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    PAK: A Rather Female CP'er out of Richmond. She's very sweet and is considered one of the "Wise village elders" of the PFT community.

    Fridge Dormancy: Remove Plants from pots, leaving a bit of moss around the roots. Wrap roots in paper towels moistened with distilled water. Apply fungicide. Place plant in a plastic baggie. Place baggie in fridge. check periodically for mold. Keep in fridge from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day.

    That about covers it. I have to ask: How new are you to CPing? Because there are some basic rules that MUST be followed:
    1. NO TAP WATER. Water with distilled or RO (Reverse Osmosis) water.
    2. Grow plants in a Sphagumn Moss/Sand or Perlite Mix. Regular potting soil WILL kill the plants.
    3. When VFTs try to flower, it's generally considered good thing to cut it off before it can form seeds, as this tends to weaken the plant. Seeding is recommened only for the experienced or the adventurous.
    4. NEVER allow the pot to Dry out. Water using the tray method (Place pot in a plastic tray and keep the tray about half full of distilled water).
    5. NEVER Fertilize. EVER.

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    Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I know all of that, it just the dormancy that kind of freaks me out. Im scared it would die. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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    I'm in Reading, PA, and the weather is coller than that of Virginia - but that much cooler. It would be too cold to leave a VFT outside for the winter unless it was mulched up. I bought a VFT last June. I placed it on an east facing window sill at the lab in which I work. It grew well for the duartion of the summer. As Summer turned to Fall, the photoperiod and temps lowered. Since the sill is not airtight, the sill temp also got colder. It was not unusual for it to be in the low 50's. In November I brought it home and placed in between the storm and inner kitchen window. The temps were still not cool enough, though, due to "greenhouse effect." So I moved it to the back, screened in porch, wher it was cooler, but still drawing heat from the back of the house. The there was the cold snap and the soil briefly froze. I then moved the plant to the refrigerator butter keeper, wher it stayed until February. Then I moved back to work, to a lab fridge, until it was mid-February. Then it was back to the cold, drafty window sill, wher it gradually warmed up and increased its light. And finally outside, where it rewarded me with 2 flower stalksw. Unfortunately, I moved it toa nother location outside, for the weekend - and it was reduced to nothing by a critter. Believe it or not, at no time did I have the plant covered by a lid or a baggie. And the key thing is to have its temps and light change gradually, according to the seasons.

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