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Hey guys new member here!

So lately ive been getting in to the vivarium hobby.Doing lots of research.
What i have noticed that 99.999% of vivariums in general are consisted of tropical plants (shocker right).
Which makes sense because of the variety.And also because a vivarium makes a perfect habitat for most tropical plants that derive from rainforests.

As i student of biology i am somewhat familiar with how plants work in nature.But usually in artificial conditions its a different story sometimes.
What i know is that most temperate plants require a dormancy period, well require might not be the best word.More like they are used to a dormancy period.
Its ingraved in their genes.With herbaceous plants the surface part of the plant dies off in response to the cold weather.

Getting directly to the question.So what if you kept those same plants in stable warm conditions not giving them that indicator that its winter.
Would it work? Or would they just die off? Im interested in this because there is a lot of plants i would want to keep from my area.But not sure if this is possible.
I assumed because there wasn't really anyone keeping temperate plants in this way, that it is not possible.

Thats more or less it.Thanks!
 

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Hey guys new member here!

So lately ive been getting in to the vivarium hobby.Doing lots of research.
What i have noticed that 99.999% of vivariums in general are consisted of tropical plants (shocker right).
Which makes sense because of the variety.And also because a vivarium makes a perfect habitat for most tropical plants that derive from rainforests.

As i student of biology i am somewhat familiar with how plants work in nature.But usually in artificial conditions its a different story sometimes.
What i know is that most temperate plants require a dormancy period, well require might not be the best word.More like they are used to a dormancy period.
Its ingraved in their genes.With herbaceous plants the surface part of the plant dies off in response to the cold weather.

Getting directly to the question.So what if you kept those same plants in stable warm conditions not giving them that indicator that its winter.
Would it work? Or would they just die off? Im interested in this because there is a lot of plants i would want to keep from my area.But not sure if this is possible.
I assumed because there wasn't really anyone keeping temperate plants in this way, that it is not possible.

Thats more or less it.Thanks!
The answer sadly is, it depends. Some plants do great being kept warm year round (for example, many (all?) ferns). Other plants really need that dormancy period. Venus flytraps are temperate plants and do not do well without at least a few weeks reaching the 40s F.
 

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The answer sadly is, it depends. Some plants do great being kept warm year round (for example, many (all?) ferns). Other plants really need that dormancy period. Venus flytraps are temperate plants and do not do well without at least a few weeks reaching the 40s F.
I see.I expected as much.It just makes sense.

But why ferns though? I don't really see a reason why they would be so easy to acclimatize in contrast to other plants.

Glad you mentioned fly traps.I have a friend that keeps them, he says the same thing.
 

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I see.I expected as much.It just makes sense.

But why ferns though? I don't really see a reason why they would be so easy to acclimatize in contrast to other plants.

Glad you mentioned fly traps.I have a friend that keeps them, he says the same thing.
Ah, I have no idea about why ferns do so well despite many being temperate species. But they definitely do. I have collected a few plants from the wild (I live in a deciduous forest) and for the most part have found that they do very well being kept warm year round. I suspect (but do not actually know) that most plants can be happily kept warm year round.
 

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Ah, I have no idea about why ferns do so well despite many being temperate species. But they definitely do. I have collected a few plants from the wild (I live in a deciduous forest) and for the most part have found that they do very well being kept warm year round. I suspect (but do not actually know) that most plants can be happily kept warm year round.
By plants here, are you referring to ferns?
You kind of contradicted yourself there if you are generally talking about plants.

For whatever reason nobody is really keeping temperate plants in vivariums.
Logic would suggest why, but since in general im getting a lot of mixed info i don't know which is which.
Some people say they can be kept if you put them outside so they can go through their dormancy cycle.
Others say its impossible eighter way, and just a handfull say they can be kept with constant warmth.
 
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