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    I have a s. purperea witch I keep outside. Since they live in Michigan, I decided to leave it outside through out the winter. The purpera is still in the pot (3inch) but outside. Of course it is frozen solid and it has been like that for months now. My thought behind this is they live in Michigan and the ground is frozen from December to roughly March/April. Do you think it has a chance of coming back to life or is it a goner? Has anyone else done this before? What is the chance of it surviving say 1 out of 10 (1 = No chance at all - 10 = I will never die).

    Since on the topic of Michigan winters what are other Cp's that live in Michigan or live in Michigan kind of weather? I may start collecting Cp's that are growing in the Northern part of the US... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] To make things ezier.

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    Travis,
    I would give your S. purp an 8 rating. It would have been higher had the pot be sunken in the ground and the plant given some protection (i.e. a thick layer of protective mulch) Let us know how the crap shoot went come spring.

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    It should come back if it is purpurea subsp purpurea. But like Sarraceniaobsessed said the chances would eb greater if it were protected. A plant in the bog (ground) is insulated year round while a pot offers little protection from the freezing temperatures. Mine have been frozen solid on and off since December and now, relocated to the greenhouse they are thawed and still dormant in the 50F temp the ehater keeps it at. It should survive if it was a healthy freeze...if it was a dry freeze...good luck to you!

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    Hey, Thanks. That is allot better then I thought it would be. I was guessing about a 6.5 or so. I will let you know as spring come around if it survived the winter. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] But next year I think I will wrap it in some insulation.

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    Travis,

    None of these are Sarracenia but other Michigan CPs are D. rotundifolia, D. anglica, D. intermedia, D. linearis, P. vulgaris and many Utricularia.

    check out this website to see what lives where.

    http://plants.usda.gov/

    It's still cold here in Michigan! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

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    Travis,
    Bubble wrap is quite good.

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    Hey, thank you soooooo much!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I will wrap it in bubble wrap tonight...even though it is month and half into winter better late then never. Plus I am going to look into those plants you suggested that live in Michigan. That means I do not need a terrarium for all my plants. Thank goodness [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

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    Well I think it may be died my sarr purp? It has been out of dormancy for 3 weeks or so and no sign of life. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] I personally think I maid a mistake leaving it outside. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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