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    cold damaged Vft

    i just entered college last fall and when i left i entrusted all my plants to my father, bad move. i told him to bring my Vft in before we got a frost (where in zone 5/6 massachusetts) but it slipped his mind and it got hit with the frost. ever since then (september) leaves have been wrinkled and bumpy and the traps have been tiny, it is niether getting worst or better. I know its probaley going to die but just in case i wanted to know if theirs anything at all i can do for it. i am leaving soon to go back to college so im hopeing i can do something before that.

    Thanks, Jon

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    Actually it'll probably live Mine get frost yearly and are fine.

    Then again I live in GA lol. But I'll still bet they survive. Have you considered mulching over bringing them in and out?

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    Tell you dad to put them inside an unheated garage/basement/attic until temperatures become dormancy friendly again. Don't worry about the appearance of the leaves and trapsÖ as long as the rhizome didn't suffer too much from the frost, the plant will get back up and running in the spring.

    If you donít want to risk losing your plants make sure someone puts them inside. Call your dad to remind him!

    Good luck!
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    Mine have been getting that way too, I can't say I much like the way it looks but they usually do survive. I'd just be careful with long term freezings... definately not good.
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    o, so i should just keep it in a cool dormancy area intill spring like normal and ignore the damaged leaves?

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    Absolutely. Got frost on mine for a week here. They pull through every time. (Look like CRAP! But they live!)
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    i live down here in kentucky zone 6 and my plants have stayed outside the whole winter. those are sarrs, VFTs and a D. Filiformis. so far they are all alive although my S. flava has takne a HUGE hit and has only one remaining(out of at least 10) growth point. the point is people give them a reputation and are much hardier than people say!!
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    alright, thanks a bunch u guys are always lift savers, literally.

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