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    Need Winterizing Help!

    I have 5 sarracenias and a VFT I need advice on... They are all in 4-5 inch pots except for the purpurea and VFT, which are in 2" pots. I took them out of their water trays yesterday. I am in zone 6a and the temps have been in the low 30s and high in the low 50s if we are lucky. Next week it is going back up to 64˚F for a high. What do I do to get them though winter

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    do you have a garage?

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    Yes, but it is detached and not insulated well. Probably gets fairly cold in there still? I've never put a thermostat in there, but my fiancÚ uses it sometimes and puts the heater on.

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    You need to find a place that stays between 35 and 50 degrees F all winter..
    thats the tricky bit..
    outdoors is too cold, indoors is too warm..

    some suggestions:

    http://gold.mylargescale.com/scottychaos/CP/page2.html

    http://gold.mylargescale.com/scottychaos/CP/page5c.html


    Have they been outside all summer up to now?
    If so, thats half the battle right there! they should be fully dormant right now..now you just have to find a spot for them to rest for the next 4 months..


    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    You need to find a place that stays between 35 and 50 degrees F all winter..Scot
    BTW, Leah, et al, are now residing at a local nursery for the winter. The greenhouse is set at 40.

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    ^ excellent!
    sounds like you found a great location!

    How did Leah do for the rest of the season?
    my guess is "she didnt do much"
    I have found Leah puts up 3 or 4 pitchers in the spring, then she is basically done for the year..
    my main plant had about 4 pitchers this year, then 5 more phyllodia by autumn..
    a very pretty plant, but not a prolific pitcher maker..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGcvn69 View Post
    I took them out of their water trays yesterday. I am in zone 6a and the temps have been in the low 30s and high in the low 50s if we are lucky. Next week it is going back up to 64˚F for a high.
    I'm in an almost identical situation, except that my five Sarrs and various VFTs are all on one large bowl... (And this is my first year growing cps OUTdoors.) As such, I've been letting the rain take of watering since early September. With the temps going back up this week again, I haven't yet shielded them from the rain...

    How can I assess whether or not my Sarrs are yet dormant?

    My intention is to let the LFS media dry itself out over the next week and then mulch the bowl into a bin in my shed to ride out the next few months, but it may be too soon, yes? My main concner is that I'll dry out the media ('til damp, not bone-dry) before the plants are dormant... Last year I didn't fridge my indoor VFTs until after Thanksgiving...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyq View Post
    How can I assess whether or not my Sarrs are yet dormant?
    Mine slow right down to almost no new growth at all. My plants are in a zone 5a, I believe, and have been asleep since the first week of november. They almost form what I can only describe as "spikes" on the rhizome, like tiny little pitchers that never get very big at all. I suppose it would be akin to hibernacula...

    But I have a similar situation where outside is WAY too cold (so much so, that I don't even trust mulching techniques that so many have described. Additionally, being away for college there is no one to obsessively collect temperature data throughout the day) but inside is, well, typical inside temps, which are too warm for these purposes. My solution as been to place them in the basement under grow lights with many other tropical non-carnivorous plants. The light is pretty low, not to confuse them into growing full strength, and the temps are in the forties steadily all winter.

    Retard their growth, keep 'em just moist and fungi free, those were my goals.

    Hope this helps,
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