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Thread: Winter Care for S. purpurea ssp. venosa

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    I live in Minnesota and the website I ordered my s. purpurea ssp. venosa from (***************) said that the plant could take temperatures only as low as 10 F.

    I'll be keeping my purp on the outside patio and I know that temperatures here will go below zero. How do I keep my new plant warm enough? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    Actually, that Sarr *might* be able to take those temps. You could of course use a refridgerator for dormancy, but I would just mulch it by putting a foot or two of leaves/hay/mulch over it.

    Where do you live?

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    That's what I thought of doing... fridge or mulch. Not sure, though.

    I live about 25 miles south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

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    ^_^ I just recieved my purp not fifteen minutes ago! It was packed very well and it looks great. I potted it up in the soil mixture that was sent with it and put it in the refridgerator for now. I also got a free drosera filiformis for ordering in November. It's in a dormant bud.

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    Hmm... Well, I've not much experience with the really cold states, as I'm a southerner, but I've got experience with this plant. My gut instinct goes with the mulching. It seems more safe, since the refrigerator process is a bit more complex. I would go with mulching. Like SF said, use mulch, hay or leaves. Or even pinestraw. If you use the mulch, be sure it is non-treated. There are a lot of pesticide-treated mulches out there, which will kill it. Make sure it is totally safe, untreated mulch. Do this later this month, whenever it gets below 10 degrees, and uncover it 'round about the beginning of spring, when it gets back to warmer temperatures. And start watering it normally again and giving it normal amounts of sunlight again.

    Hope this helps, and good luck!
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    I dont recommend putting it directly into the fridge. Its very likely that your plant is fresh out of tissue culture and it may not be ready for dormancy yet. I suggest that you contact the source and ask them if it will be ready for dormancy this winter. Most temperate plants can survive without dormancy for at least the first year. Regardless of what the answer is dont put it in the fridge now, the sudden shock is likely to cause more harm than good.

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    Mulch would be good. I assume you get days on end where the temp doesn't get above freezing, so in that case a venosa would appreciate a good mulch to cover it up. Where I live, I put the pot into the ground to insulate it more, that's it. Then again it always gets above freezing during the day, so you have more to worry about. That is where the mulch comes in [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    those plant from *************** are great are'nt they , when i ordered from them they gave me a free s. oreophila for my birthday but i wish i could've ordered now too to get more ree plants . anyways , from my own judgement i'd say that those plants are not fresh out of tc and should require dormany . since you mentioned it was subspecies venosa i'd say that you should use the mulching method .

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