Carnivorous Plants forum: First time attempting to overwinter Sarracenia

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Dec 18, 2016 5:28 PM CST
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Hi Rj,

Overwintering is easy. Keep them cold and wet. Put that pot in a saucer of water and stick it in the basement or garage for the winter. They need a dormancy period. They don't necessarily completely die back but don't need light either.

Mine are planted in the ground in a man-made bog and are currently under 5 layers of burlap. I lift a corner and add water once in awhile because the water evaporates - too dry is a death sentence.

Your's does not appear to be getting enough water. The pitchers look dry and the soil (hopefully, that's peat) is pulling away from the edge of the pot. You can't overwater a Sarracenia (keep the crown above the water line) but you can kill them fast under watering.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Dec 18, 2016 9:32 PM CST
Thanks, it is peat, in the basement which is on the cool side, I've been occasionally watering...but will fill the saucer with water
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Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Dec 28, 2016 9:20 AM CST
crawgarden said:Thanks, it is peat, in the basement which is on the cool side, I've been occasionally watering...but will fill the saucer with water


Just keep it damp. Mine come out of the water trays in the fall.
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tarev
Dec 28, 2016 10:22 AM CST
Hello Rj, my sarracenias are also kept sitting in distilled water or rain water, depends if we get rain here. I leave them outdoors here, it needs the cold dormancy. They do look ratty at this time, but they grow back in Spring.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 28, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Tommy,

Leave Sarracenia sitting in water year 'round.
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