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    Yes, I am from Michigan also. My utility room isn't insulated very well, and it gets pretty cold in the winter. I think it gets too cold though. Maybe my basement would work. Where do you put your plants for the dormancy period?

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    Hey Jen, welcome to the forums. I like to use long fibered sphagnum (lfs) in my soil mixture as well. I really retains the water well, and carnivorous plants seem to like it. I run mine throught the blender to get it chopped up into pretty fine pieces, and then use that in the mixture. I like a 2:1:1 mixture of lfseat:sand. They all are very happy plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Good luck with yours.

    That's my concern too for this winter. I can't put it in our garage because it freezes in there too, and I don't think our basement gets cold enough. If you are going to use the fridge technique, how do you acclimate it slowly?

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    Well,
    I think I am going to take the weather temperature gauge from outside and put it in our cellar we have in the basement. It stays colder in there than in the rest of the basement. Do you know what the temperature should be for the dormancy period? I think around 35-40F. Maybe I'll start it in the basement since it is not as cold as the cellar. Then transfer it to the cellar.

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    You got the right temperature, just above freezing. You will find that there isn't a "correct recipe" for soil media, in most cases. Most of us do our own thing, often by what we learned from others or what we have already had success with or what we happen to have on hand. I have settled on mixing pool filter sand with Canadian peat and then topdress with the bagged LFS (long fiber sphagnum). It seems to work. As Tamlin stresses, it is important to wash our media thoroughly, to remove the impurities and help prevent undesirable algae and moss. Some people even "nuke" their media in the microwave.

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    i usually just add crap to the media untill it "looks" right. after awhile you develope an instinct about cps.

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