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    I brought in my pitcher plant indoors as the temperature is starting to fall below freezing. Are there any tips to care for it?
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    There are as many techniques as there are growers in how to take care of plants during dormancy. Personally I'm using a cold frame to protect my plants from the wind mainly. The main essential things is that they need to have a COLD dormancy. I learned my lesson the first time round when I used my Mom's classroom as a dormancy location (I'll let you guess how many died: it starts with 1 and ends with 00%). Other than that some light is helpful as some plants produce winter leaves, and a little water just to keep them moist.
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    It should probably stay outdoors, unless you're dipping into subzero Farenheit temperatures. Outside, you can cover the soil with some sheets of translucent plastic, then pile some mulch around the base of the plant, and wrap the whole thing in another sheet of plastic. Keep the base of the pot in a shallow tray of water (deep enough to keep it wet, but not very high up on the pot; less than 1" is adequate for a 7"-8" soil level.) The tray should be covered with plastic as well, in order to prevent drafts around the pot.
    Covering the whole arrangement like this helps keep the plant insulated against severe temperature changes, and prevents dehydration, which is the real danger that freezing temperatures present to temperate CPs. Pitcher plants come from parts of the country that see occasional snows and freezes, and they can handle remarkably low temperatures so long as they don't dry out. Remember that pitchers are living things, so they put off a little heat on their own just by metabolizing - if they can hold on to that heat they do fine. Sarracenia NW has a great care sheet for winterizing temperate CPs in cold regions - it's something you should take a look at.
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    I live in the Buffalo, NY area. My approach has been to tote my buckets of minibogs to the cold attic, where temps will be in the 30's & 40's for the winter, drawing some heat from our apartment. I just place them at a window sill and make sure they don't dry out. By late winter, they naturally have come out of dormancy, on their own.

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    As was stated there are many was that people do this.

    Myself when temps hit freezing for a few days in a row the outdoor plants come inside to my unheated garage. The temp stays in the low 50's. I just water them to keep the soil just damp. No light in the garage. When temps get warmer and I notice that the plants are starting to grow, but still too cold to take them back outside yet. I place 4' fluorescent lights over them.


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    i main rule PROTECT FROM THE WIND! ive alredy lost a sarr this winter because i letf them in the wind.
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    i have a different problem. i just bought sarracenia purpurea and dionea (VFT). presumably they are just from greenhose, so they are not sleepy at all luckilly it's very warm weather despite it's a midle of december. in a daytime it's +12 C ant in nighttime +6C. however i live in hardiness zone 4, so winters here are realy cold. oh, yes, i didn't mentioned, i keep both of them outside on a windowstill. please, i really need some advice...

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    Welcome to the forums Kate. Not sure what to tell you with regards to your temperature zone - you should look at the link in my post above for instructions on keeping plants in cold zones. If you have them on a windowsill, you could perhaps tent the outside of the sill with plastic sheeting, as a kind of makeshift greenhouse. It wouldn't necessarily be very attractive, but the radiant heat from your window would help keep the air around the plants from getting too cold and the plastic would protect them from the wind.
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