Carnivorous Plants forum: Sarracenia Dormancy!

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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Dec 12, 2017 2:56 PM CST
Hello all,

I was just curious what you did for your Sarracenias' dormancy? I know some use refrigerators or garages, and put them in bags. I was curious what methods you all use? Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 12, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Hi Lindsey,

Most of mine spend the winter outside as they are planted in the ground. The few in pots spend the winter in my garage in the window. They stay in their pots. Remember, they still need their feet in water, even if you decide to put them in the refrigerator.

The window isn't necessary, that's just where my 'winter' shelf is for all my plants that either need to come inside or out of the greenhouse for the winter.
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Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Dec 13, 2017 8:37 AM CST
For me, in N.Y., once night temps get and stay 35-40 F. I remove most of my Sarrs from the pots, dunk and clean the roots in rainwater. Put them in zip lock bags, spray a little sulphur based fungicide on them and put into the bottom of my fridge. Works great.

I do keep a few in their pots and put them in an unheated utility room. It's somewhat of a crap shoot if they survive but Flava can take really cold temps it seems. I check on them about once a month to make sure they are moist.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 14, 2017 12:34 AM CST
Its not the cold that will kill them. Its the freeze/thaw cycle and dehydration. My outside plants are under 3 layers of burlap to keep them frozen (for those of you in an area with pine trees and less wind, pine needles work great). Some winters, it keeps them from being frozen but the point is that they stay either frozen or un-frozen. I periodically lift a corner and fill their 'bogs' with water.

When I first moved here, before I dug my bogs, they were in 1 gallon pots in plastic bins full of water against the south side of my house. I didn't cover them, they were frozen all winter and were fine in the spring.

I have never heard of digging them and keeping them in the refrigerator. I have never lost any leaving them out. I even have a Fork Leafed Drosera that germinated out there and has lasted 3 winters now.

California Carnivores has a winter sale for bare root Sarracenias - great prices and you can figure out what they sent from what they have. The roots are always nice, healthy and sometimes HUGE! This sale is how I managed to acquire so many without breaking my piggybank. Don't worry about what CC says about winter minimum temperatures - they are in Sebastopol, CA (I doubt it EVER freezes there).

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Name: Patricia
North Carolina (Triad) USA (Zone 7b)
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p3bog
Mar 30, 2018 10:36 AM CST
Mine spend the winters outside. I have a small bog garden plus some in pots that I can cover if it will stay in the 20's for more than a week or if temps drop and it's very windy.i also cover if there's a frost/freeze after some buds develop.

I'm a bit concerned this year because the temperatures fluctuated so much this year. This is the first year I lost some vft that were in pots.

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