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    Mini bog for zone 5

    I'm thinking of getting a mini bog setup with some temperate species since I have a S. purpurea currently residing in a terrarium already. So I plan on moving that in there as well as some North American dews. So far it seems as if rotundifolia and filiformis are good candidates and I've seen conflicting info on whether intermedia would work. Also, would the tracyi subspecies of filiformis work or would I want just the typical form? I can't find specifics on its cold tolerance.

    I'm specifically going to be overwintering them in the UP of Michigan. Supposedly zone 5 since winters are a bit more mild in terms of temp (reaches below 0F maybe once or twice a season) than some of the surrounding southern areas but we usually get a lot more snow (200+").

    Any ideas on what would and wouldn't work? General pointers are always appreciated as well!

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    I think that you'd be singularly well suited to grow D. linearis as part of your bog.
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    I would strongly consider mulching the bog for the winter with pine needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokken View Post
    I think that you'd be singularly well suited to grow D. linearis as part of your bog.
    Hmmm, wonder why that name didn't show up in my searches. Similarly, I wonder if D. anglica would work. Seems to be distributed right around where I am anyways.

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    I would strongly consider mulching the bog for the winter with pine needles.
    Even for these temperate plants? Not that I wouldn't if it would mean the difference between death and returning from dormancy but I thought that the point of these species was they didn't need mulching. I must be confused lol.

    Do I need commercially sold pine needle mulch or could I even just use those that fall in my yard?

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    With D. linearis... be careful. It's slow growing, and needs very long winters - in which, of course, it has the tendency to rot. Go figure.
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    Long winters aren't a problem here, although, how would I go about stopping the rot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpappy789 View Post
    Long winters aren't a problem here, although, how would I go about stopping the rot?
    I wouldn't really know. The 2 specimens I had rotted away during dormancy.

    However, there are a few knowledgeable growers on the CPUK forum who grow this plant with a fair amount of success, you may want to ask on there.
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    Hmm, I will try but in the end I may just skip that one.

    So far I have:

    -S. purpurea
    -D. rotundifolia
    -D. filiformis
    -D. anglica
    -D. linearis (?)

    Any tweaking I should do? I'm having doubts about the filiformis doing well since it is found mainly out east. Would it survive with mulching? That goes for all of them, really.

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