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    I admit it. I put off putting my VFT into dormancy until mid-December. The dates I hear about is from Thanksgiving through Valentine's day; but I'm guessing some folks cheat.

    I'll try Valentine's day for when I break out my stuff from the cold room (It didn't really get that cold, it's been a mild winter), and back into the house. The plant sure looks like it went dormant, but I'll just have to find out if it worked out correctly.

    If not, I'll be going back to the store and buying another one.

    Please share your tales. Later!

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    My VFT's & Amercian pitcher plants will be gently woken up on Valentines Day.

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    I'd go for three months, so start again in mid March.
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    JimScott, You are too gentle with your plants! I am slappng mine awake, as soon as possible, booting them into their growing area, then threatening them to put out leaves! Let'em know whose Boss!
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    I am separating and repotting my VFTs now. Although the plants appear to be dormant, I notice that many are actively initiating new roots -- a sign that dormancy is already about to end in this mild coastal northern California climate.

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    My VFT has lived outside since I got it, just before Christmas. I wasn't planning on growing it indoors, although after looking into it I'm tempted. Anyways, I'd think that up here in Olympia, WA it'd still be too cold for coming out of dormancy, but I might be wrong. The daytime highs are approaching 60 and getting warmer. Will my VFT start active growth under these conditions? Would I see better performance by bringing it inside for the growing season? And should I worry if a few of the green leaves (summer growth I think - they have full-sized traps) have started to blacken where they're in contact with the potting medium?
    Hopefully that's not too far off topic :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Jan. 24 2005,8:52)]JimScott, You are too gentle with your plants! I am slappng mine awake, as soon as possible, booting them into their growing area, then threatening them to put out leaves! Let'em know whose Boss!
    But I read them a bedtime story from S. G. and encouraged them to get a good season's sleep! They may be bleary trapped! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    March/April

    They are currently under mulch and a few feet of snow...

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