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    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
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    Okay, do any of you have a small piece of land you could use to overwinter your plants? Land that you can actually dig? If so respond back and learn the bonsai method of overwintering that I have found worked well for any cps that I didn't have bog room for in Zone 7A.
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    I have heard of that, being a novice bonsai enthusiast myself. would that work with CP's in long fiber sphagnum or would it not insulate the plants enough? I'm in Ohio.
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    Okay, actually I overwintered bonsai and cps in their growing pots. Dig a hole at least twice as deep and as large around as the pot. Layer mulch (leaves, straw, what ever, newspapers in a pinch) on the bottom about 1/4 of the way. Place the pot in the hole use the rest of the mulch to fill in around and over the pot but leave the plant itself exposed to the elements. Then place peat moss over the top to keep the mulch in place. (for bonsai I would substitute soil for peat moss). if you have small pots they can all go in the same hole, just put some mulch between them.
    This prevents a freeze of the media within the pots. The mulch acts as insulation bu the plant goes into a natural dormancy. I've had 2 ft of snow cover my plants, then ice form over the top without a loss.
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    Thanks, the only problem is that the soil in my yard is impossible to dig, I can't tell you why this only occurred to me NOW, but it did. Thanks for the help though.
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    The same principle works in a cold area that is still open to natural sun, rain, cold etc. Get a large tub at a home store like home depot and put drainage holes in it. Take each pot and put it in a pot at least an inch larger all the way around and fill the gap with mulch or even soil. Then place mulch or other insulation in the bottom of the tub and bury the pots in the tub surrounded by mulch. Still let the plants stick out above the top. Then, surround the tub with insulation. I would either pile plastic bags filled with leaves around the tub or bales of straw/hay.
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    Thanks.
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    Here are my VFT a day or so after planting out of refrigerator dormancy. We are expecting some snow tomorrow night. I'll bring them into the garage for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    I never heard it for a long time, but I sure did learn it. I've been growing vft's since I was really young (7 comes to mind) and I have only managed a successful fridge dormancy ONCE. I did manage a successful dormancy in my windowsill this winter and plan to build a cold frame this summer to put them in for dormancy. In short, I learned that the hard way.

    I've been doing the fridge method for 9 years. Never lost a plant. I also do some sarracenia that way as well.
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