Winter refrigerator dormancy

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  1. Vicwilkie86

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    Hello guys,

    Been a while since I posted on here. My last VFT i had passed away because I might have had the incorrect soil for it. Now I have two VFT's that I had outside for the summer and they were doing great. Problem is, I am in Ottawa, Canada. Now, the weather has been bouncing from high to low, below zero, so I have been keeping it in the house for the last week and a half. It is not as full as it was, as the traps are quicker to turn black. Also, new traps are not growing the same. It is not getting the same light and food as it would outdoors. I have been using distilled water at the bottom of the tray, as per when it was outside.

    I have a few questions for you experts: 1) Can I do the refrigerator method of dormancy? 2) and what is the best way 3) Can I lay it on the same sphagnum moss that it is sitting in at the moment, as I do not have any other good moss and 3) How do I keep the plant from getting mold inside the refrigerator and dying?

    Any advice would be great! Thanks guys!

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  2. Raymond

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    Yes of course you can do the refrigerator method! First you want to make sure your plant is sufficiently dormant. I don't know your temps right now but try to keep your plants close to a cold area (not freezing) until you see your VFT stop growing new leaves. You can keep it in its soil but of course like you said there may be mold. The best way I heard that is good is to remove mos the soil only keeping the soil that is attached to the roots then wrap it in damp paper towels and bag.

    If your not feeling like doing the refrigerator and window could do also.
     
  3. Vicwilkie86

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    I tried keeping one near a cold window once and the entire thing turned black and eventually I had no traps left and it all died. Are there any tips in order to do the window method? As of right now, the traps are getting brown more than when they are outside. Are there ways to keep it near a window, so that it can go into dormancy but have it not turn black so fast? Oh, and lastly (Thanks for the help), do I leave it in the dark to go dormant or can it be in light near window, as I have other plants in my windows that need the light?

    Thanks so much! I am new to the dormancy thing!
     
  4. Raymond

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    For the windowsill I place mine on a basement window, since it's pretty dark besides the very shaded light plus when winter hits, the temp don't go to freezing. I just say put it as close as possible to the window its self, mine is right by the glass and moisture is key. No light is fine. You get better spring growth with a dark and cold place (IMO) then a shaded cold place. Vfts turning slightly black on a few leaves is okay but if all the leaves are dying then there's is problem. At that point we need to look at the Condition of the plant and hope for the best.
     
  5. Lloyd Gordon

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    Probably would be ok to take the vft, clean the roots of soil medium, trim dead bits, place in an open baggy sticking out of loose, moist LFS and put in the crisper in the fridge until late March. Check every couple of weeks for mould and to keep moist but not wet. Maybe spray with No-Damp.
     
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    This may be helpful!
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