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    N. villosa fridge method

    Just wanted to share my recent experience with the method of putting your villosa in the fridge. I suggest to not risk doing it. I tried putting it in the fridge as people suggest because my nighttime drops were only getting down to the high 70s and with day time temps of high 80s-90. The villosa was doing fine just not growing. Member recommended to put it in the fridge to give it a nice temperature drop, since it wasn't getting cold enough. I threw it in the fridge and this is what happened.


    Now my temps in the fridge are no lower than 48 and there are tons of variables here, since obviously it has worked for some people, but not me. My suggestion is just dont risk it, I know other people do this method fine, but Im making this post so this wont happen to anyone else on such a rare plant. In my experience its better to let the plant be than try and baby because even though the conditions it was growing in were less than ideal, it was still alive. I did nothing to that plant and let it just sit in its sealed cup and it did much better. Every plant that I try to baby never does well and the ones I dont, they acclimate and do just fine. Just some of my thoughts I would share with everyone. You may disagree, this is just my opinion.

    PS: I grew this plant for 7 months with no problems

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    Darn, sorry to see that happen.

    I really like the moss, do you know what kind it is?

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    just normal sphagnum moss growing farther from the light so it gets less compact.

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    Mike, try putting it in the oven to counter the effects of the fridge. I hear folks have great luck with that, too.


    p.s., For those of you who think this sounds too snide, Mike knows where I'm coming from.

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    Fridge temps should not be 48*F, milk is considered unsafe if stored over 40*F so there is something wrong with your fridge or thermostat if it's that warm. My guess is your temps are actually much cooler than that coupled with the fact the plant never had a temp drop before then suddenly a dip to possibly 38*F would be a big shock. My plants get to 40*F nights in the depths of winter but they are acclimated to it with 50*F in summer 45*F in late fall and 40*F in Jan.

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    Good point Swords, this is why I wouldn't recommend this method because of there are many factors that can cause your plant to die, just like mine.

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    Sorry this happened to you, maybe with luck it'll recover...

    Also, the cold air in a fridge is dry and not humidified. In my particular fridge the fan is so strong if I put something like a steak or casserole in the fridge without a cover it turns hard and shriveled in a day or so, that kinda air blowing over your high humidity loving Nep would be bad news.

    This is why I recommend using cold air from outside a window or from an AC output pushed through a duct into your grow area for the temp drops. It doesn't require moving any plants for cooling and the AC gets to 50*F or so but not any colder. Using outside air can get too cold if you don't watch the winter weather and close the window on super cold nights but better a tad too warm than below freezing.

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    I had it covered, there was actually tons of condensation in the lid of the cup I had over it, but like you said it was probably much to cold . It would be nice if my A/C vents were in the ceiling hehe.

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