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    So... would there be anything wrong with just keeping it in the garage? It should stay nice and cold, but not frozen - and there will be very little sunlight.

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    Mine are kept in a similar way and they do fine. Light is not really needed during dormancy although it is probably beneficial.
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    Hello Snugulz

    Welcome to the forums. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I live in VA, not that far from NC and I keep my potted VFTs outdoors all winter. They get rained on, snowed on and frozen and they do just fine. They are tough little plants.

    If you want to be safe you could maybe pack a little mulch around the outside of the pot to protect it a bit. You could put it in the garage...but you will have to remember to water it instead of letting Ma Nature take care of that outdoors. If I did that, I'd probably forget to water it...(like I just did 40 african violets I moved upstairs... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] )

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]They get rained on, snowed on and frozen and they do just fine. They are tough little plants.
    You are sooo lucky!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Hi Snugulz. The only thing that I sugjest on transplanting is wait till spring and if you can keep the old dirt ball around the vft. That keeps the roots safe and keeps the shock to a minimum.

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    17 Degrees is nothing for a vft for a short period of time if it's planted in the ground. It gets in the teens in NC almost every year for a about 3 or 4 days then it warms back up to above freezing. On Christmas of '89 it was 0 degrees F. (all time record low for the area) and we had 14 inches of snow on the ground. So that shows that vft's and alot of other cp's can tolerate very cold temps.

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    Thanks Travis, I was about to ask whether to keep the current dirt ball entangled around the roots intact, or to shake it off and completely transplant - but I will most likely keep the dirt ball indeed [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks to all for your advice!

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    Hurray! I got photos of my little guy. Please feel free to comment about the condition of the plant. I took one of the bottom of the plant to show you what (I think) are the roots of the plant poking out - thus meaning that it needs replanting. I have noticed that they initially come out white, then eventually turn to the blackish color that you see in the photo... =\

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    Comments: Overall healthy plant. Your plant is starting to make winter leaves (the short wavy ones in the center), which is a good sign. Even if those are roots poking out of the bottom, I would still leave it in the pot. If you absolutely wanted to, I guess you could transplant it, but it doesn't seem to be overgrowing it yet.

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