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    Most People wouldn't advise bottling up any CP permanently. Airflow is important and cuts down on fungal growth. Around these parts, we refer to those square mini terrariums you mentioned as "death cubes." Some might call yours a "death... ellipsoid."

    All things considered, you could probably get away with growing a drosera capensis or other tropical dew in there if you really wanted to, but it is not necessary at all. Personally, I like being able to stick my nose right up into the plants and would only consider a full size terrarium if I really needed to alter my growing climate.

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    HI I have a drosera capensis and I've think it's on it's way out ... ;-( I left the window open in error and it was a cold night I think it's zapped it ...

    It still has some green leaves how ever the VFT and another plant Nepenthes Alata is doing well...

    I do like the idea of a bog garden though that lives outside... Just would be nice if I was able to do that...

    Rather new to these plants, I have been more involved in aquatic plants..

    Many thanks Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noddy View Post
    HI I have a drosera capensis and I've think it's on it's way out ... ;-( I left the window open in error and it was a cold night I think it's zapped it ...

    Many thanks Wayne
    Wayne,
    I dont think an open window, if the plant was inside the window, would be enough to "zap" a capensis..

    IMO, the only thing that will really kill a capensis is if it's left outside in an actual frost, or the air temp actually falls below freezing..

    unless the air around your capensis actually hit 30 degrees F (negative 1 or 2 C)
    or lower, which is unlikely, its probably fine..

    My capensis was accidently left out in 35 degree weather (+2C) this fall before I brought it inside..its fine..

    A frost would have fried it..but 35 degrees (for one night only, a very short time at that low temp) didnt harm it.

    Scot

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    Hi all

    I thought I would show the current state of my VFT now it seems to be growing rather well, so is it wise to shut it down now or do this next year?



    The next photo is my uncles plant which was reduced and half dead in the shop... but he bought if for a challenge



    It would be nice to know your views

    Many thanks Noddy

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    since you live in South East England,
    your best-bet is to simply grow your VFTs outdoors 24/7/365..
    your climate is perfect for it..its not too cold.

    I would put the plants outdoors right now, if they arent already,
    somewhere that gets as much direct sun as possible..
    then just keep the water trays filled..and you are golden.

    the plants probably wont do anything much until spring..
    they might not grow much at all the next few months..which is a GOOD thing!

    then, in February-March, they should come out of dormancy and start growing great..

    you are lucky..you have a climate that is good for VFTs and Sarrs outdoors year-round..
    many of us are very jealous of that!

    Scot

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    Yes but I am 650 feet above sea level on one of the highest points in the south east...

    We get the snow where others don't like yesterday

    That's the problem

    Uncle has problems with some bonsi's he keeps, it's a shame he is not on here not a techi but has 182 bonsi...

    Last time I counted :-)

    Many thanks Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noddy View Post
    Yes but I am 650 feet above sea level on one of the highest points in the south east...

    We get the snow where others don't like yesterday

    That's the problem

    Uncle has problems with some bonsi's he keeps, it's a shame he is not on here not a techi but has 182 bonsi...

    Last time I counted :-)

    Many thanks Wayne

    hmmm..well thats not really very high.
    but I guess you know your climate better than I do!

    but let me ask you..
    how often do you get snow in a typical winter?
    is it common? every week?
    or a "once in awhile" occurance?
    are there some years you dont get any snow at all?
    Is rain more common than snow in the winter?

    I ask these questions because, even with some snow, your climate might STILL be fine for keeping your plants outdoors!

    VFTs sometimes get snow in the wild, in South Carolina.. its rare, but it happens.

    I have found since being on these forums that people have very different ideas of what "cold" means!

    People in Florida think 40 degrees F (+5C) in February is an Artic deep-freeze..

    While that exact same 40 degrees F (+5C) in NY in February is a balmy spring heat wave! people go out in shorts and t-shirts if it hits 40 in February!

    Our plants dont care about how different people perceve cold or warmth..
    If its generally above 35 or 40 degrees (2C to 4C) , on average, most of the winter, your plants will be fine outdoors..

    Scot

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    I have now put mine out to chill....

    So we will see how it handles it

    Wayne

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