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    6b Sarracenia Dormancy - Cold Climate Dormancy Question

    Hi Everyone,

    I've recently moved to a USDA 6b city and I'd love to hear your input on how I plan to protect my plants by Sarracenia and flytraps.

    The plan:

    I'm thinking that my collection can tolerate the winter conditions outdoors in a small unheated greenhouse - you've seen the ones I'm talking about. The mini-greenhouse (if you can call it that) with 6 trays that stands 4 feet tall with a thin transparent plastic tarp that covers it. I'm hoping I can keep my dormant Sarrs and Dionaea in something like this even if temperatures dip below freezing for a week or two.

    My concern:

    Pots will completely freeze even with protection from wind/snow and the plants won't be able to absorb water.

    What are your thoughts and experience in growing in cold climates? Do you think I need more insulation or protection? Unfortunately I can't get my plants in the ground this year and need to keep them in pots for now, otherwise this would be the game plan.

    Coming from a USDA 9a city, this is a change for me

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    I grow sarrs and VFTs in zone 6b, for dormancy this year, I have a big hole in the ground and right before the first frost I plan to chop them nearly down to the base and put them in the hole. Then, I cover them with pine needles and put a tarp over it all. The ground insulates the sarrs so it doesn't get too cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthes0260 View Post
    I grow sarrs and VFTs in zone 6b, for dormancy this year, I have a big hole in the ground and right before the first frost I plan to chop them nearly down to the base and put them in the hole. Then, I cover them with pine needles and put a tarp over it all. The ground insulates the sarrs so it doesn't get too cold.
    Thanks, Nepenthes. That's the plan for winter 2020 Any tips for keeping potted sarrs above ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolishJeff View Post
    Thanks, Nepenthes. That's the plan for winter 2020 Any tips for keeping potted sarrs above ground?
    I would recommend insulating them well with pine needles and maybe put them a little closer to your house. Here's a link to the blog I went off of- https://zone6b.wordpress.com. I'm no expert on this, just trying to get my sarrs to survive the cold winters here.

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