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Thread: Help... again! vft terrarium dormancy in fl?

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    Florida winters are generally above freezing.. it does go below it a few days or so.. but thats when freeze warnings are issued. Temps lately have been as low as 50 and as high as 85 (like today). I could put it in my garage where there is very dim light and stable 70-ish to 50-ish temps? Thanx.

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    Pj,
    I wouldnt even put it in your garage,
    that might be too warm..
    I would put it outside in the open air, and getting sun would be fine..
    actually, I would pick a spot that gets LOT of direct sun and leave it there for the rest of its life..years and years..
    you WANT lots of direct sunlight..
    if the current leaves got sunburned this winter that wouldnt be a big deal, because new leaves will come out in the spring..

    dont even worry about bringing the plant indoors at all unless its going to fall below freezing..then just bring it in for the night and put it right back out in the morning..
    if the temp is 35 degrees or above its GOOD for it to be left outside!

    you have absolutely fantastic outdoor growing conditions..
    summer and winter..im jealous!

    you should grow VFT's and sarracenia outdoors 24/7 365 days a year! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    you are lucky, your winter dormancy problem is very easy to solve..
    re-pot the VFT, put the pot in a water tray, and get it outdoors..
    that will be MUCH MUCH MUCH better for the plant than leaving it in the terrarium..
    Scot

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    The reason I got my VFT in a terrarium is so I could enjoy it indoors.. "Pricilla" is sort of a pet. To repot her would be a bit difficult since I have no idea how to do it without harming her. I know I cant leave her in direct sunlight while shes in a terrarium, or can I?

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    well ok, its your plant, you can do what you like..
    but just remember, if you leave it in the terrarium long-term, without a dormancy, it WILL eventually die.
    not *might* die, but WILL die.
    probably within one to two years..
    no question..

    if you put it outside right now it will likely live for decades..
    (assuming nothing unusual hapopens!

    is this plant in a small terrarium by itself?
    if so, just reach in and grab the soil/peat/moss around the plant,
    lift the whole thing right out moss and all, and plop it all into a pot..
    it can be done in seconds without disturbing the roots at all..
    (or disturbing them very little anyway..)

    and yes, direct sunlight with a terrarium would be very bad..
    the direct sunlight itself is very good,
    but it would cause too much heat build-up in a terrarium, which would be bad.
    scot

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    Well then its settled... Pricilla is going into a clay pot outside on the porch lol Thanks for your help.

    Pj

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    Here's what I'm doing.

    I live in Colorado and the winters here can get brutally cold and snowy. My house has a back shed that is like an outdoor closet. I have set my terrarium on the floor, rigged my flourescent lighting to the power, and propped the door open a bit. The temps should drop in the terrarium but not at freezing because the heat is still available from my house. I have a slight problem with the humidity, but plan to buy a mister for that.

    I figure that if I can keep the conditions properly simulated, I should be OK doing this. The bummer is that I won't really enjoy them until I get them back in my house.

    I was thinking about making rainwater ice cubes and placing a pile on each corner of the terrarium, but I think this should work.

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    What part of Florida are you at? I'm in Central Florida (between Titusville and Mims in an area that is.. um.. unnamed. That's right, we live in nowhere, Florida), and it gets pretty crappin' cold at this time of year.. gonna be in the high 20's in Orlando on Tuesday morning. I leave my collection outside.. they're outside in their 5 1/2'x2 1/2'x2' rolling greenhouse all year round. When we get a freeze or a frost I roll them into the garage. Unless you live in, like, Miami or somethin', it should get cold enough for outdoor dormancy.
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    I live in Clearwater, on the west coast. It can get below freezing here, its rare but it can happen. If it gets too cold I bring her inside, otherwise shes outside all the day and night. I just make sure she has water. Shes doing good so far, and shes been out there a week or so. Thanx for everyones help on this.

    Pj

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