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    I'm Stratified Goofzilla's Avatar
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    Hey, thanks guys! I really appreciate this information.

    Scot,
    What kind of 'mulch' do you think would be best? I've read that hay insulates well.
    Thanks~

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    try some pine needles.
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    I agree, pine needles would be good.
    or a thick layer of leaves.
    and I mean THICK!
    like 2 feet deep.

    Scot

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    I'll do that, then. Thank you. I've still got a few good months... Oh, and yes I almost forgot something... The plants!

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    You could grow them if you:
    A)Heavily mulch them in the winter
    or
    B)Bring them into a unheated shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]There is a HUUUUUUGE difference between "snow, sleat, frozen rain and the occasional drop below zero" in Texas and "snow, sleat, frozen rain and the occasional drop below zero" in Illinois!


    In Texas, when they happen, those conditions last a few hours..
    In Illiniois, they last many months.

    GZ,
    IMO, burying in the ground would be much better than the rubbermaid tub. because the ground regulates the temp a lot better, and covering with heavy mulch also provides a lot of protection. the rubbermaid tub wouldnt provide near the same level of winter protection..
    I agree with Mr. Chaos. A number of people have had good luck in northern climes - usually w/ heavy mulch & in-ground bogs. However, the mulch must trap dead air but let excess moisture out. If you use leaves, there's a big chance all of your VFTs will croak. Use straw or pine needles.

    In zone 6 here in NJ, the majority of my VFTs left in the bog either died over the winter or early in the spring (I did not mulch). VFTs seem to be a notch or 2 more delicate than Sarracenia for overwintering.

    Now I overwinter VFTs in the basement under lights. The Sarrs freeze solid in the garage and love it.
    All the best,
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    Thanks. I'll either mulch them outside, or mulch them in the garage... I wonder which would work better? I plan on using some straw.

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    If it is a hard freeze put them in unheated garage and mulch there if the area is still below 32 degrees.

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