Dormancy?

nepnewbie

Sprout
How long should a VFT stay dormant, and how cold does it need to be in order to keep the plant dormant? My first VFT has been in our unheated basement among the Sarracenias since early November, and it is springing back into growth, in spite of the cold, and low light setting. Is it too early to pot up separately and bring into our sun room?
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
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They don't need dormancy. If they're kept just above freezing in dim light, they'll stay in dormancy for 5 months or so.
 

Kevin1861

Plant
Mine have been in the fridge since mid-October and are growing! Slowly, mind you, but I guess you can’t keep a good VFT down.
 
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Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
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VFT's like cool temperatures. I find they have to be below 3C to stay in dormancy. The crisper section of the fridge may be warmer than that.
 

nepnewbie

Sprout
Thanks @Lloyd Gordon and @Kevin1861 , I decided to evict the plant from our not-quite-cold-enough basement, pot it separately, and set it in the sun room, to give it a chance to grow- since it already is trying to (snapped off a pale developing flower spike- to conserve its resources).
 

thebrain.161

Seedling
We had a cold spell here in Vancouver where temperatures reached -10-15C for a couple of days. I think the pots froze and most of my VFTs have turned mostly black. Do you think they'll bounce back? They look terrible right now. :(
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I have dozens of flytraps outside too. We had very similar weather in Victoria. I expect many to survive for sure! But, there will be some losses...

If you have an indoor setup, you could bring one inside and see what happens - they have had a long enough dormancy.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
I've had VFT's survive a solid freeze-rock hard soil medium, but they didn't like it.
 
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