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I also grow my sarrs, VFTs, D. capensis, and dichotoma 'Giant' outside in a bog year-round without mulching. Our winters are not as severe as yours, but if you get good snow cover that insulates the plants. The mass of the bog protects the roots of the sarrs, dews, and VFTs. Any dichotoma or capensis I have left unprotected outside through winter in pots 4" or smaller have not made it as their roots freeze in the pots, but nestled in straw they do fine in the pots.
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Can you quickly describe for me the setup you have for your vfts, etc? Is it a refrigerator too, or is it something more grand?
I might just reduce the photoperiod on the terrarium for the sundews this winter. I have them in a corner of the house that gets chilly in the winter anyway, so I imagine this will be good enough...but I'm interested in learning about your hibernation setup for my other plants....
Excellent newsgroup...love this place....
...and thanks all for your fast and extremely well educated responses. I found a carnivorous plant home
I was using "the fridge method" in 2004 when I made this page:
Then in 2008, I was still technically using "the fridge method", but had replaced the actual fridge with a cool basement stair-well,
the rest of the technique is the same however:
This is how im still doing it now..
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Brilliant! Excellent posts. Thanks!
When we had the infamous 'October Storm" a few years ago the D. binata I had died, surficially. I really thought they died. They just died from above the surface but cam back and have been coming back every year since. They have been in my Sarracenia pots and survived freezes and dormancies it co-worker garages, etc...