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    thanks for the info, i think i will dorment my VFT, to get the hang of dormancy, But is that the right way to do it, My first post up there, is that the right way to dormant a VFT?
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    Alright I live within 10 miles of you and I grow VFT's so let me fix all the misunderstandings here.

    Your VFT's will do their best outside YEAR-ROUND. They do just fine with our 100+ degree summers and they love our cold winters. In the DFW area there is NO NEED to put the plants in the fridge for winter. All you need to do is put it in the sun, and water it. Thats all.

    If you want to do more you could spray it with fungicide every now and then while it's dormant.
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    But what about keeping them in indirect sunlight? I also think the plant will freeze if it is kept ouside.
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    Indirect or full sun is OK for VFT's even in Texas. But I recommend full sun.

    The plant will freeze in the winter and it will look dead but it will still be alive and it will wake up the next year flowering and growing like mad.
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    have u had succes with this before? i dont want my VFT's dying. Just remember we dont know if winter is going to be like last year, it could be more severe this year?
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    Leave them outside all winter and just keep the soil wet. I guarantee your plant will not die. If it does I will personally drive up to Mckinney and give you a bunch of VFT's to replace it.

    VFT's are very tough plants.
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    I'm kind of in the same situation you are. I just recently put a VFT and a Sarr outside from a trade. They're both adjusting nicely but I wonder if they are healthy enough to go into dormancy. I might just bring them in for this winter ::shrug::.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (CopcarFC @ Oct. 02 2006,4:33)]Indirect or full sun is OK for VFT's even in Texas. But I recommend full sun.

    The plant will freeze in the winter and it will look dead but it will still be alive and it will wake up the next year flowering and growing like mad.
    Trapper,
    listen to CopCar!
    your plant will be MUCH more likely to survive if you just leave it outside all winter, than if you try to force it into dormancy in the fridge..

    one thing people often miss with the "fridge method" is that the plant is *already dormant* when it goes into the fridge!
    because it has been outside all summer, then into September and October..it has recieved all the decreasing light and decreasing temps all of late summer and into autumn..so by late October, when it goes into the fridge, it is *already* dormant naturally...
    your plant wouldnt have that..
    it would be fully "awake" if you tried to put in the fridge now..
    it would die..

    you are very lucky, you dont NEED the fridge method!
    because your winters are mild enough to simply keep the plant outdoors 24/7/365..you have a greta climate, use it!

    forget abotu the fridge..you dont need it.
    keep your plant outdoors every day of the year.
    put it bright, direct light, keep water in the tray, and it will thrive.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I'm kind of in the same situation you are. I just recently put a VFT and a Sarr outside from a trade. They're both adjusting nicely but I wonder if they are healthy enough to go into dormancy. I might just bring them in for this winter ::shrug::.
    Outsider,
    your situation is totally different, because you live in Ohio..
    winters in Ohio are VERY different than winters in Texas!

    Have your plants been outside all summer and into this autumn? (before you got them?) if so, you could try the fridge..but dont just "bring them inside" into a warm house..
    70 degrees all winter is just as deadly as 20 below zero..
    Do you have anywhere cool they could spend the winter?
    basement? unheated room?
    Do you know the history of the plants before you got them in a trade? have they been dormant every winter before you got them? if so, they will need a propery dormancy this winter too..

    Scot

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