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    Frost vs emerging Sarracenia flowers

    Hi all -

    I have two questions here that I am hoping to get answered since I have received conflicting advice.

    1. My flavas are sending up flower stalks already. I checked the weather and this next weekend we are getting down to 24. Will this kill the flowers and do I need to protect them? If so, how?

    2. Will my Sarracenias grow noticeably better if I clip the flowers off? All plants are in minibogs that allow for deep root growth and are in full sun outdoors.

    Phil

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    Maybe you can try insulating the flowers by putting a cover on them?
    I can't say for sure if 24 degree weather will kill the flower buds since we don't usually get temperatures below freezing here in Cali for extended periods, so I will defer that part of the question to others in similar climates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    Hi all -

    I have two questions here that I am hoping to get answered since I have received conflicting advice.

    1. My flavas are sending up flower stalks already. I checked the weather and this next weekend we are getting down to 24. Will this kill the flowers and do I need to protect them? If so, how?

    2. Will my Sarracenias grow noticeably better if I clip the flowers off? All plants are in minibogs that allow for deep root growth and are in full sun outdoors.

    Phil
    Wow, I am here in San Antonio and I just registered here to ask those same questions ! Man, from 75 - 80 degree highs to upper 20's for the low's 3 days later. And I just noticed today, a bunch of flower buds on my sarrs.

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    Brokken, when you say insulate do you mean to cover all of the plants or mainly to cover the flowers? They are still quite small (3 inches tall) and so far all flava flowers. I wonder if I tape a plastic baggie over them?

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southernman View Post
    Wow, I am here in San Antonio and I just registered here to ask those same questions ! Man, from 75 - 80 degree highs to upper 20's for the low's 3 days later. And I just noticed today, a bunch of flower buds on my sarrs.
    Yep, central Texas can be a strange place for weather January is always the coolest month though, so we are almost through. At least it is not 13 like we got down to a few weeks ago lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    Yep, central Texas can be a strange place for weather January is always the coolest month though, so we are almost through. At least it is not 13 like we got down to a few weeks ago lol
    I hear ya, it got down to 17 here at my house.

    Some of my sarrs and dionaea are wide awake and putting on new leaves.
    Do y'all think it will hurt them when it gets down to the upper 20's this Friday

    Here are a couple of pics ....










    Here are some deep purple purps that have not woken up yet ...








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    You can get frost cloth from any hardware store or nursery, cut to lengths needed and place over entire bog. It is not expensive. Plus it can double as shade cloth in the summer!
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    You could just leave them out in your garage or something until the cold weather passes. At least then they're insulated a little. I lost almost two dozen VFTs that suffered from 20 degree weather a couple years back.

    Here in eastern Texas it seems unnaturally warm for January. But I've only been here half a year and I'm used to Oregon winters, so it makes sense.

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