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#1 japetus

 
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 07:45 AM

Would it be a good idea to bring inside my VFTs for a month or so at this time in order to break their dormancy and give them an earlier start?
Are three months of dormancy enough?

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 15:01 PM

I think 3 months is good enough, as long as you can provide warmth and sun. Where VFTs grow naturally, which is in the Carolinas in the US, they

get about 3 months of dormancy.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 16:28 PM

In your climate I don't see the point. Shouldn't they just be outside permanently in a couple of weeks?

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 19:06 PM

In your climate I don't see the point. Shouldn't they just be outside permanently in a couple of weeks?


Correct. It's just that down here March traditionally offers some sudden and severe colds that usually set back the development of plants that have awaken and started to grow..
March is notorious for the destruction of the crops on trees that have early flowering.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 19:43 PM

Correct. It's just that down here March traditionally offers some sudden and severe colds that usually set back the development of plants that have awaken and started to grow..
March is notorious for the destruction of the crops on trees that have early flowering.


I see what you're saying, here in Chicago its the same, but VFTs are quite durable, but if it gets really cold, my

advice is for you to take them inside the house until weather becomes nice again. I actually have my VFTs outdoors

year round(covered in thick layers of straw in winter). Good luck

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 16:45 PM

Correct. It's just that down here March traditionally offers some sudden and severe colds that usually set back the development of plants that have awaken and started to grow..
March is notorious for the destruction of the crops on trees that have early flowering.



Ive looked at the average temps in greece and even your mid winter, temps are no problem for VFT. Cant speak for your local plants but sudden spring time drops in a greece spring is nothing to worry about. In in UK and at the moment its sunny in the day with temps of about 10C and night time its dropping to about 0C and all my VFTs are waking up and putting out new growth some even have flower stalks already.