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    while we're on the subject, what does it take to get tracyii to go fully dormant?

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    I have a pot of D. binata that I have had almost 20 years now..
    it might not technically require dormancy, but I always let it go dormant anyway, just because its easier..
    I put it in the winter dormancy spot with all my VFT's and Sarrs every winter..it always comes back fine in the Spring!

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    I've been raising VFTs and Sarracenia for a couple years now and the hibernation method I use for them has been successful: starting around late October I place them into a refrigerator that I has a couple suspended grow lights inside
    No need for the light..just a waste of energy..
    the plants aren't growing at 35 degrees F, they are fully dormant, they need no light..
    my plants are in pitch darkness for 4 months every winter..(again, almost 20 years doing it this way!
    they do great...I say "ditch the light", there is no need for it..

    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    while we're on the subject, what does it take to get tracyii to go fully dormant?
    D.f.tracyii won't go fully dormant and can't freeze solid so, don't leave it in the bog for the winter.

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    I also grow my sarrs, VFTs, D. capensis, and dichotoma 'Giant' outside in a bog year-round without mulching. Our winters are not as severe as yours, but if you get good snow cover that insulates the plants. The mass of the bog protects the roots of the sarrs, dews, and VFTs. Any dichotoma or capensis I have left unprotected outside through winter in pots 4" or smaller have not made it as their roots freeze in the pots, but nestled in straw they do fine in the pots.

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    Scotty,

    Can you quickly describe for me the setup you have for your vfts, etc? Is it a refrigerator too, or is it something more grand?

    I might just reduce the photoperiod on the terrarium for the sundews this winter. I have them in a corner of the house that gets chilly in the winter anyway, so I imagine this will be good enough...but I'm interested in learning about your hibernation setup for my other plants....

    Excellent newsgroup...love this place....

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    ...and thanks all for your fast and extremely well educated responses. I found a carnivorous plant home

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwende View Post
    Scotty,

    Can you quickly describe for me the setup you have for your vfts, etc? Is it a refrigerator too, or is it something more grand?
    Here you go! two pages, four years apart..
    I was using "the fridge method" in 2004 when I made this page:

    http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/sco.../CP/page2.html

    Then in 2008, I was still technically using "the fridge method", but had replaced the actual fridge with a cool basement stair-well,
    the rest of the technique is the same however:

    http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/sco...CP/page5c.html

    This is how im still doing it now..

    Scot

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    Brilliant! Excellent posts. Thanks!

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