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    I leave my traps in the pots during dormancy. I have had no trouble with fungus. Sure some may appear but just scrap it off with a spoon or something. I also leave the leaves on so it is easier on the plant coming out of dormancy. As for watering I water once every two weeks with the pot not sitting in water. That helps avoid rot during and after dormancy.
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    Do you have to acclimate them to the fridge too? Or can you just stick them in there when the time is right?
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    Now is the time to prepare them for dormancy. The photoperiod is getting shorter and the temps are starting to head down. By the time mid-November arrives, if the plants are outside, they are getting sleepy. Then, if you are planning to do the fridge, you move them in. You don't take a window sill plant that has been at 70 degrees and put in the fridge. It needs to be acclimated there. Both photoperiod and temperature have to be gradually reduced to where the fridge won't come as a shock to the plant.

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    So how do you acclimate a plant well to the fridge temperature? The window sill might be cooling down here a little bit soon, but that's still probably not enough to stick them in the fridge. Should I put them in there for 15 minutes or so and then gradually increase that time.........? What's the best way to do it? Thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Joel,
    can you put them outside 24/7 for the next month?
    thats really the best way to acclimate them to fridge dormancy..
    they go dormant naturally if they are left outdoors all summer and autumn..
    if left indoors..well, thats a problem..
    I wouldnt stick them in and out of the fridge every day,
    that would be going from room temp to fridge temp instantly..
    not good..

    IMO, VFTs should never be grown indoors at all if it can be avoided..
    can you put them outside?

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    I don't think I can really put them outside since they are in the dorms with me at college. I could open the window for a while and let them slowly adjust like that. But it might get a little chilly in here come November! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Another option would be for me to bring them home next weekend. I could surely put them outside there as long as I had something to give them somewhat of a wind block. It would probably be a shock to them to get put outside when they are used to it being fairly calm in the house. I suppose outside is always best, but I like having them indoors so I can admire them all day long [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Do you think opening the window would be good? Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    hmmm..I dont think keeping the window open would be an option!
    you *want* your plants to experience falling autumn temps, down through the 50's, 40's and even high 30's!
    I dont think you will want to experience all that along with your plants!

    if you can put them outside at home, that would be great!
    wind isnt a big deal..
    give them a bright spot, and make a wind break if you think its necessary..
    if they could get direct light in the morning or evening that would be good..
    but since they have been indoors all this time, they might burn..
    but I woldnt worry about that either..
    a little sunburn isnt a big deal, especially this time of year when growth is winding down anyway..
    do you have someone at home you trust with watering for the next month?
    and..if its gets TOO cold someone will have to know to bring them indoors for the night!
    a light frost wont hurt them, but if it drops into the mid-20's they should be brought inside..
    20's arent common in October, but it can happen..
    basically you need a trained babysitter for the month!
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    Thanks Scot! I will bring them home and put them outside. My mom is there now watering the ones I left there (unfortunately I am limited for space here), so I'm sure she could plant-sit for me until they can be put in the fridge. Thanks for the help.

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