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    Ok guys, what am i doing right or wrong here?

    Do the following sundews have a dormant period? If so how do I induce it? Thank you. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    D. dichotoma 'giant'
    D. binata

    So far these guys are being treated as tropicals with good water and whatever sunlight we get.

    Thanks as always! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]




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    Good question. The word on the street in my part of the woods is that the binata will come back from a dormant period, but it will be later in the growing season. I have a T-form that will enjoy its tropical terrarium over the winter while the 'extrema' will ride the winter outdoors with my other temperature CP. But don't take what I write too seriously on this one. I'm actually eager to see what others write on this matter.

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    I have always given my binatas a dormancy. I did not give one plant a resting period last year, with no ill effects at all. I say it is really up to your discretion. I just like any excuse to give my plants dormancy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I just like any excuse to give my plants dormancy
    See? I am just the opposite! Trying my hardest to stay away from a potentially deadly (to my plants) situation!

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    My binata and filiformis didn't give me a choice. When the days started getting shorter they died back, so they are now sharing a baggie in the fridge door [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] .
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    I grow a good number of different D. binata clones. Dormancy in this species is a matter of whether you can afford them the hight light they require for good growth. They tend to go dormant with colder temps, and remain active in growth if warmth and, most importantly, LIGHT is available. Dustin, considering you grow in a GH in Upstate NY, I would suggest that you let the plants go dormant if the temps are low enough to allow it: this will serve to conserve the gains they have made in the summer, otherwise the dim conditions of a NY winter will probably lead to etiolated growth. I find a Sarracenia like dormancy suits them just fine, and they return pretty much as the Sarracenia do. For me, this means dormant plants dont attain a good full form until somewhere around the 4th of July, which is when the pitcher plants also start looking typical around here. Your pitcher plants looked good long before mine did, so this would probably hold true for the D. binata as well. You also have the option of adding some light, but flourescents barely do the job: it's difficult to get the lights close enough to the plant crowns due to the heigth of the leaves. With HID lighting, this is not so much a problem, and when I have had the lights I have allowed the plants to grow over the winter months, which they are very willing to do. If you opt for the dormancy, keep the plants just moist not standing in water.
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    I think i'll let them go dormant. It get's about 55-50 in there at night so it's chilly but comfotable but the dichotoma just put out a smaller leaf so I'm guessing it wants to nap. All I'll do it overturn a water saucer and set it up out of the big water tray. Thanks to everyone. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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