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    Quote Originally Posted by requiemsong View Post
    AAlso, when watching me others go into dormancy, am I expecting to watch the entire lot die off? And, do I water less, or leave them sitting in their trays.
    VFts and Sarrs wont die down completely..some leaves will stay greenish all winter, others will turn brownish..they dont look very good all winter! basically a bit sad and worn-looking..but no, the leaves shouldnt die away completely. then in the spring, some of the leaves that remained green through the winter will help give the plants a photosynthesis boost while new leaves/pitchers push up from the rhizome..then you can cut away old leaves/pitchers/traps that are clearly dead and brown..

    if your plants leaves turn completely brown/black in the winter, the plant is probably dead!
    but thats unlikely in your climate..you shouldnt have enough prolonged cold to kill these plants..
    (where I live, we can have temps of -20C to -5C for WEEKS at a time..sometimes months at a time..
    +2C is an unusual winter heatwave..)

    so yes, you should still see lots of green all winter..even though the plant isnt growing..

    in your climate, I would mulch your plants in the winter..cover them with a layer of leaves, maybe 6" thick, to protect from frost, wind, and unusually cold snaps.
    (its ok if sarr pitchers poke out the top, you are protecting the rhizome more than the leaves) then uncover them in early spring..

    if the pots are small, like 4" diameter pots, you should leave them in the water trays..just so they dont dry out quickly..
    if the pots are larger, like 12" diameter, you could probably take them out of the water trays and just pour some water on every few weeks or so..they should stay wet enough..although leaving them in water trays is safer, in case you forget to water..

    personally I like my plants to be a bit drier in the winter..not soaking wet, but still damp..
    but I wrap my pots in plastic bags all winter, which you wouldnt need to do..
    I havent actually ever overwintered plants outdoors..(because I cant)
    so I dont really know how people in warmer climes overwinter plants in pots with water trays..
    someone else will have to chime in with ideas for that..

    You are going into Autumn right now right?
    My plants are coming out of dormancy TODAY!! woo!
    I will update the page soon:

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    Yeah, we are just about at the end of summer. The mornings are much brisker than they have been. Normally, in summer, I wake up at 7, go out to water and it's already about 35 degrees Celsius. But not there is a slight chill to it. Winter comes on slowly here, then rushes down like a tempest. We have very, very, very wet winters. Most of the time it will rain daily for the whole season, like last year. I think I might have to put some protection up for the plants, or just move them to a position in the shade house where they wont get too wet. In many ways, the rain is good as if I put out enough sheeting and drip trays, I can collect enough rain water to last me through the entire summer. I normally go through a fair bit because I use it on my orchids as well. Speaking of the heat, I really should post up some pictures of my cactus and succulent collection in the respected forum, just to show some the the people that live in cooler climates, the difference in growth when living in a climate like mine. Sorry if I sound like too much of a noob, but the whole CPs thing is still new to me. Orchids and cacti I have been growing for a few years. CPs have always been my favourite, but I had avoided them due to a lack of available information regarding my climate. Long story story short, I now have a fair few... lol. I think everything is going good though and this morning, I might have found myself a source of peat-moss. Though it's not sphagnum peat, it has to be better than coco-peat, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by requiemsong View Post
    I might have found myself a source of peat-moss. Though it's not sphagnum peat, it has to be better than coco-peat, right?
    Maybe not. Peat refers to any partially decayed vegetable matter so it could be from pine needles, sedge grasses or whatever.

    Peat Moss or Moss Peat usually, but not always, refers to peat from Sphagnum moss. So even if the bag says Peat Moss/Moss Peat you should check to see if it is unadulterated Sphagnum (no additives or fertilizers).

    Sphagnum peat moss is ideal because it can hold 20 times it's weight in water, is slightly acid and decomposes (releases nutrients) very slowly. It is this last two properties that are probably the most important when growing Carnivorous Plants.
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    *sigh* Again, I really do have to thank you guys for being so patient with me. I ask heaps of questions and stress out a great deal. It's funny really, I mean most people expect writers and academics to be calm, patient people...

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    LOL! You shoulda seen my original newbie questions! I'm sure I've exasperated a few of the hobbyists - and still do! Hey, it's an educational process.

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