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    ag! Dormancy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]
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    I'd say 50 degrees would be good enough a little lowers bet better though.
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    Asking a dormancy requiring plant to skip it is like pulling an all-nighter for a few days straight and then taking the exam.

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    the refrigrator is not any more "unnatural" than a windowsill! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    yes, VFTs dont live in refrigrators in the wild..but they dont live on windowsills either!

    IMO, the fridge is much better than a windowsill..
    because its the perfect temp, and its CONSTANT..
    I know for a fact that when my plants are in the fridge for 3 months, they are deeply dormant, getting a good, proper rest..at 35 degrees.
    on a windowsill, it might be really cold one day and 20 degrees warmer the next..and the plants wont be *truly* dormant..
    I still say 50 or 60 degrees is far too warm..
    at 50 degrees, a plant might "slow down" but it wont go truly dormant..
    there is no such such thing as "slightly dormant"..
    either a plant is truly dormant, or is still awake but just "growing slowly.."
    if you have a truly cold windowsill, in an unheated room, it *can* work fine..
    but you want the air around your plant to be in the high 30's or low 40's!!
    thats hard to get in a room where humans live..
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    I use the refrig dormancy. I stick them in around Mid-November and take them out around February. The part that kills the vft for me is transplanting. I use to kill vft's in dormancy because I would water to much after they are done. That would cause the vft to rot.
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    I know growers how keep VFTs at temps in the 50's and 60's for dormancy in Southern California. I keep them from high 30's to the 60's and possibly 70's here in Southern California. A lessened photoperiod is just as crucial as a lowering in temps. Your cool windowsill, if is actually cooler than normal growing season temps should be fine for your VFTs.
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    I have read that some uproot them and put them in the fridge like that, or even cut all the leaves off. But I was hoping it would be ok to just stick the pot in there as is. Would that be ok? Any advantages to cutting leaves off or doing it bareroot? Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Since November is rapidly approaching, and we are on the topic, a couple of questions...

    Will putting the plants in the fridge for 3 months kill the aphids and lice-looking bugs?

    How wet do you keep them when they are in their pots still and in the fridge?

    If you take them out of their pots do they survive better than if you don't?

    If they have essentially no light for 3 months (it's a garage fridge), will all the leaves die, leaving just a rhizome under the soil?

    I have some little plants, where the whole plant is less than 1" across, with the leaves laying flat. Do I treat these the same way as my large plants?

    Thanks,
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