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    However, just to through a wrench in the refrigerator, because photosynthisis stops does not mean the plant is in "suspended animation" it is still alive and surviving on stored carbohydrates which it is unable to replace due to the cold and lack of light, while the plant being wintered outside or under lights can replace a certain amount of its reserves over its dormancy but will also use more energy due to the warmer avarage temps. I would suspect that the two methods ( given excellent care otherwise) will prove to be a "6 of one and a half dozen of the other" situation. My two cents worth.;)

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    And if anyone is worried about their VFTs not getting enough light in the fridge(although it's not a prob), keep in mind that they get a burst of light every few hours when you open the fridge door and the light automatically flicks on! :cheesy:
    Let's just not get into a discussion about how often we open our fridge doors! That could be disastrous. :shocked:
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    Chris don't go there! It could be a large chaotic situation! :o But hey everyone I just noticed 2 flower buds on my VFT I left potted. Yes the experimental one! But is that abnormal to have one starting to send up stalks now?

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    It's weird how plants in the fridge are not affected by having no acidic soil around them...which may prove rams theory that the plants go into such a deep dormancy that they don't know they are being messed with.
    Uh nep g it sounds like urs is going fine.

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    Really Mondo, I thought it was quite interesting.

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    Flytraps always seem to send up flowers at weird times, don't know why. I wouldn't worry tho, just get snipping!

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    flower stalks now? that is very unusual. most uncommon time mine have tried to flower is mid summer
    I don't expect mine to flower(try to flower,I mean:)) for another few months at least
    yes unless you want seed (which could be interesting) dispose of those stalks! I'm germinating some flytrap seed from the ICPS Seedbank now and they're sooo cute! :cheesy:
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    good point mondo... I don't know that it proves my point though! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I don't know that the plants actually use their starch storage while in such a deep dormancy... think about it.. what are they going to use it for? certainly not growing... and their metabolic processes within each cell are slowed down to nearly nothing... they are essentially, not completely mind you, but essentially in a state of suspended animation...

    As evidenced that there is no major change in size for a plant in a refrigerator, over a period of months...

    however, a plant put into dormancy in the traditional method, not only adds starches, but expends them as well, so truly, in the lamest sense of the word.. perhaps they really are on an even playing field.. neither making gains or losses. interesting huh?

    And BTW... you guys close your refrigerator doors? what's up with that!? how do you keep your homes cool? [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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