putting a vft into dormancy?
In the past, I simply put my vfts in a chilly room [temps in the 50's most of the winter] & that seemed to work quite well. Then a couple of summers ago, squirrels ate them while the vfts were summering outside. This past summer I finally got around to getting a new one. However, I also moved and no longer will have a chilly room in which to overwinter them. When I first tried vfts years ago I tried putting them in the fridge as I had heard mentioned by some as the way to go but the bulbs rotted away [had them in barely moist peat]. So while I am leary of trying the fridge again I see little choice. My main questions are as follows:
Presently my vft is out on the balconey. We're starting to get some chilly nights -- temps in the 40's F. Realistically, temps will probably warm up a little bit again until some time in October.
Should I start withholding water now to try to force the greenery to die off?
Should I leave the plant outside until we start getting hard frosts?