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    So what I am supposed to do is take all of my vft and remove them from the dirt, then place them in a sealed ziplock with some moist spagnum; then when valentines day comes around I get them out and replant. and I dont mess with them untill then.

    If so how do I remove the plant from the lfs

    what temp should I set the vegtable drawrer to or should I use the meat drawr. thanks

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    Fre8train,
    Your profile says you are in southern Cali, why dont you just put the plants outside and let nature do its own thing?

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    I will put them outside today. Do they need to be in the partial shade if it is winter that is what they are used to living under a skylight

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    fre8train,
    Re-introduce them to Mother Nature slowly. They have to not only get adjusted to the difference in light levels, but wind and the other elements as well.

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    I'm also a dormancy first timer. Being in a dorm as made me unable to expose my plants to the outside, but I've reduced photoperiod to 8-7 hours a day. I plan to put them outside once I go home on the 15th. Would they be okay being put outside this suddenly? I could acclimate them over the course of the month I'll be home, but I'm worried about temp. shock from bringing them in and outside. Any tips? They'll be put outside on the back porch of parents' house in Roanoke, VA.
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    Cynic,
    I think the shock of moving plants in and out of the house can't be much worse than that of whacking the leaves off and placing it in a ziplock bag in the fridge, which is what some people do. I think that as long as the temp difference isn't too great, ie 80f inside and 40f outside, then they should be OK. A month should work just fine, depending on how cold it gets there and they should do OK outside most of the time. The temps for Roanoke, VA, look like they can get about 10 to 20 colder than their normal range. If you have some way of covering them (old sheets, towels, or blankets) to protect them on the days where it drops below the upper 20s for more than a couple days, that will help or bring them in and set them in a cool place in the house. I place mine just inside my back door where they get a cold draft from the air cooling on the glass of the french doors. Is it possible to put them in a small cold frame? If you could, then on really cold days you could cover it with an old sheet or two and place a small 40W bulb inside to provide warmth.

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    My best option would probably be wrapping the pots in an old blanket. I'd fridge them, but I don't trust my parents with fungicide, or to be vigilant in checking for mold. I'd much rather have them go dormant in richmond, but I have absolutely no way of putting them outside (what with the university's paranoia of jumpers in an 18-story dorm).

    I know I've probably put up a thousand different posts, but I'm just nervous about my first dormancy. Hopefully next year will provide me with better housing conditions more conducive to CPing.

    BTW, how long would cps need to be exposed to room temp to inudce waking up? IS it more light or temp based? How long could the CPs be kept indoors on a cold night/day w/o them waking up prematurely? And what about watering?
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    Quote[/b] (Cynic81 @ Dec. 07 2003,8:58)]........I know I've probably put up a thousand different posts, but I'm just nervous about my first dormancy. Hopefully next year will provide me with better housing conditions more conducive to CPing.

    BTW, how long would cps need to be exposed to room temp to inudce waking up? IS it more light or temp based? How long could the CPs be kept indoors on a cold night/day w/o them waking up prematurely? And what about watering?
    If it helps any, just remember that VFTs have been doing dormancy for a long time [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] . For the most part they have it down pat.

    I brought mine in last year when we had a cold snap that lasted for a week and then I kept waiting for a really nice day to put them back outside. Two and a half weeks later they were looking like it was spring outside. It would have helped if I had been bright enough to move them over by the back door where it's cooler. Oh well, live and learn. As for watering them, I feel the soil and if it's moist I wait. If it is feeling dry I water them enough to get the soil wet again. They don't need near as much watering in the winter as in the summer.

    As for dormancy being triggered by light or temp, my feeling is it's a bit of both. I think that reduced hours of light tell the plant that winter is coming and to get ready. The cold temps slow down the growth. I'll have to see if I can find the topic on the CPUK forum from a while back that discussed this and post the link later this evening.

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