I just got some parrot plants for my birthday, and they are not in dormancy. They came from pa and the one is in a 1 gallon container and is huge. I wonder how I should handle them. I figure just let them stay inside where it is temperate
any advice would be appreciated...
mcrwt644, where do you live? *
* *Your plants will require some sort of dormancy, from the sounds of how large/mature they are. *If it hasn't gotten too cold for them to adjust to the temperatures, they would be just fine to go through the winter outdoors. *
My friend who lives in Western Washinton places his S. psittacina (parrot pitcher plant) in a five gallon bucket filled with water over the winter. *This prevents the S. psittacina from drying out when it freezes. *
It is suggested that Sarracenia go through a dormancy with temperatures under 50 degrees F. However, I guess a CP grower in Hawaii has been growing Sarracenia for three years now just fine. They believe the Sarracenia are going dormant based on the shortening photoperiod.
Here is a very good article about dormancy