Your Nepenthes should be fine even though you pulled that leaf out. Personally I would leave the half-dried pitchers on the plant until they turn almost completely brown because maybe the plant could still use them to photosynthesize, although I'm not sure if Nepenthes actually photosynthesizes from the pitchers.
I'm not sure about the Drosera capensis. If the leaves are normal otherwise and there is dew I'd assume there is no problem.
Ok thanks everyone I think that pretty much covers the questions I had.
I do have a few questions about winter dormancy though. Im looking into orering a few sarracenia. Im gonna do my best to wait out most of the winter but Ill admit I do lack patience when it comes to some things. I can patiently wait a year for a plant to recover from shipping or transplant shock, but holding off on ordering one im interested in can be a different story haha.
So I was initially thinking that I could maybe stick whatever I ordered in the fridge but that doesnt look like a possibility. No room. And theres some concern about the plants being in with food.
So for most Sarrs what temp range do they have to stay in to remain in dormancy. Our garage has a window that gets some southeastern sunlight. However, the house leaks some heat into the garage so it probably wont drop below 40 even on the colder winter days. Im not sure what the warmer days will get up to.
It seems the garage may get up to around 60 in warmer temps.
Do you know what species of Sarracenia you will be getting? I would say that they would be fine in your garage, as long as you make sure that their soil doesn't dry out. Another option might be to grow them outside all year, depending on where you live.
I'm not sure yet. I'd like to get a few different species and I'm kind of assuming some won't be tolerant of the winter here. I live in southern CT right along the shore of Long Island sound. Borderline zone 6 and 7. We tend to get some pretty good snowfalls and prolonged temps below freezing.
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I think my concerns with the garage would be lighting and the temp coming up too high and the plant coming out of dormancy early. My lighting concern is that while the window does face mostly south it's light does get blocked by the house next door for a good chunk of the day.
EDIT: Ok just had a thought, lighting may not be so much of a concern. I think I have an extra 8.5" brooder lamp sitting around somewhere. I could probably find a place to mount it near the window and slap a 23w 6500k bulb in there and run it for a few hours in the morning when the sun gets blocked the most, or near sunset for some added lighting time.
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S. pupurea is native to the North Eastern US, so you could grow that outside, though you might have problems with other species. I'm not sure about the temps, but I would think that 40-50 (ish) would be enough to keep them in dormancy. Sarracenia need a shorter photoperiod during dormancy, so using an extra light may be unnecessary. Do you approx. the amount of sunlight the windowsill gets per day?
I'll try to monitor the light tomorrow. So if the temp went up to 60 that would be a bad thing? There's a chance it may not but we did have an unusually warm day this past Sunday and the garage thermometer read 59F.
New questions. I'm reconsidering the fridge method. If I receive a plant that is in dormancy, but it has some sort of growth or brown pitcher or whatever (no idea since I've never received a dormant plant before) is it still ok to just cut off whatever is there, bag it, and toss it in the fridge? If I receive a plant bare root, should I pot it before putting it in the fridge or are there other steps I should take?
I think I'm all set with the Sarr's and dormancy concerns now. I have some concerns about my Nep though. I noticed the base of the stem where the leaf was torn off appears to be even more brown now. I'm going to include a picture because its concerning me. There is a section of the stem that is brown almost all the way around. Sorry if the pics aren't so great. I just got my first DSLR and am still trying to learn how to use it properly.
I have also noticed that there is what looks like an offshoot from the Nep growing up next to it. There's a separate stem with a few leaves and the beginnings of a pitcher on it. Should I remove and repot this?:
A leuco by any other name would still be as gluttonous.
Concerning the Sarrs and their dormancy: those temps and the natural lighting should be fine. I have kept my plants in an unheated pop-tent greenhouse for the past two years. In that the temps have gotten as high as 75 degrees through the day but usually dipped down to forty or below all winter. As long as your temps drop sometime though the day it should be fine.
Specifically regarding lighting: a window will be fine with no supplemental lighting. Some might argue that more light will equal more stored energy and thus greater spring growth, but I personally think this effect will be minimal as the green tissue browns and the temps drop thus slowing photosynthesis.
You can cut all of the brown stuff off when you receive the plants. I always do to help avoid fungal infection and to give bugs fewer spaces to hide.
In summary, these plants are exceptionally hardy and it is hard to mess them up. Upon receiving a plant, I would recommend cutting off dead tissue, potting in a suitable mix, keeping it moist by either setting it in a very shallow amount of water (1/4") or top watering when necessary, and placing it in your garage window. Should be basically bullet proof, especially for indestructible Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea.
Oh, and the Nep: I know far less about them, but do have some experience. I would leave it alone regarding the basal shoot, and I believe the brown is nothing to worry about as long as it is still growing well at the end of the stem.