So while I was at Lowes a few months back, I noticed some Deathcubes on sale. 50% off. And I'm a sucker for hard luck cases. These were the "have some peat, have some plants in ziplock bags that are 'dormant', good luck" type that starting appearing in stores here a few years back.
So needing some LFS (they sell a good brand there that I've seen on several sites) I picked them up, put them all into a glazed bog pot with nothing but LFS (and a bit of peat from the deathcubes that sunk mostly to the bottom), and plopped them on the porch. I got a rather healthy-ish looking VFT, and 2 of the VFT+Sarracenia Purpurea bundles.
You can see the "Dormant" VFT in the photo -- they're the gnarled, mostly dead bulbs in the upper part of the container. They haven't done squat at all, and I think they won't make it through the winter. The other three are actually the healthy VFT I got - when I was washing the peat off to place these bad boys in the fridge for the winter, I discovered there's 3 -- perhaps 4 or 5, the one on the far right is certainly big -- VFT plants. They naturally separated, I didn't have to do anything other than clip off a bit of black plant matter.
In addition, the S. Purpurpea roots are really healthy looking.
So I have a good feeling. I gave them all a quick spritz of a neem-oil based anti-fungus / pest spray (Garden Safe brand Fungicide 3 in the green spray bottle) and plopped them in a Pyrex container I bought especially for them.
Any obvious problems here? The container gets some condensation on the inner lid when I open it up, to give a hint at the water content. The LFS is damp enough that I can squeeze out a bit of water, but not without a bit of effort. The plants are laying directly on top of it, I am not burying the roots in between photos or anything. Should I be? I was following this guide to the fridge method.
Even with the fungucide, I've had to trim a bit of dead (and fuzzy) matter off the tips of the Sarracenia plants. I suspect I'll have to keep doing that as winter progresses - I plan on putting them back out sometime in early March, when things are above freezing at night again.
Ah, also -- When I check (weekly) I flip the plants over, so the roots aren't constantly "up high" like that. I wish there wasn't so much of a "bulb" of roots / peat under the purps, that would make getting those roots in the LFS a bit easier. At the same time, I was kinda worried about "popping" what appears to be a peat clod?