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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    just for the record..low 60's is REALLY REALLY WARM as far as the plants are concerned!
    you should only consider bringing them in at night if its dropping into the low 30's..In the early spring and late Autumn, my plants stay outside 24/7 as long as the temp is above 32..

    I watch the evening news weather reports on the "questionable nights", and if the overnight forecast says 32 or higher, they stay out..even if it ends up being a little colder than the forecast, and there is a light frost, thats still no big deal..
    in the fall, I conisider a light frost a *good* thing..helps them really go dormant properly..

    so low 60's? not even remotely a concern..thats downright tropical..

    Scot
    Yeah, you're right Scott. I figured that out after reading the forums. My main concern was not that it would be too cold for them, just that I wanted to keep they're growth rate up and not throw them back into dormancy mode. I've seen the error of my ways now and they're out 24/7.

    ---------- Post added at 04:36 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:34 PM ----------

    Also, not to hijack the thread here, but is misting at night a good idea or no?

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    I wouldn't bother with misting..dont see much point to it..
    it raises the ambient humidity for about 2 minutes!
    not really worth the effort IMO..

    and as an alternative viewpoint to "acclimating slowly"..some people (such as I! feel that its best to "stick the plant out in full sun immediately, and just let the sun have-at it!"

    because they need the full sun..so getting them in full sun asap is a good thing..
    yes, the old "indoor" leaves WILL burn..but IMO, this is not a big deal..
    those leaves are basically useless anyway..
    new leaves that quickly emerge will be automatically acclimated to full sun..so those leaves will benefit from being in the full sun right from the start..

    I also believe there is nothing *wrong* with "acclimating slowly"..it cant hurt..
    but personally I just dont see the point..
    I think the old indoor leaves will still burn anyway, no matter how slowly you acclimate them..
    and meanwhile you are just making a lot more work for yourself, and depriving the plant of extra sunlight which it wants and needs..

    we, as humans, consider sitting out in direct sun for 16 hours a day to be a very bad thing..
    with good reason..
    but I think we maybe sometimes anthropomorphize our plants a bit and project that "fear of the sun" onto them..but our plants WANT and NEED full sun..for them, its better to be in it than not in it..

    more on "the burn":

    http://gold.mylargescale.com/scottyc...ge5a.html#burn

    I think either way is fine..the slow acclimatization or "stick them right in full sun"..
    neither method is right or wrong..
    I just know I let my plants burn every spring, and they always do fine..
    so im basing my opinion on 16 years of experience..


    Scot

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    Excellent post. It helped me a lot. That explains why I've been trimming off the brown traps so much lately, yet the plant is growing so fast. It also explains the brown hue over my green VFT.

    I'll quit misting. I'm just blowing expensive distilled water into the air.

    If you don't mind I'll be PMing you this fall for your advice on winterizing my plants. My basement is heated so that won't work. The fridge in my apartment is too small to put my collection in. I was going to just put my plants in a north facing window in the coldest room of my house but I don't think the temps will get low enough. Looks like my best option might be the plastic bag method you showed in your article, and keeping the plants in my parents unheated garage. If it works out I'd like to expand my sar and VFT collection next year .

    Man, these temperate CP's are a pain in the neck...but so worth it .

    Thanks again,

    Seth
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    Well, I wanted to just put them in full sun, but I am erring on the side of caution. I am not putting them in full shade when I pull them in, we have a screened in patio type thing in our back yard, so its more like dappled shade or just screened shade. I am going to stick to my regimen of an extra hour a day, its the easiest on my schedule (i already programmed into my phone to move the plant at the right time every day).

    I have gone into full spring mode, I have been working on my yard all day. Even got a new rose bush! I cant wait for everything to grow and be healthy.

    Thank you all for your opinions on sun exposure for new plants, and I think I am right in the middle in my approach, so it cant be all bad right

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    Ah, the middle way. Always a good choice.

    Check out Scot's link- it's really cool. I learned more in 30 minutes than I had in a week of research. Especially helpful for those that live in northern climates (I'm in MI). I have a lot more feasible dormancy options now.

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