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    I have 2 vft's that I bought early this summer. I have yet to transplant them for the first time. I live in Chicago where the winter can be pretty rough. My question is why should I put them in the frig if it gets just as cold outside as in the frig? Can I just cover them and leave them outside, giving them water just a little? My second question is when should I bring them in if I shouldn't leave them outside?[B]

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    * As long as it doesn't get colder than your refridgerator they'll be fine. *If it gets down to freezing, then that could kill them. *I've lost the leaves off my VFT's due to freezing and frost in the late spring/early summer and they recovered. *They can survive brief drops to freezing temps. *In their native habitat they seldom get hard freezes or snow. Mulching may protect them. I would wait to try it on an extra plant so that if it doesn't work, you won't be out a VFT. I bring mine in when the night temps strt dropping into the low 40's and put them in the fridge when I notice trap growth slowing or changing. Usually in mid to late November. I pull them out late March to mid April. They need at least 3 months of dormancy.

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