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    I submerged my plant for 3 days in Early march to get rid of mites. Worked just fine.
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    Perhaps water temperature has an effect. Warm water in the sun is probably fine, but wouldn't cold water cause problems? I know that the peat of my VFTs becomes very warm during the growing season in the sun.
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    My plants all spent the winter in the unheated basement, usually totally submerged. The temps were just above freezing and occasionally below.
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    Well keeping the plants underwater over winter would be a good buffer against the cold as at minimum the plants would be no colder than 32*F unless all the water either froze or you had salt or some other mineral dissolved into the water to lower the freezing point. My VFTs spent a month submerged underwater while I was away at college and we had torrential down pours while my plants were outside and they seemed no worse for the wear. I wonder if VFT's that have been submerged in their natural habitats have ever caught fish?

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    To answer the question are they completely submerged.

    Not continuously, then I would have to call it "Growing VFT aquatically", as it is they are just "Semi-aquatic" defined as the water table is generally kept at the soil surface -- most times I water, I water enough to submerge even the leaves, but this usually dries off in less than a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (ALLOSAURZ @ July 27 2004,1:02)]Well keeping the plants underwater over winter would be a good buffer against the cold as at minimum the plants would be no colder than 32*F unless all the water either froze or you had salt or some other mineral dissolved into the water to lower the freezing point. My VFTs spent a month submerged underwater while I was away at college and we had torrential down pours while my plants were outside and they seemed no worse for the wear. I wonder if VFT's that have been submerged in their natural habitats have ever caught fish?
    Due to the fact that VFT's need pretty much distilled water, not likely. I know that on the East Coast of the US a few species of sunfish(Enneacanthus. gloriosus, E. obesus, E. chaetodon) sometimes live in blackwater streams with PH of less than 4, I doubt they occur alongside of Cps...or VFT's.
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