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Hello my name is Gabriel =)

I live in Puerto Rico and i have a dionaea which i have to put into hibernation because here no snow, it's always hot and i need to save my plant is my responsibility if i dont i would probably cry a lot.

Chris was very helpful. But i would like a second opinion.

*I've seen videos on youtube where they put the plant in the fridge, that would help?

Chris says: Some people use refrigerators, but I do not trust that method as refrigerators do not provide any light and can dry out anything left inside. Venus Flytraps need moisture and some light as well as air movement so that they have a more "natural" environment to work with. A good compromise is an ice chest with cold packs or frozen water bottles. I use the ice chest in winter and just place the entire pot inside with ice or cold packs around the pot all night. In daytime, I open the chest and replace the ice to keep the temperature low and just leave the ice chest open all day in a place with some indirect light for a few hours. This requires more work, but it has kept my one Venus Flytrap alive for over 7 years and it has by now been divided into over 30 separate plants (with some seeds thrown in for good measure). A good time to begin dormancy would be in October to November. Take the plant out of cold conditions after February and place it in progressively longer lit days each week until it is back in full sun conditions all day.

Me: Sounds like a plan !!

What do you think?

My concern is.... if i grab the plant where it usually lives in a warm place like a tropical, and put on ice the sudden change can kill her ? How i can slowly bring slowly to a climate change so the plant dont get a shock..i guess...

Should buy a thermometer?


Hi Gabriel,

I saw this question got sent to the question pool.  Did you ever get the help you needed with this?  If not, do a follow-up, and I'll see if I can help you out.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
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