sand. Keep them indoors and they'll do fine; keep them outdoors and they may die back to the roots after a frost, after which they should probably come in until the risk of frost has passed. But if it doesn't freeze often and you put them in a well-protected container (like an in-ground bog) they may well just take to life outside permanently. I'd recommend keeping them in separate pots, as one will eventually choke the others out in all likelihood.
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    from what ive seen the binata complex will go dormant if given a chance.....they go dormant on me when the day length changes even though the temps dont in my office window.....they go dormant about November and start back up about March.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler View Post
    from what ive seen the binata complex will go dormant if given a chance.....they go dormant on me when the day length changes even though the temps dont in my office window.....they go dormant about November and start back up about March.......
    Certainly. But to they need that rest period, or do they just stop growing when it's cold?
    On a tangental note, is there a different word for a "required" dormancy, or is dormancy assumed to normally be optional with plants? I'm a little confused by the terminology. Generally, when I see the word "dormancy," I think of the type of dormancy of Sarracenia or VFTs, where the health of the plant is at stake.
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    i see better growth in plants that go through the dormancy.........the spring growth is much bigger and more robust that what was there when it the previous season.....it makes bigger leaps than if you had just let it keep growing...

    i dont believe a dormancy is required but since it doesnt need cool temps to go through dormancy its rather simple to let it do so and you will have a better plant if yah do......

    my capensis tend to go through a dormancy aswell, though they die back during the hottest months of the summer and start growing again about September.....not every one goes dormant but the majority do.....havent heard anyone else say this but mine have consistantly done it over the last couple years......
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