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    When to divide American Pitcher Plants

    I want to divide and repot my minibucket plants. I want to do this when they are dormant, either before I tote them to my co-worker's garage, in November, or in April, when I bring them back. They're getting a little congested. Which is better - November or April?




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    Nice plants.......still admire that you are able to grow Darlingtonia too!! Given the too, certainly divide them in April!

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    I would do it in April..
    because then they are just coming out of dormancy and can quickly grow new roots, and have all season to acclimate to the division and re-potting..

    Autumn might be ok too..but I would prefer not to disturb things right as the plants are going dormant..

    Actually, instead of April, make it February or March..right when the plants come out of dormancy, but before active growing begins..

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    I hear ya. I'd probably have to bring them home early and store them in our garage, which doesn't have windows to give them photoperiod cues. But now that I think of it, what's the difference between a fridge and garage, other than size? Neither one provide photoperiod. I miss the windowed attic we used to have!

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    I don't think they are overly crowded just yet. They still could do quite a bit of growing in their buckets. If I were you, I'd keep them there for one more year. However if you would like to divide them, it's generally accepted that winter or spring are the best times to do it in.
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    I'm most concerned about the planter with the cobra lilies. I want them to stretch out more easily. That and I want to have pots with Dana's Delights, straight up leucophyllas, Scarlett Belles, rubras..... But mainly I want the Darlingtonias to roam more freely. You really think I can go another year?

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    On that particular planter, you could use a little more space - Everywhere else it looks like you have some space.
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    Works for me. Thanks!

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