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    Sarracenia --- outside

    Hello,

    It is currently 66F outside, with about 45F for tonights temps. The temps will raise till mid 70's over this weekend, then drop down to mid-60's with no 50's in sight. Meaning, temps will be in the mid-high 40's to low 50's at night.

    Can my Sarracenia be outside? There shouldn't be ANY frost (if there is, I'll bring them inside until it's over, as I have a weather thing). Will they go dormant if I do? I just am running out of room on my windowsill, so I think bringing them outside is fine.

    I just received a S. 'Bugscoop' from Victoria here (nice plant!) and I have run out of space on the only sunny windowsill in the house where the only danger is my mom reorganizing the plants so they look prettier and in alphabetical order since she is so obsessive (not really, but she CONSTANTLY reorganizes them).

    So are these temps okay for them to be outside?

    Daily humidity goes from 30% Humidity to 50%, with a low of 50% at night to a high of 100% (usually somewhere in the middle).

    They have been in a windowsill with very bright direct light for about 5-6 hours a day and indirect, but a little low light in the morning and in the evening, but more ambient in the evening, so I feel as if leaving them outside may not be such a bad idea! (I am worried one of my plants, S. oreophila x leucophylla, since it seems to attract wasps very well but is only 6 inches tall at the tallest pitcher with 1/2 inch mouth width, will overfill with wasps and I'll have to dig them out!)

    Can anyone please help?!

    Thanks!

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    Those temperatures sound fine, although your plants would prefer a sun trap, out of the wind.

    What state are you in?

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    The wind here is mild except during when it rains, and it would be direct sunlight until nighttime.

    I live in Wisconsin. The lowest temps would get (Maybe one night, if at all) is high 30's low 40's.
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    Do you live in the lower half? I live north of Chicago, IL so I guess I'd only have warmer temps. If they're used to 70 degree weather in my room though, won't they go dormant in the wrong part of the year?

    EDIT: Nevermind, the temps are going to be as low as 52 by Thursday, April 26, but as high as 70 by the 22. Would a VFT do any better?

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    Leave them outside. Sarracenia can handle frost also. Just do it gradually and harden them off. I have been putting a 4' shoplight (for warmth) and a covering over mine at night if the temps are going to drop below freezing. Forgot to last night and it got down to the low 20s. The plants don't seem to have noticed.
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    I'm assuming yours arent dormant so how long have they been "awake"?

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    Well, I find no need in hardening all the plants off, as the ones in the windowsill are right against it and the cool wind blows in and the window is open in that window so only the screen is blocking it, and they are fine. The S. 'bugscoop' was in the transition and was used to the day and night, but I might acclimate him instead.

    The temps at night right now may be low 50's or very VERY high 40's (48 or 49) because it is supposed to be 53 degrees right now but it's 62! I'm going to move them outside. (The temps at the coldest part of tonight should be 45F for about 2 hours, but, I think it'll be a tad warmer because it's 5 degrees warmer than it should be right now)

    Thanks guys!

    Mine have been awake since the middle of February or later. My S. oreophila x leucophylla just woke up, along with some of my other plants (I'd say a huge majority, 90% of them came out at the end of February/beginning of March, while some I just got it and the Bugscoop from Victoria only a few weeks ago came out. So, they should still think it's early in the season!)

    Also, would a highland Nep (Nepenthes ventricosa) do well in these conditions?

    Thanks!
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    Yeah, I find that weather.com always lies and says it'll be colder than it actually is. It said it was going to be in the 60s when it got up to 79 one day, then the rest of the week it was in the mid 70s also.

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