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    The mistake was not the leaving the plant outside, but leaving the pot above ground. The roots must be protected. Plant roots in their natural habitat are surround by lots of soil. In a pot the roots are protected by a mere few inches of soil and the roots will freeze. If you want the plant to winter outdoors I would suggest sinking the pot or building a cold storage and mulch heavily around the pot. My bonsai do fine in a cold storage box.
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    Quote (Travis @ Mar. 31 2003,04:49)
    I personally think I maid a mistake leaving it outside. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    Did I say "maid" I am a dumbbutt [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] . [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] I will blame that on my fingers!

    Ya, I should have should have given them some insulation of some sort? Live and learn, just wonder when will I ever Live and stop Learning? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    The assumption that this is ssp. purpurea has never been answered here. S. purpurea ssp. venosa (what everyone sells) is not going to survive a very cold winter, bubblewrap or no.

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    18" of red oak leaves will carry any Sarracenia through a Zone 6 CT winter. Other leaves (especially maple) are prone to matting down, so will suffocate the plants and fail to insulate them. I fluff up the leaves a few times during the winter. The pots get buried with 1" or so of rim above ground level. Next year I'll rig a tarp as an awning above the leaf pile because I've learned a good bit of snow can turn my plant area into a solid block of leafy ice. I saw temperatures down to about -10F.
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    Quote (herenorthere @ April 05 2003,08:06)
    18" of red oak leaves will carry any Sarracenia through a Zone 6 CT winter. Other leaves (especially maple) are prone to matting down, so will suffocate the plants and fail to insulate them. I fluff up the leaves a few times during the winter. The pots get buried with 1" or so of rim above ground level. Next year I'll rig a tarp as an awning above the leaf pile because I've learned a good bit of snow can turn my plant area into a solid block of leafy ice. I saw temperatures down to about -10F.[/QUOTE]
    Thats odd, snow layers usually act as extra insulation.
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    The snow insulates while it stays snow, but it melts on warm late winter days and the water re-freezes as it sinks into the depths of the leaf pile. By the time I discovered how bad it was getting, there was a dense layer of icy leaves/leafy ice at the tops of the pots. The CPs survived, but I'm worried about the fate of some potted terrestrial orchids who shared the space.
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    I kept my S. Flava, S. venosa, S. alata, D. filiformis and venus flytrap indoors this winter in a very cold part of the basement. The pots froze solid twice, maybe more. After I noticed this for the second time, I moved them into my grow room. They have all started growing and two sars have sent up flower shoots.

    So they can take some abuse. They look pretty bad right now and I won't be repeating the same treatment next year! Maybe I just got lucky.

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