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    Another Sarracenia dormancy thread

    I know there's a lot out there on dormancy already, but I've yet to find anything with my particular circumstances and I'm also sort of formulating mixed ideas, so here goes.

    I tried a few plants outside this last summer and I was (somewhat) surprised to see them do pretty well. I've pulled them inside for the winter and they're currently sitting in an east-facing window with the window barely cracked. This has pretty drastically cut their photo period (at least of direct sunlight) from almost a full day's worth to just a few hours in the morning. Also, with the window cracked and that room sort of sealed off from the rest of the house, they're getting down to around 35-40 degrees at night, give or take depending on the weather. They've been in this window for probably over a month, now, but I'm not really seeing any change. They've all stopped growing, for sure, even a few pitchers are just now starting to die off, but I guess I expected more noticeable changes by now. Should I just wait it out and see what they do?

    Also, regarding mixed ideas: I know with the refrigerator method, you're supposed to cut back all the previous year's growth, then seal them up keeping them moist. Outdoor plants should not be cut back, right? Just allowed to die back? Finally, should I continue watering them? They're still on the tray method, though I've been allowing the tray to dry out a few days before refilling. Should I just be aiming to keep them moist, but not with an inch of water at the bottom?

    Thanks in advance for any input, I really appreciate it.

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    Why didn't you just leave thjem outside and bring them into a cool porch or basement or something once they died back a bit?
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Because it rapidly went from around 50 at night to around 5 at night, LOL. I assumed (maybe incorrectly?) that a drop that low and that fast would probably just kill them all.

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    Congrats on surviving your first outdoor growing season here in Colorado. I keep my plants in the garage during the winter. The temps rarely fall below 25F and only for a few hours when they do. I only move my plants indoors if we get the rare prolonged cold spell. Light is not that big of an issue at this time of year (but I do keep them near the window). Be careful that the media in the pots does not feeze solid. You just need to keep your plants cool and make sure they don't dry out. I water mine once every couple of weeks during the winter as I do get evaporation this time of year. Also, it is normal for the pitchers to brown slowly over the the next few months. In fact, some of my later ones of the season are still green in the spring. I only cut them back once they are completely brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdskr View Post
    Congrats on surviving your first outdoor growing season here in Colorado. I keep my plants in the garage during the winter. The temps rarely fall below 25F and only for a few hours when they do. I only move my plants indoors if we get the rare prolonged cold spell. Light is not that big of an issue at this time of year (but I do keep them near the window). Be careful that the media in the pots does not feeze solid. You just need to keep your plants cool and make sure they don't dry out. I water mine once every couple of weeks during the winter as I do get evaporation this time of year. Also, it is normal for the pitchers to brown slowly over the the next few months. In fact, some of my later ones of the season are still green in the spring. I only cut them back once they are completely brown.
    I've had media freeze with no ill affects, but never for more than a few days at a time.
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    Aha! Someone from Colorado growing plants! And outdoors!? You and I may have some chatting to do, LOL.

    But really, you just keep your plants outdoors all year? Where in Colorado are you? Here in Fort Collins, it's been getting pretty well below 20 (like I said, 5 degrees has been seen more than once in the last week or two weeks), and it can stay around 15 or 20 even through the day.

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    I keep the planters in my attached/unheated garage under a west facing window. The temps average in the 30s/40s in there for all but the coldest parts of the winter. I'll send you a PM with other information.

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    to me, it sounds like you have a decent set up. if the sealed off room stays 35-40 degrees, that's about perfect. when they go dormant, you're not going to "see" them go dormant. they just cease to grow. some pitchers will gradually dry up, turn brown, etc., but it is not uncommon for them to hold their color throughout the winter. you want to keep them from completely drying out, yet you don't want it too wet either - that will invite mold. it won't hurt to apply some fungicide and remove any dead plant material.

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