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    Dead or dormant?

    I have a sarr I just got, and it may be dormant or dead. It looks dormant, because the cut pitchers are still red at the bottom, but the crown is brown. then i have another i have the same. Ill post pics soon enough

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    i would say it's alive. if you see color that's good. the rhizome is usually brown.

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    Anything that's brown, poke it. If it's all mushy, you'll know it's rotten.

    The crown shouldn't be brown...

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    Hmm... pictures later, and the crown is stable for the most part...

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    i usually peel back one of the cut pitchers and check the color of the rhizome and not the dead pitcher parts around the rhizome.

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    Coming out of dormancy they often do look like that. I have two and both had every trap cut low for winter; when I brought them out of dormancy the rhyzome was discolored but the trap stubs were still red and green. I repotted it, watered it, put it outside, and after about a month, it's now growing new pitchers.

    Don't give up on them unless they start rotting at the rhyzome (like what Jefforever said). I've seen some pretty sad-looking sarr and VFT plant stubs come up strong by late Spring. The rhyzome being brown could just be dirty, we also don't know what species the sarr is; it might be normal for that kind. If the rhyzome is mushy it's dying. If it's not mushy but it's a little more pliable than it should be, there's still hope. If it's solid, it's most likely healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awgaupp View Post
    I have a sarr I just got, and it may be dormant or dead. It looks dormant, because the cut pitchers are still red at the bottom, but the crown is brown. then i have another i have the same. Ill post pics soon enough
    Hey, they all look like crap right out of dormancy. If I have to answer another question wondering why my Sarracenia looked like hell in January, I'm finding a clock tower -- so help me . . .

    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    Hey, they all look like crap right out of dormancy. If I have to answer another question wondering why my Sarracenia looked like hell in January, I'm finding a clock tower -- so help me . . .

    You can say that again!

    Here's how they looked when I brought them home from my co-worker's garage, a few weeks ago:



    This is how they look right now, after a trimming of the dead foliage:



    Here are some signs of life:




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