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    Use Snow to Water Darlingtonia?

    I see some talk about using ice cubes made of rain or distilled or RO water to keep the roots cool on Darlingtonia. I'd been watering with ~45 degree water when I looked outside and realize I have tons of snow. I melted some and it's 17-20 ppm TDS.

    I just got this Darlingtonia from Lowe's, so it's not going into dormancy this year. Is snow a great idea to put on its soil?
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    I think it probably really couldn't hurt. I had my Darlingtonia outside for a few weeks and it got snowed on and frozen for a good while until I took it inside, only because temps dropped down to the teens.

    Unless the snow is heavily polluted, I think there's no danger in watering with snow.
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    I don't see why not, it's just frozen rain water....but you prolly should use a little at a time or the thing might try to go dormant from excessive cold.....normally cold water/ice is something you do in the summer when the temps are higher.
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    You may want to let some melt in a clear cup first, to see if a film develops at the top. Even my fresh snow had some disgusting stuff in there! With those Lowes Darlingtonia, they shouldn't need dormancy for a while. I ended up using normal water indoors since its naturally cooler this time of year in my conditions. Only problem was that I never fed them, so the growth continually got smaller until I traded it away at a CP gathering in hopes that they could give it the attention it needed
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    Why do you feel the need to cool the roots?

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