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    Hi,

    I'm new, and have recently purchased a vft. I have two questions actually. One, what % do I use of the sphagnum moss and perlite when I repot? And two, is spring water okay, or should I only used distilled or water by reverse osmosis?

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    I personally use a mixture of 50\25\25 of Peat\Sand\Perlite
    But a 50\50 mixture of Peat and Perlite will do great.
    For the spring water, I don't reccommend that since it might contain added salts, so just stick with R/O water or Distilled.
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    Jen,

    If you have not found it yet, I suggest reading the ICPS FAQ on VFTs at
    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2000.html

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    Stay away from spring water and stick with distilled or R/O treated. 50/50 peat/perlite will do fine.
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    thank you everybody for the info. Sorry, I did end up finding the info. I needed, but after I already posted of course. As I was reading about dormancy, it says that mid autumn is the best time to do this. I just got my plant yesterday at Meijers, and I would like to enjoy it for a while before I put it in the fridge. Any opinions from somone who knows would be great

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    The best way to successfully get the plants into and out of dormancy is to do it slowly. In nature, the daylength begins to shorten and the temperature drops slowly over several months. This allows the plant growth to slow while it begins storing materials in the rhizome in preparation for the winter. If you take an actively growing plant out of its cozy terrarium or sunny window sill and plunk it in the frig with no light, it will be quite a shock. Similarly, taking a plant out of the frig in the spring and putting itin a warm place or in bright sun may also cause shock. I suggest that you induce both dormancy and resumption of growth over several weeks to let the plant adjust to the changing conditions.

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    Hi Jen, I see from your profile you're a Michigander like me. That being the case you may not need or want to put your VFTs in the fridge. If you have an enclosed garage or porch you can place your VFT there for the winter. A north facing windowsill does great too. What kind of "cool or cold" areas do you have around your house?
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    i dont like perlite. i only use it when i have to. i plant my vft's in 2/1 sand/ peat because i like my soil a little drier. 50/50 sand/peat is perfect, too.

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