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    Thanks 812. That's kind of you to say. The little pots are 4 1/2" across the top, and the big ones are about 9 inches. They're relatively deep, like 6" or so. I like to use deeper pots because it's easier to keep the water line beneath the bulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_A View Post
    I guess I could grow a VFT in there, then move it to my cold storage in my basement for dormancy, and then put it back in there for the growing season.
    Sorry, but thats no good either..because the plant has to be dormant BEFORE you put it in the "cold storage" (where ever that might be) and the plant wont go dormant in the terrarium..if the plant is not already dormant before you put it into cold storage, the shock will kill it..
    it needs to be outdoors for several months (as summer gradually turns into autumn) for the plant to "go dormant"..

    another quote from my webpage:

    My plants go into the fridge in the late fall. late October or early November.
    whenever the nighttime temps begin to seriously fall below freezing. (32F, zero C)
    They stay in the fridge all of November, December, January,
    and they usually come back out in Mid February..Valentines Day. 3 and 1/2 months dormancy.
    but..Mid-February is still the dead of winter here! still far too cold outside.
    So they sit indoors in front of a bright window to slowly come out of dormancy.
    then, by April or May, they can go back outside for the season..
    they remain outside ALL Summer, and then into Autumn..
    I keep them outdoors all through August, September and into October, as days and nights
    gradually fall into the 60's, 50's, 40's.. (15..10...5C)

    I wont even consider bringing them inside unless its going to fall below freezing
    or if there is a heavy frost forecast for overnight.
    This way, nature creates a natural dormancy for me!
    I dont have to do a thing about "making them go dormant"..
    they go dormant naturally through all of late summer and into autumn..
    then, by the time they are ready for the fridge,
    they are already fully "asleep" and are ready to continue that sleep in the fridge..

    Please note that the fridge does not cause or create the dormancy!
    it simply maintains the dormancy that was already started naturally by keeping the plants outdoors all season..the plants need to be already dormant before they go in the fridge.
    (this is handy..saves me from writing things out all the time!


    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    Sorry, but thats no good either..because the plant has to be dormant BEFORE you put it in the "cold storage" (where ever that might be) and the plant wont go dormant in the terrarium..if the plant is not already dormant before you put it into cold storage, the shock will kill it..
    Dang, I guess I will just have to find a place to grow them outdoors. Thanks for the help.

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