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Should I re-start Sarracenia's fridge dormancy, after it has been in room temperature for 5 hours?

Re-start fridge dormancy
Stop dormancy, lasted 5,5 weeks
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By Sarri
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Hello, my first ever question on this forum: I've kept my Sarracenia in the fridge now for 5,5 weeks, but I had to defrost my fridge-freezer today as it had iced up so badly over the last few months. This was probably the main reason for my Sarracenia (purpurea?) also accumulating frost in its roots and maybe in a third of the pitchers as well in the last couple of weeks. It's a shame I didn't take a photo of the frosted Sarracenia.

Prior to putting it in the fridge, I cleaned the roots thoroughly of soil, and wrapped them in some cleaned up, moist Finnish sphagnum moss, and put the whole thing in a sealed ziplock bag in the fridge.

The thing is, the defrosting has now interrupted the Sarracenia's dormancy (and made it thaw, which is a good thing). My question is: is it worth putting the Sarracenia back in the fridge again, after it has spent 5 hours in room temperature? Or is it better to keep it in room temperature from now on? I've understood that dormancy should last at least for 6 weeks - mine has lasted very close to that (5,5 weeks), but not quite.
In July
In July
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Today, after thawing
Today, after thawing
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By TrapsAndDews
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I have never had a sarracenia, but I don't think that is a purpurea (correct me if I'm wrong). Here's a picture of a purpurea I found online:
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I don't really think 5 hours of room temperature affects plants' dormancy.
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By ChefDean
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Not a purpurea, and your plant is still in its dormancy.
Check for mold, put it back in the fridge, and take it out when it better suits the plant to wake up.
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By DesertPat
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It'll be fine to continue it's dormancy. And speaking as an HVAC technician, not that its my business...check that your refrigerator door gasket is sealing all the way around, they shouldn't ice up rapidly ever unless something is wrong.

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By steve booth
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As already mentioned, 5 hours out of the fridge will do nothing to interrupt dormancy, consider the temperature swings in the wild, temperatures are rarely constant and often have swings upwards and downwards. You would be better keeping it dormant till spring, whenever that happens in your part of the world, mine stay dormant for 4-5 months .
Your plant is a leucophylla hybrid (nice plant by the way)of some sort, but wont like freezing roots so avoid that if at all possible.
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By Sarri
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And thanks so much to everyone else who commented, the Sarracenia went back to fridge, which seems to be slowly but surely starting to freeze up again, so will consult a technician about the fridge gasket (thanks DesertPat for the tip).
By cnrose
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While temperature is a factor in dormancy, a bigger contributor is photoperiod - so as long as sarracenia don't get too many hours of light during the winter, they won't be tempted to wake from dormancy.
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