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    Joel, I've pretty much tried everything, you can bet that if the pot freezes solid, even once then your VFT is screwed. Mine were outside until the first freeze until I rushed them inside for the rest of the winter. I didn't realize they were dead until I dug them up a month ago. Overwintering VFTs outside in places that are below freezing a lot in the winter requires either a large pot (bog garden of sorts) or to like.. burry them. Or possibly something like a cold frame.

    This doesn't mean that I won't grow VFTs anymore though.

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    Tall narrow pots tend to drain faster according to some, I've forgotten who researched that. Joel summed it up well about when to water.

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    Wouldn't short shallow pots drain faster?

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    I'm not sure, I know small pots "dry out" faster, and the ratio of the soil mix is very important for drainage. I'm sure that someone said tall narrow pots drain water away faster. I've considered finding some nice Orchid pots for growing my VFT in.

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    Most of my vft are grown in 6cm square pots. Bigger clumps get put in slightly bigger pots.

    My mix is 50 : 50 (ish) peat and perlite

    My plants do freeze over in winter however normally not for more than 2 - 3 days at a time.

    Where are your plants coming from ? Might be worth trying to track down better quality plants that have been looked after than store bought ones ?

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    If your vft freeze you should let them ride the freeze out naturally instead of bringing them indoors since the sudden change will do more damage than just letting them be frozen for a little bit of time and naturally readjusting to the cold dormant conditions they yearn for.

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    Y'all can send them sucky VFTs to me and I'll make a pot'o sucky VFTs.
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    The only water mine got in the winter was from the fungicide I sprayed on them.

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