Krisshawnee wrote:I still lost them
How did you lose the plants? Did they dry up? Did they turn black and rot? White or gray mold? Spindly leaves and not enough food reserve left in the rhizome? No roots, or rotten roots?
Krisshawnee wrote:Everything I read suggested removing them from their pots and putting them in a cool dark place
Although Venus Flytraps can many times survive such treatment, especially if a fungicide is used, it is far from ideal and there are usually better options available. Unfortunately there is a lot of bad advice about Venus Flytraps on the Internet. Fortunately, you have found this place (the FlytrapCare Forum) where there is lots and lots of good
advice and help.
It is no better for Venus Flytraps to be removed from their pots for dormancy than it would be for them to be dug from the ground in their natural habitat. Conditions for dormancy: cool? yes, but not freezing; dark? no, because they are still active and growing (just not as much as during the summer) and they still use sunlight to make food for themselves through photosynthesis; wrapping them up or putting them in an enclosed space to keep them damp? No, generally not a good idea, as enclosed spaces and moisture tend to encourage fungal growth, and fungi that prefer cool and damp conditions are frequently more destructive than those that prefer warm and moist conditions.
It might have been better to simply place your potted Venus Flytrap on a cold windowsill inside your house, where it received sunlight but was also cooled by the cold air falling from the inside surface of the window during cold weather, and trying not to keep it too wet, instead allowing it to dry until just moist before watering thoroughly again and letting it dry out (mostly) again.
At any rate, welcome to the Forum! Lots of people in many places on Earth, of all experience levels, are here to help, comment and share experiences.