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    Lightbulb overwinter bog garden

    What can you grow in a zone 5-6 outdoor bog garden? I grow almost all Sarracenia species and some hybrids outside and Venus flytraps. Icurrently use pine boughs for protection. Has any one else used a synthetic material and ant thoughts about adding Darlingtonia , Utrics or Heliamphora?
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    Darlingtonia and the utrics would be fine. Heliaphora are tropical and would die during the winter.

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    Sarracenia purpurea would do fine, since its the only Sarracenia adapted to the northern latitudes, found naturally into Canada.

    All the other Sarrs and VFTs are iffy..
    some people *have* successfully overwintered them in northern bogs..
    larger bogs, in the ground, with heavy insulation..
    so it can be done..but its still a gamble..
    if its a particularly harsh and cold winter, they could all still die.

    I intend to try it someyear soon..

    I would build the bog, stock it mostly with species you know will do fine, then also plant just a few of the *iffy* species..see if they survive..if they do, try a few more the next year..

    but I wouldnt go large-scale with VFTs or "southern" Sarrs, until you test it for a winter or two or three..

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    Any luck with everything coming back after the winter?

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    Zone 5, contains D.filiformis,intermedia,rotundifolia, U.sublata, S.flava ornata, purpurea, leucophylla, dixie lace, and dana's delight. VFT B52 and akai ryu. I mulch it in the winter with about a foot of dead leaves.

    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    @Exo: Do you still cover it with burlap on top of the dead leaf layer?
    Is it true that too much of a cover layer can be fatal to the plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    @Exo: Do you still cover it with burlap on top of the dead leaf layer?
    Is it true that too much of a cover layer can be fatal to the plants?
    Yeah, I use a few sheets of burlap staked to the ground to keep the leaves from blowing away. As far as covering it too much, yes, too much mulch will smother the plants and encourage decay underneath. this is less likely with straw, or pine needles, but very likely with dead leaves. I find that about a foot of leaves seems to offer enough protection and the decay underneath is minimized
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    so.. you threw me for a loop there.
    Having a thicker layer of leaves and a burlap cover prevents decay?
    Thought too much cover causes decay?
    In this case, too much top cover is never too much? More the better?

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