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    Hey guys, just a quick question. I have a few Dionaea, Sarracenia and one cape sundew all growing outside. Where I live, our summers are hot and our winters very cold. (no frost though). Would it be alright for me to leave them outside, thus gaining a natural type of dormancy? Also, how much should I water them during this time? Do I leave them in there trays, or not?

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    Drosera Capensis grows year round without a dormancy and is basically a tropical plant. They can survive light front and return from their roots later. However, I'm sure the Drosera Capensis would do better to bring it indoors during the winter and keep the Venus Fly Trap and pitcher plant outside.
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    Where do you live??

    I dont think its possible to have "very cold" and "no frost" at the same time!
    "very cold" is very relative!

    if you dont get frost..you arent really very cold..

    so whats your city/state? native climate has a HUGE bearing on what you can and cant overwinter outdoors..

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    West Australia. Summers get up to 40 degrees Celsius, and winters dip to 0 - -1. If we do get frost, it is gone by first light, or very early morning. I've taken note of the cape sundew thing. I think I might bring it in and put it in a baby terrarium by itself and let it run wild.

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    Western Australia covers a lot of territory. However if you're near the coast anywhere from Esperance to Perth then you are in prime Carnivorous Plant territory. This is the range of many species of tuberous and pygmy Drosera. Cephalotus will be found around Albany.

    You should be able to grow most temperate carmivorous plants outdoors year round. Tropical and semi-tropical plants will require some sort of protection when the temperatures drop below 7C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by requiemsong View Post
    West Australia. Summers get up to 40 degrees Celsius, and winters dip to 0 - -1. If we do get frost, it is gone by first light, or very early morning. I've taken note of the cape sundew thing. I think I might bring it in and put it in a baby terrarium by itself and let it run wild.
    If zero C is about the lowest you go, you are WARM!
    very warm winters..("warm" being relative of course!)
    thats pretty much ideal weather for overwintering VFTs and Sarrs outdoors..
    very similar to the south-east USA native range for these plants..
    no fridge needed for you!

    The D. capensis should be brought in for the winter, it doesnt need a domancy, but for Dionaea and Sarracenia you are golden to leave them outdoors 24/7/365..

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    Cheerz, I'll just leave them then. I'm in Mandurah, the south-west. It's about 450km from Albany. The sundews start growing down here once you get past Bunbury and you can see some of them growing around serpentine. I have gone on a few outings, just to have a look. Nice to see growing and I hate to think of people coming along and popping them out of the ground.

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    Also, now that you have me thinking, apart from Neps, Cape sundews and the APP, are there any other CPs that don't experience any form of dormancy? Also, 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.

    Lastly. Alright, so 0 might be a warm winter, but don't forget down here in Australia, where all born sun-burnt :P

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