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    my sarracenia,vft,cobra, and temerate drosera pots Froze last night. will they be okay? should i water them? I hope they will live

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    The temperate drosera will lose their leaves, but the Sarras and the VFT will be ok, but did did you let the plants acclimatize to a cold winter to begin with? I let mine go down to whatever it is out there and the plants have been down to -12 C with no problems, even for 1 week of freezing weather.
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    Don't bring them in to a warm place - let them thaw naturally.
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    If it was a real good freeze, the VFT may lose some leaves, and the sarras may lose alittle. If they were acclimated like mike said they will be fine. Cobra lilies get buried in snow in thier natural habitat so to them this probably isnt to big of a deal.


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    From my experience, if the soil greezes/turns to ice, then the plants die. I would seriously recommend caution on letting the soil get that cold. Try mulching it with pine needles, hay, etc. or even a good layer of snow should keep the temps at about 32F. Hope that helps.

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    I live in NC and grow my plants outside in pots. There is not any concern for freezing pots. However, I have been surprised to find that the pots eventually dry out and need to be watered. To help protect my plants from drying, I cover the pots with pine needles. The pots still freeze but, they are protected from the drying winds.

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    Sounds like I can quit dragging my VFTs in at night when the temps drop below 20°F [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .
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    Another important factor would be pot size. The plants seem to tolerate the freezing/thawing cycle better in larger pots. I don't use pots smaller than 10". Last winter my plants were burried in 3" of snow for about a week with no problems.
    The only time I get worried is when temperatures will hit the lower teens. My plants rarely see those temperatures. I would definately mulch with pine needles on those cold nights.
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