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    I have read of flytrap colonies found growing wild in Delaware. If they can tolerate Delaware and New Jersey winters and return in the wild I am curious as to why they could not tolerate a KY winter, where I live and return the next Spring. Can anyone shed some information on this? Thanks.

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    Wow, I didn't know they can grow naturally that far north, without intervention. I would propose that both NJ and Delaware are Atlantic Coast and are moderated, relative to parts of Kentucky, which are part of the Appalachian Mountains and thus colder.

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    Mine survived a Cincinnati winter, so I fail to see why they couldn't deal with one in KY.

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    Interesting. If Cincy, then maybe here. But, they are not listed as any wild growth here in KY. I didn't hear of any surviving in Dayton when I lived there for two years. I may get some guts and try this. Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]But, they are not listed as any wild growth here in KY. I didn't hear of any surviving in Dayton when I lived there for two years.
    Well, the wild range of a species isn't the limit of the areas they can survive in; certain perfectly viable habitats may remain uncolonized due to barriers to dispersion such as mountains or simply because there's too much distance between suitable habitats.

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    I will have to check on this since we have a lot of Limestone here.

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    Any VFT colony growing ex situ to the Carolinas is neither "natural" nor "wild". They are transplants and I personally do not find that to be ecologically friendly thing to do. Even the most innocuous seeming species can become a problem (kudzu, tamarisk, cane toad, coqui, japanese eel... )

    If you want to grow VFTs (or any CP) outdoors in KY (or anywhere else for that matter) do it in a pot or a mini-bog or a bog garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Mokele @ May 01 2006,3:50)]Mine survived a Cincinnati winter, so I fail to see why they couldn't deal with one in KY.

    Mokele
    for how many years?
    if the answer is "one" then sorry, but thats not revelant,
    since this past winter was unusually mild..not at all typical.

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