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    I am new to CPs and also new to this discussion forum. I live in a tropical climate (Honolulu, Hawaii) and would like to grow Sarracenia outdoors. I understand that, generally speaking, Sarracenia will not grow well in the tropics because they need a dormancy requiring much cooler temperatures and/or much shorter photoperiods. However, I'm hoping that there's a hybrid or two out there that might defy the odds and be able to grow in the tropics. I wonder if anyone has any suggestions.

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    welcome to the forums, tropics!

    You can grow any sarracenia outdoors, just bring it inside and bareroot it, then stick it in the fridge for 3 months, and take it back out [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    if you do not want to do that, get a nepenthes. they are tropical pitcher plants, and can stay outside where you live and grow perfectly where oyu live

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    Thanks for the suggestions, Spectabilis73. But I guess I'm just basically a lazy person and would prefer not to have to go through the effort of digging up the Sarracenia plant and putting it in the refrigerator for 3 months. (And what if someone tries to eat it?) Do you know of any Sarracenia variety that would not need this kind of attention and would be able to grow outdoors in the tropics year 'round?

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    Quote (Tropics @ Oct. 01 2003,06:31)
    Thanks for the suggestions, Spectabilis73. But I guess I'm just basically a lazy person and would prefer not to have to go through the effort of digging up the Sarracenia plant and putting it in the refrigerator for 3 months. (And what if someone tries to eat it?) Do you know of any Sarracenia variety that would not need this kind of attention and would be able to grow outdoors in the tropics year 'round?[/QUOTE]
    nope, there are no variations of sarracenia that can go without dormancy...
    oh, and you can put it in the fridge in the pot if you wnat

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    before considering growing this plant , you should know that they are not regular house plants that you can forget about and do whatever you want . read the care sheet provided by PFT . anyways , you can grow these plants anywhere , you can oive in the tropicals and grow this plant during the warm seasons tne when witner comes you put them in the fridge and take em out , i don't think anyone would eat it unless grandma has a special recipe for sarra salad . i live in a desert like climate and i have succesfully grown nepenthes , you can ebat the odds by trying to make your climate like theres . and yes , there are not species ro varieties that do not need dromancy but if you wait in the future , probably in 2000 years some mad scientist will create a species that will need nor dormancy , but by then these planst would probabaly be all gone and who can live that long ( [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] hhhm , probably my great grandma is she hangs in there )

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    Hi Tropics, aloha and welcome!
    I agress with Spectabalis. If you don't want to be bothered with dormancy, go for the nepenthes. Honolulu is the perfect climate for them. You would need to chose species/hybrids based on your elevation. There is actually at least one other growing from your area on this forum....Now if I can just remember her name....**)

    All Sars require dormancy. Your outa luck with this genous, I'm afraid.
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    If you live in the highland tropics you may want to try a heliamphora wich is a close relative of sarracenia,but does not require dormancy.Just my 1\50th of a dollar [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Thanks to all who have posted replies to my request for information about growing Sarracenia in the tropics. For those who are interested, the following is a summary of information gathered from replies here and on other CP discussion forums, as well as from correspondence with individuals.

    The conventional wisdom is that Sarracenia cannot grow in the tropics unless refrigerated during dormancy. Yet, there are instances of individuals growing Sarracenia in the tropics without refrigeration, although it is more difficult than growing them in a temperate climate. As can be expected, Saracenia are more easily grown in the cooler areas of the tropics, such as in valleys and on mountains. In addition, certain varieties may be more adaptable, such as S. leucophylla, S. psittacina, and S. x 'Dixie Lace.'

    Now I wonder if plants grown from seed in the tropics would be more adaptable than plants that are imported from a temperate climate.

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