Carnivorous Plants forum: carnivorous update.

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 17, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Beautiful colors and tons of flowers!
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Brenden
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 17, 2016 9:06 PM CST
Lookin' good! Mine are looking a little Late Summer Sad. What are your plans for wintering over?


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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 26, 2016 10:11 AM CST
DaisyI said:Lookin' good! Mine are looking a little Late Summer Sad. What are your plans for wintering over?


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I don't know Daisy, I've thought about it for days now, ideas? This is my first year, I was thinking tarp? Or maybe wood chips? I know they still need a bit sunlight so I'm sort of skeptical and paranoid
Brenden
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 26, 2016 9:48 PM CST
The Sarracenia will winter outside with protection. Is there any way you can bury your pot in the ground? Then you could mulch it with pine needles (at my house, my mulch is 4 layers of burlap). The Sarracenia don't need light in the winter time. I mulch with 4 layers of burlap because: 1. Not a pine needle in sight in the desert and 2. I need something that won't blow away in the 50 - 60 mile an hour winds. The plants can freeze solid although, under my layers of burlap, they don't. The burlap works well because the Sarracenia stems hold it up a little, allowing an airspace of a couple inches above the soil and below the burlap. One of the major winter killers is mold caused by lack of air circulation. Also, Sarracenia need to be in water all winter.

This is the same bog as the photo above but taken last January.

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The bigger problem with your pot is that Venus Flytraps are not frost hardy. They require bright light and reduced water during their winter dormancy.

The Butterworts are or are not winter hardy, depending upon where they came from, Mexico or Canada. Do you know what kind you have? Most of the ones we see are tropical.

The Drosera are iffy, depending upon which you have. I have one that has survived outside for 3 years now. It blooms white, not purple and is forked-leaved. I didn't plant it; it must have come with one of the Sarracenia. D. capensis has escaped to the bog but never survived the winter.

That's it in the very forefront of this photo. Its a little hard to see but its blooming and you can see the forked leaves at the base of the Sarracenia its growing with.

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I know, I have complicated things even more. Sighing!

Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 30, 2016 10:04 AM CST
Yep you have HAHAHAH, well I will live and learn. Yea I know about the butterworts. Well shoot, that's not great news regarding the others, I'll probably dig a little hole like you suggest, and will consider the pine needles. Won't the needles affect the acidity?

lastly, my sarracenia seedlings, will they be okay?

They are about the circumference of my index finger.

They were seed grown last year!
Brenden
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 30, 2016 4:38 PM CST
I don't know. I didn't put my seedlings out for the winter until they were 3 years old. Of course, part of that had to do with moving and time spent building bogs. My older plants stayed outside their first winter here in 1 gallon pots in tubs of water with no protection except that they were against a south facing stucco wall.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Sep 30, 2016 11:14 AM CST
My Sarracenias are pitiful this summer, got too dried out while I was away for most of August. Once I returned, I gave them their usual sitting in water regimen. So far it really tried hard to be alive, but the leaves are either crunchy brown halfway, but the part growing near the rhizome is green, so I know it is alive. Fall's cool down is here so nap time is coming, and soon it will turn more ghastly as it goes dormant. But I keep them outdoors still, they need to feel cold.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 30, 2016 11:26 AM CST
Tarev. If the crowns are alive, your plants are fine. Leaves will grow new next spring.

When I lived in Zone 8, I had my Sarracenias outside in pots sitting in saucers year 'round with no protection.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Sep 30, 2016 11:37 AM CST
I think mine is due for a repot as well, have not done it. Some are in its second year and this second year was almost okay till I went away this summer...oh well..hoping it will rest nicely again for its next Spring regrowth.

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