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    My collection soon needs to be put in a permanent place for dormancy... basically I am tired of bringing them in and out at night when frost threatens.

    My plan it to place them all in an old 29 gallon aquarium and then set up two... 2 foot light hoods (4 bulbs total) and set them on a timer. They would then get placed in the garage for the winter.

    Is this light going to be enought to get them through the winter? I would use warm and cool lights... correct? And keep the day length similar to natural day length as well...

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    You do not need to let frost worry you. Only deep freezes where the temperatures do not go above freezing for days on end need to worry you. I live in Western Washington, and I have grown my sarracenia outdoors for five years now. What I do is this: dig holes in the garden and place the pots directly into the ground. This helps to insulate them over the winter. I have yet to lose any of my plants by using this method.

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    Where are you located and what kind of plants do you have?

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    I am in southern Ohio... so we do get long deep freezes here. This is my first over-wintering so far, so I was thinking I would stick it out in the garage where I can monitor them better this time around.

    My father has a leuco and a purpera that he planting in ground by his pond that he is going to mulch over... so i was planning on comparing them... but they didn't do too well during the growning season... so who knows.

    I have couple types of leucos, a coppertop flava, a sar. minor, a purpera, and a few small hybrids, with a sprinklin of vfts for good measure. My sundew are in with my orchid cases for the winter.

    Will the 4 2foot bulbs be enough light?

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    Sounds to me like that would work fine. Over winter, the natural light is lower, anyway, and those four lights should light the terrarium well. I'd just use the cool whites, by the way. They're just a better spectrum than the warm ones.

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    Hi Matthew, I live a few miles north of you in SW Michigan. Does your garage have any windows? If so, I wouldn't worry about setting up grow lights. Like some of the others have said, I too keep my temperate CPs outdoors throughout the winter. I have purps, leucos, rubras, Hyndle, Danas and darlingtonia among my outdoor collection. This time of year I place the potted plants in deep rubbermaid tubs filled with LFS up to the brims of the pots. I also make sure the pots have at least two inches of LFS beneath them. LFS makes fantastic insulation. In addition, I dress the surface with an 1" layer of live sphagnum. This acts as a natural fungi inhibitor. I place the tubs inside a cheap 6' standing poly greenhouse I purchased at a Big Lots store. On days and or nights above freezing I leave the door rolled up and when temps drop below freezing I simply zip it shut. The greenhouse is under a porch overhang so it gets plenty of natural indirect light with very little direct sunlight. Hope this gives you some additional ideas to ponder! Good Luck
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    My garage has no windows so I will have to do the grow lights.

    Next year I might try out keeping them outside. I just got my collection this year so my live spag isn't very plentiful. I also just moved into a new home and will next year be adding a garden and pond so I might make a more permanent place for them.

    How deep of a tub do you put your collection in? add drain holes?


    Thanks for all the advice!

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    The tubs are 11" deep. I thoroughly dampen the LFS which retains the moisture for quite a long time. A couple of times throughout the winter months I'll spray mist the plants and moss if it looks like they're beginning to get dry. The tubs don't have any drainage holes. If I were burrying them in the ground, out in the open (I've done this in the past), I would poke drainage holes along the sides about half way between the top and bottom.
    It's interesting to try a variety of methods. What works for some fails for others. Good luck!
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