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    When do you know when a carnivorous plant has gone dormant? Waht do they look like what happens to them...do they lose all their leaves.I really need to know what a sarracenia x purpurea x flava and a venus flytrap look like.
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    The purpurea x flava will stop producing new pitchers and a lot of the existing ones will turn brown. You will need to cut off any bits that go brown. There will still be some greenery present throughout the winter.
    The same will apply to the flytrap - most of the traps will turn black but there will still be a couple of traps.
    Dormancy is more like a rest than complete hibernation.
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    During the winter, VFTs tend to produce smaller leaves that lay flat against the ground or at least don't stick up into the air like the the long skinny summer leaves and the traps aren't as active as they are in the summer. They may not close at all or will close slowly. The plant will also seem to grow in slow motion if at all.

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    how do u to put the vft into dormency? That the hard part. How much water and how dry or how cold should the vft be?

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    Dormancy is triggered by cutting back the length of time the leaves recieve light. ie. The days get shorter. If your plant is under artificial light then reduce the time the lights are turned on. If they are outside then mother nature is already doing that for you. The plants should be kept moist but not wet. Here's a couple of links with more info.

    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2460.html
    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2462.html
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    I have a question...

    I read somewhere that if your plant is still a baby, it doesn't need to go into dormancy this year. I bought 3 VFT's in June, from this site, so... do I skip dormancy? I also have 2 other large VFT's. They are both still producing new traps. What do I do?

    If I do put them into dormancy, does anything on the plant need to be clipped or trimmed back?

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    Hi meagan,
    Your plants will let you know which way they are going. If the new leaves are shorter and tend to hug the ground and the growth slows down, then it's going dormant. Long, tall leaves are typical of summer growth and indicate the plant isn't ready for dormancy yet. Keep in mind that growth doesn't stop during dormancy, it just slows way down.
    VFTs don't normally die back to the rhizome when they go dormant, but the older leaves may die or the traps may die or both. There is no hard fast rule for this. It's like life, we play it by ear and try to give everybody the impression we really know what's happening next. Trim off only the dead parts to prevent problems with mold. The only difference in treatment from summer is to cut back on watering so the soil is moist/damp but not wet. Since the traps react slower or not at all during dormancy I don't feed mine either.
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    Hey thanx.

    I am so very torn as to what to do... I live in NYC, and we do have somewhat harsh winters. My apartment has radiator heat, which I cannot control, and for some reason, the refigerator thing doesn't sit right with me. (Besides, I am a huge cook, and my refigerator space is precious&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] I love my plants, and I will be so sad to see the croak. I have been thinking of putting them into an insulated cooler on my fire escape, but I am not sure if that would work. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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