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    Winter - Pitcher Plant

    Well I still have the same pitcher plant as I did a few months ago, here is my first topic:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=108514

    Sorry for making this long.

    Here is a picture of it from 5 months ago (I can't believe it has grown so much!!!):
    http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/3217/dsc00288hk1.jpg

    Well now that winter is coming up, what do I need to do to protect it? Should I bring it in, let it stay outside? I live in North Carolina, and they obviously survive the winter here, but I advice on if I should keep this one outside. A few of the pitchers have became hardish/crunchy and rotted I think...pictures:
    http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/9...harrowsra9.jpg
    Red arrow points to rotted pitchers. White arrows point to the green grass which is mentioned in my first topic. Teal arrows point to something white that I never noticed until I took these pictures. After taking another look, there does appear to be white fungus or something...should I do something about that? Is it time to replant this or give it new moss? I've not done anything at all during the past five months to this plant. Rain water has been its only source. Here is a copy of the same picture without arrows: http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/2...oarrowspe3.jpg

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    http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7425/dsc00635ij3.jpg (Rotten pitcher on left hand side.)
    http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/8112/dsc00633cl1.jpg

    There are about 5 mini (really small) pitchers in the middle that don't seem to appear in the pictures.
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    Protecting it from wind is probably all you need to do, given your location. It appears to be on a grill of some sort. Wind blowing underneath during winter probably is not a good thing. Place on the ground if you can.

    The grass you may want to pull out as the roots can take over the pot. White stuff looks to be growing on dead grass leaves. Remove dead matter.

    Dried pitchers are nothing to worry about unless the whole plant appears to be dying, which this one does not. Leave them there or trim off the brown parts only. You may want to trim the dead leaves off in the spring to make room for new growth.

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    wow! it's grown alot!

    the crunchy pitchers are normal-just dying in their natural cycle.

    take that grass thing out ASAP! i got one...left it in for a few months...and it grew over 3 feet tall with roots wrapping around a 1/2 gallon pot 3 times over!!!! kill it, burn, it, eat, then throw it away!!!

    the white stuff is mildew growing on organic matter-as said above.

    the little pitchers could be an off shoot! woo-hoo!

    and as for winter, you could put it in your garage or shed or other protected area...
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    Will I be getting seeds?


    the crunchy pitchers are normal-just dying in their natural cycle.
    Should they be removed, and what causes them to die? I'm scared to remove them due to who knows what might be in it.


    take that grass thing out ASAP! i got one...left it in for a few months...and it grew over 3 feet tall with roots wrapping around a 1/2 gallon pot 3 times over!!!! kill it, burn, it, eat, then throw it away!!!
    The grass has been in it for well over 5 months and is only about 3 inches...I will try to remove it though. I thought I had removed it totally but it came back.


    the white stuff is mildew growing on organic matter-as said above.
    Should it be removed and/or should the moss be changed?

    the little pitchers could be an off shoot! woo-hoo!
    What does off-shoot mean? Just additional pitchers growing?

    Do pitcher plants require a 'hibernation' period, and if so will it look dead or anything? I don't want to mistakenly think it is dead if it isn't. I will bring the plant inside if it goes below 32 degrees.
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    Just cut the old pitchers off theres nothing to be afraid of.

    And with the grass make sure to get the roots when you pull it out.

    As for the mildew you could spray it with a sulfur based fungicide or remove all the mildew thats visible.

    An offshoot is a new growth point that can later on be divided into a new plant.
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    and unfortunently, no, you will not be getting seeds. it hasn't flowered yet!
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    1.) That plant looks 100% healthy and happy. Dead growth is normal - just trim anything brown off with a pair of scissors.

    2.) You live in the ideal location. It will be very happy living outside. Just leave it and it will go dormant on its own and grow by itself in spring. It will just stop growing, not die back to nothing.

    You've got it easy!

    I can't see any mildew on it by the way. Fungicide is unnecessary in my opinion.

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