Hey everybody, this is sort of an opinion question but a pitcher plant's life may be on the line here.....so I greatly appreciate the feedback!
I currently have two S. purp ssp. venosa plants that are wondering what my plans are for dealing with an Iowa winter. They are potted in 10+ gal. "bog" pots which have summered outdoors with various other "hardier" bog plants. Due to the severe winters here in Iowa, I am devising a cold storage area in our unfinished basement for the bogs.
I am sure that, for at liest the purpurea, this will be an ok resting place for the winter. However I am known to "fix" things that aren't broken on a frequent basis. Now back to the pitcher plants: How much liberty can be taken with the dormancy requirements of the ssp. venosa?
I would like to attempt to keep the smaller of these plants in a greenhouse with my Drosera that will NOT be getting any special dormancy treatment. I don't know that my intent is to skip dormancy, but more a greedy experiment to enable me to enjoy the plant up-close and personal on a daily basis.
Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with keeping ssp. venosa in a terrarium or like environment through what should be it's dormancy?
Here is a photo of the larger plant