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    I always trim the dead material before dormancy and end up trimming what I left on, 6 months later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Est View Post
    The one exception is S. rubra which I need to pretty much burn to the ground to keep manageable.
    I'm interested in this as I have S. rubra also. Do you just light it with a match? Do you burn in the spring or winter? Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdskr View Post
    I'm interested in this as I have S. rubra also. Do you just light it with a match? Do you burn in the spring or winter? Thanks for your help.
    Burn?! No!

    Just trim the pitchers. By burning them, you could:

    1. accidentally burn the rhizome.

    2. The ashes might enrich the soil too much. In the wild these plants survive and even thrive when wildfires raze down competing brush, but there is a constant flow of water that washes these nutrients away. Unless they're in an open system that would leach away nutrients, I would just trim away those pitchers.
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    I'm interested in this as I have S. rubra also. Do you just light it with a match? Do you burn in the spring or winter? Thanks for your help.
    Alas, I cannot literally burn them to the ground and they're in plastic pots. If that's something you're interested in doing, you'd want to use some ceramic (or other non-melting pot) and a lot of precaution. Also, if you were to burn, you'd probably want to do it when you normally trim. So long as you get the burn in before the plant comes out of dormancy (and starts putting out flowers or new pitchers,) you should be fine. But I've never done it before myself...

    No, for now I stick with scissors, but I have a hard time every year. There's so much low down on the rhizome that can't be removed, and that makes things difficult for the coming growing season since there's a million nooks and crannies for pests to hide. Might be worthwhile to divide them in to smaller clumps to make it more manageable.
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    Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll stick with the scissors also. Still quite a bit of green near the bases of my S. rubra, so I will wait a few more weeks.

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