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    Too cold outside for dormancy

    Hey, just a week ago i decided to become an owner of a sarracenia purp. var. venosa (i think),but it's a bit too cold outside to prepare it for dormancy. With temps dropping down too -15 degrees C (5 degrees F) at night i'm concerned. I would use the fridge method but i never tried it. Is it a good idea? (obviously there won't be much light in there)

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    Where are you located?

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    From what I hear they don't need light during dormancy. Just as long as they don't freeze solid, they're good. I'm no pro when it comes to sarrs, but it's to my understanding that you just cut off the traps and stick the pot in the fridge until spring.

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    do you have a garage or a 3-season porch or something like that?

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    Also, remember that S. purpurea is very hardy. Mine froze at least once for a day or two last year and grew very well this year. Mass's method works pretty well, just check it about once a week for fungus.

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    Ha ha ha ha Don't freeze solid huh? When i had my original circ bog up with plants all in singel tubs the tubs would freeze over solid. I mean one clump of ice, and I would have icicles hanging off the circ bog. I never lost a plant from it being a popcicle. I lost plants from peat being old and too far decomposed. I lost plants due to lack of light and being over crouded out. Even my VFT when grown right came back after being popcicles. I am in GA/SC so the freeze wasn't 5 degrees coldm, but it was cold enough to have ice. I have been told as long as you do not rapidly defrost the plant it will be fine. If it is allowed to warm up slowly like in nature the plant should be fine. Remember these plants live up in Canada. Atleast the purps do. And you cannot tell me they don't become popcicles in the wild.

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    Now my plants stay outside year round. Maybe it is the slow cool down that also helps. Might be a good idea to protect them this year and then let mother nature do the work the following year. I do know plants are capable of adapting slowly and not so well at doing it rapidly. Since you missed the cool down this year it might be a good idea to shelter it till the following winter. Then let it become a popcicle.
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    Yup purps can definitely be frozen rock solid. Its when they freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw that you run into troubles. Now of course you cant have the plant growing inside with warm temperatures then go straight to frozen.

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    Mine spend the winter in a dark fridge at 32-36 degrees F. In the few years I have done it this way have lost 1 plant. Other methods I have used include the garage. No matter the method I use they do well. Usually the only time I loose a plant is right when they come out of dormancy for some reason. Overall sarracenia are pretty tough plants from my stand point.

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