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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    That's pretty cool. It must be nice having enough Drosophyllum to be able to carry out this experiment.
    Not that many really, now down to two 12” terra cotta pots that take up a lot of room on the garage window shelf over winter. They grow outside during the growing season. I stopped propagating them from seed because of winter space issues and it was getting too hard to find local homes for the babies. I do get a lot of seed from them though and those are a lot easier to unload.

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    Update. I am back from my travels and was surprised to see that the Drosophyllum seedling that popped up in the bog over a month ago is still alive and well. With the first frost just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how it does as winter approaches. I will update again next month.

    [IMG]Bog Drosophyllum 9-20-2015 by Djoni C, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Photo of when it first germinated at the beginning of August:

    [IMG]Volunteer Drosophyllum sprout in the bog, 8-2015 by Djoni C, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    This isn't unheard of, but it's definitely not common. I recall at least one other mention of a Droso that sprouted in a bog, and survived there even through winter. If you don't get any serious cold snaps, it may have a chance.
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    Lucky! To my knowledge Droso needs a drier habitat. Interested to see how it survive in a bog. Hope it can survive over the winter. Looking forward to your update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    This isn't unheard of, but it's definitely not common. I recall at least one other mention of a Droso that sprouted in a bog, and survived there even through winter. If you don't get any serious cold snaps, it may have a chance.
    We can get overnight temps in the teens here over winter and days where the temps are below freezing 24/7 so I doubt a Drosophyllum will survive an entire winter outside here, but you never know until you test the limits. The bog will stay much wetter with extended flooding at times with the winter rains we get and that may do the bog droso in before any serious freezing sets in, but we will see. I bring my potted Drosophyllum into the garage for the winter after the first frost and have considered leaving one pot outside year-round to see what happens, but the amount of rain we get over winter has made me hesitate doing so. They are in 12 terra cotta pots and constantly moving them in and out of cover would be a royal pain in the back, ha.

    Quote Originally Posted by patrickntd View Post
    Lucky! To my knowledge Droso needs a drier habitat. Interested to see how it survive in a bog. Hope it can survive over the winter. Looking forward to your update.
    Yes, mature Drosophyllum like much drier conditions than other CPs and they will rot if kept too wet, but in my experience you can keep them in the same conditions as you would for sarracenia at least for the first few months after germination in my conditions (outside in full sun from spring to fall in the Pacific Northwest).

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    Its so beautiful!
    I wish i could get the seeds to grow

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    Update on the Drosophyllum that sprouted in the bog. It still lives, even surviving a few frosty mornings! Photos taken this frosty morning.

    [IMG]Frosty bog Drosophyllum by Djoni C, on Flickr[/IMG]

    And about an hour after above shots were taken and temps had warmed into the high 30s:

    [IMG]About an hour after frost by Djoni C, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Last edited by DJ57; 11-22-2015 at 12:22 PM.

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    That is WAY cool! I'm so curious how this is going to end up. :P
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