I just meant that in the wild, Venus flytraps don't experience constant 38 degree, stagnant air like they do in refrigerators. That would be quite severe to a plant in ground in the Carolinas. It seems like it would promote fungus growth on the plant... Does anyone have problems with that? If so, do you think it could be remedied by only putting the plant in the fridge at night and letting it warm up and get some fresh air during the day? That would more closely match the winter conditions of their subtropical climate.
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Temperature and photoperiod are the major variables, with photoperiod being the most significant, since it heads in one direction and then the other. Temperature waffles in one direction and and waffles back.
No it wouldn't..it wouldn't match at all..
Originally Posted by Natalie
it would be going from 35 in the fridge to 70 degrees outside the fridge..
I doubt the temp swings are quite that extreme in the Carolinas..
at times perhaps, but not everyday..
plus, there is absolutely no reason to do that..
35 degrees in the fridge for 3 months straight is perfectly fine..
no need to alter the procedure, because it works fine as it is..
People who think there is something "wrong" about the fridge method just dont understand it..and have clearly never tried it!
(or dont *have* to try it..in which case, as I said, you are very lucky)
This is now the 18th Winter in a row I have doing "the fridge method"..with minor variations..
I have lost maybe 1 or 2 plants in all that time..yes, some light whispy mold does grow, but its not a problem..
previous procedure, using an actual fridge:
current procedure, using a cool stairwell in place of the fridge,
but otherwise everything else is the same:
And I must emphasize..this ONLY works if the plants are *grown outside all year except winter*..because the plants must be outdoors all Spring, Summer and Autumn, so they they go dormant naturally *before* the go in the fridge! the fridge does not cause or create the dormancy, it simply maintains the dormancy that was created naturally by the plants being grown outdoors all season..the fridge method does not work with plants grown indoors or grown in terrariums..the fridge is simply a warm winter substitute when real winter outdoors is too severe..