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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson16 View Post
    Thanks for all the info Scotty. I kinda did this to see if I could keep things like VFT and sarrs without much care. I just have a couple VFT and S. minor 'mix' out there. You think I should bring them inside like you did or let them wake up in spring? or would that be to late? Thanks again for your help!
    At this point, I would just leave them alone..
    if the winter killed them, they are dead already!
    if not, they will probably survive a few more weeks until spring..

    maybe the greenhouse provided enough protection!
    it will be interesting to see..
    perhaps the winter sun warmed it up inside the greenhouse every day to make a difference.

    how big is the greenhouse?
    do you keep a thermometer in it during the winter?
    have you ever noticed if its noticably warmer inside the greenhouse during the winter?

    If the sun was out every day in the winter, it would probably warm up nicely and do a good job of winter protection..but as you know, we seldom actually see the sun most days in the winter..

    by now, I would just leave them..you will have some valuable "dormancy data" either way.
    it will let you know if you want to try the greenhouse again next winter or not.
    this was a pretty typical winter..quite cold.

    Scot

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    Now that I think of it, it has been alittle warmer in there than outside. My GH is 6'x9' heres the link to it http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=109593.

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    February 17, 2008

    Day 3.


    I went out to the shed and got the green chicken wire covers for the minibogs.

    Up until last spring, the CDs kept birds away..but last Spring I encountered one robin who refused to be scared away..I suspect she was gathering materials for a new nest.
    she picked out a lot of the spagnum every day, ripping out plants in the process..
    so I had "take it up a notch" and devise some new protection.

    So I went to Home Depot and found "green chicken wire"..its regular chicken wire, but coated in a green plastic or vinyl..I cut the wire into circular shapes, and pin them down.

    Im not thrilled with the look..I would prefer not to use the wire at all..but the protection of the plants supercedes aesthetics.

    Soon the plants grow up through the wire, and by mid-summer you hardly notice it.







    I also installed the drain hoses..the drains are located about 3" down from the surface.
    so the bogs stay saturated with water 3" from the top..
    I didnt devise any method for checking the water level, because I dont consider it terribly
    important...I simply add water whenever I feel its needed...every couple days or so.
    maybe every day during summer heat waves.
    I just fill the pots until water drains out the tubing.

    I have created a rain water collection system...I will write more about that when it comes time to set it back up in the spring...
    For now im just using store-bought bottles of distilled water.

    Scot

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    I just updated the webpage too:

    http://gold.mylargescale.com/Scottychaos/CP/page5.html

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    WoW! thanks for this scot. Always enjoyed your full detailed accounts.

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    Very nice presentation Scott! My plants are still in the cellar stairs as well until I can get them out and properly get them out of dormancy, its just too darned early for them back in Alexandria Bay! I'm in Cobleskill until May so they'll sit around until about beginning of april.

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    Update!

    March 1, 2008
    2 weeks into the season.

    Not a lot happening so far..but thats to be expected.
    It takes a week or two for the plants to even realize spring has arrived.

    Although the VFTs are putting out new growth already,
    and one Sarr is putting up a flower stalk!

    I can also tell by now that all plants survived dormancy this year..
    no fatalities. (which is normal too..plants rarely die with a dormancy of 35-40 degrees.)

    Here are some new pics:




    Thats the D. binata clump..which seriously needs to be repotted.
    I will do that this spring.







    Unfortunately I have no idea what variety of Sarracenia is sending up that flower stalk.
    I can readily ID all my Sarrs when they are in the middle of the growing season..
    I know what kinds of Sarrs I have..
    but in this state, with just cut stumps, I cant tell them apart!

    The only ones I know right now are the big S. 'Leah Wilkerson' clump,
    because I just know what that one looks like, it stands out.
    And the S. rubra ssp. alabamensis AL-02
    (the flower is neither of those)

    I always say I want to give them some kind of ID tags..
    maybe I will try that this year..

    Thats it for now..I will update again in 2 weeks.
    still no real signs of spring outside..

    Scot

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    Scotty I always love your photos! Very beautiful plants. I also notice that you seem to grow only NA CPs ...just an observation. I would love to have a bog like yours and you have given me several ideas when i get my own house and family etc. Btw if you look on the right and to the "north" of the flower you can see a tiny pitcer forming Cant wait for the update mate!
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