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Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6622471

...came home with this. I haven't tried it with ham yet.

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Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #6622479

same plant

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tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

June 1, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6624032

Nice, skip the ham!
Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6624323

Tommyr2006,

Thanks for the great advice you've given me in the last year...when I do what you say the VFT's have done well. I can't imagine why the directions on the little containers could be so far from right.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

June 1, 2009
10:48 AM

Post #6625415

Those directions are to insure you'll buy more later cause if you follow them it'll die.

Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6647933

I was admiring my newest VFT today and it has a stalk that looks like it will flower! I'm so excited. I hope it doesn't take me many winters to learn to provide proper dormancy.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

June 6, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #6648128

Where you are you could leave them out all year I'm pretty sure. Mine live in the fridge from fall to mid February...
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 8, 2009
10:15 AM

Post #6657464

I agree with Tommy. Leave them out all year. I do. I am a little warmer than you are, but NC is probably about the same zone, and they are native there. If you want a little protection, mulch a bit and remove the mulch in spring. My biggest problem is keeping them cool enough in winter so they can go dormant.

Sunshines, that is a beautiful plant. :)
bayllw
West Columbia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2009
4:55 AM

Post #7288683

leave them out? outside?
seray53

November 19, 2009
7:06 AM

Post #7288955

So Pretty Sunshines! Great pictures. I wish my grocery sold VFT's. LOL

If you buy a plant from the 'grocery' would it be prudent to leave it out now? Can they adjust to the cooler weather or should they ride on the window sill until spring? I thought the photoperiod made them go dormant. Sorry for all the questions. Newbie here.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 20, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #7291238

Me, too! I'd never get groceries. I'd be right in front of that display.
Beautiful. Better than any ham I've seen.
RRM
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

November 20, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #7291258

Seray,
You could put it in a zip lock bag and put it in the fridge until the end of February. Then take it out, place in a water tray and put it in a sunny window.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 20, 2009
1:22 AM

Post #7291279

Do you put the soil that it is in with it too?
seray53

November 20, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #7291404

The thought of doing that makes my blood run cold Tommy. LOL I think of them as pets already. Although they are for a goth garden and that plastic bag thing does suit the mood. :) just kidding

Maybe if I plant them in their nice little mini bog home, leave them out in the sun and when it's going to freeze haul them in the GH for the night. We don't freeze here very often. Would that work? Or is it the freeze that's needed?

Appreciate your time and expertise.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

November 22, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #7299683

Aren't they native to zone 7B? I would think that would be fine for leaving them outside year round. I am in zone 8(or there about) and this will be the first year I leave some out to test things. It hasn't been cold enough here for any real frost so they are still green.
C

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2009
5:40 PM

Post #7299924

So, I can put my new baby's outside with no harm??
We have not had any real frost her either. It has gotten cool, but not freezing.
my little ones came from Lowe's, you think I can put them OUT????
Charleen
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

November 23, 2009
11:47 PM

Post #7303974

I think they should be protected some the first year until they are better adapted but yes I think they can stay out in a sheltered place for their dormant period.
C

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #7303989

Guess I'll wait and put them out there next year.
Sure don't want to risk losing them.
Thanks for the help.
Charleen
seray53

November 24, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7304118

Thanks for the info Newton. I'll do the same. Lots of light and protection.
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #7366022

The biggest problem if you live too far south like I do is that they do not get cold enough to go properly dormant and therefore have a hard time resting for the next year. Tanja
3jsmom31
zone 6a, KY

December 14, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #7366156

What about day length. Is your day length shorter now like it is further north? I think that contributes, too.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 14, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #7367263

I put them ouside and went to check on them after all this rain. Have pinestraw over them and they look good, so far.
I think they will make it, we did have a freeze here awhile back. The VFT looks good, but the Sundew was so tiny, don't know about it.
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 1, 2010
1:48 AM

Post #7414959

The sundew I would put in the house. Many sundews are temperate and go down to a hybernaculum (sp?) for the winter. Some sub tropicals will die down to roots, and some sundews do not deal well with cold weather. WHatever you do, if it looks like the plant dies, do not throw it out. I have had plants come back 6 months later. And the VFT will look super rough. Don't let the plants dry out during the winter. Dehydration kills them faster than cold weather.

In Florida we are dark 5:30-6 PM to 6-7 AM in winter. In summer we are light 6 AM to 9 PM. Not a big change like up north. When I lived in Berlin it was light in summer from 2 AM to 10 PM. I loved it. :)
Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #7728362

Well...I think I've killed 2 more. I'm determined to over winter at least one...will try again this season.

Maybe I need to purchase a healthy mature plant grown outdoors in my zone from a hobbyist or maybe I should support our local folks trying to provide variety. Maybe I should try to do both and watch longer.

newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 22, 2010
5:35 PM

Post #7728391

All of the sickly ones I bought at the stores survived the winter here. I did move the pots into the garage3 times when I feared the really cold weather, but otherwise they did just fine.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2010
6:15 AM

Post #7735065

That is really good to hear. :)

Mine made it through the winter outside just fine. In fact this is the coldest winter we have had in decades (record breaking) with many days below freezing, and my Flytraps and Sarracenia look better than they have in years. The cold made them stronger.

I even had 6 month old seedling Sarracenia and VFTs outside in the freezing temps all winter, and they are growing with vigor. The Sarrcenia were about 1/2 inch tall and the VFT smaller than a dime, and they are growing like crazy now.

If anyone wants to see pictures, let me know, and I will post the pictures.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 25, 2010
7:50 AM

Post #7735263

I still havent gotten around to putting them all together into a large bog pot but maybe next weekend. The VFT's look really nice, in a couple weeks they started producing a lot of nice sized pitchers. We had a killer winter here too. Lost a few things but the CP's didn't seem to mind, even when I found them covered in snow and looking completely frozen.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #7735564

Did you take picture sof them in snow? In their habitat they get snow, but people still think they can't handle it. And they can. :) We even had snow one county over, and fountains and birdbaths froze all over lforida, something I have never seen. Wow! But my plants are thrilled.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 25, 2010
3:25 PM

Post #7736288

No pics but the pots felt completely frozen and none of the VFT's or the pitcher plants seemed to suffer for it. They are tough. Now if only my sundews did better. ):
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2010
4:41 PM

Post #7736532

I keep my tropical sundews in for the winter. My temperate sundews were fine. Went done to their buds and came back like crazy when the weather improved.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 25, 2010
8:28 PM

Post #7737193

I have mine under lights in the classroom and they are not at all happy. 2 pygmys look nearly dead and an Adelae(sp?) dried up after flowering but I do see a new baby or two there. I love sundews but seem to be bad at keeping them alive.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2010
8:33 PM

Post #7737210

I can't keep the lance leafs alive and pygmies are tricky. For your classroom grow D. capensis. They are so easy and pretty, and curl around the insect, so they move. Kids like that. They flower and reseed like crazy. D. binata would work and D. spatulata.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 25, 2010
8:37 PM

Post #7737223

So you think the carpensis is the easiest to grow? Does it need full sun or partial? I like them all but need ones that are less fussy.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #7737241

In my opinion D. capensis is the least fussy of any drosera. I have them growing all over. I had some at my house and at the Botanical Gardens out in the freezes, and it didn't slow them down. And thew 95 degree weather doesn't bother them either. Don't waste the money on athe all red, because you won't be able to keep it red. Get the normal or the broadleaf.
Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #7827572

...just can't stay away little VFT's are at local places and I MUST have one winter over. I'm gonna try again differently. Surely I am learning something.

newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 25, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #7827944

My VFT's from last season over wintered beautifully, even with the cold temps. I kept them out all but about 4 nights and they are really looking good this spring.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2010
8:37 PM

Post #7828153

Our cold winter did great things for my VFT and Sarracenia. We had record breaking freezing temps and the plants are growing with incredible vigor.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 26, 2010
5:50 AM

Post #7828742

My pot of VFT's froze one time and it didn't hurt them a bit. The only plants that don't look really good are my 2 purpurea, not sure what variety they are. They are growing but with less vigor than the fly traps and the 2 unknown sarracenias I left outside. My point was I am in nearly the same zone as sunshines today so his( or her) plants should do fine outside also.
C
Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7830415

I'm glad to know you folks can keep yours from freezing to death. It gives me hope that someday mine, too will survive.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 26, 2010
2:14 PM

Post #7830440

They should survive a zone 7 winter?
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2010
5:51 PM

Post #7831209

I think S. purpurea are one of the harder Sarracenia to keep. I don't know why. They are my favorite.

The VFTs need to go dormant and be cold. They handle freezes and snow fine, but not freezing wind and dehydration. Mulch and they should be fine in Zone 7.

Please look at these pictures from cobraplants.com Their VFTs grow outside year round, and here's pictures of them in Snow and ICe. Cobraplants is in Oregon, so they have mild winters, but VFTs are tougher than they appear. Mine were outside all winter, including my seedlings. It froze several times.
http://cobraplant.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=8&zenid=2816e9208422acc91329277969a55e6d



Sunshines2day
Lubbock, TX
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7831255

Yes, yes, I know. I haven't been successful yet. I think I'll buy one of those dvd's. Strangely, I keep Brazilian Rainbows Boas...supposed to be moderate to difficult to keep and harder to breed. Each year I've manged to provide the correct condition in which these boas reproduce and yet I can't keep a VFT alive through a winter. Several factors I see could have led to there demise...under-watering, not bringing them in shelter in extreme weather. (cold, cold winter this year) and not putting them in a larger pot where their roots could develop deeper. Lots of things to correct his year, but my determination is fierce (as it always is when I want something LOL). I will pay more attention to the details this go around. ...needing to find a way to harvest rainwater so I'm not spending a dollar every 4 days to keep the thing in water.

tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

May 27, 2010
9:20 AM

Post #7833042

S. purpurea are native to the N.E. and Canada. That's why they're hardy!

newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 27, 2010
10:13 AM

Post #7833241

Yea they grow in MI, so I think its the heat really. The other pitcher plants are doing well though and didn't mind the cold winte at all.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 27, 2010
5:47 PM

Post #7834626

There are (at least) two types of S.purpurea. The ones in the north and the ones in the south. They are also native to Florida. It is a different variety and although it likes cold, it wouldn't be as hearty as the ones form Canada. I don't even try to grow the Canadian ones.

Istill have ahard time with them. But then S. minor is native to my county, and if I dont grow them from seed, I cant get them to grow. And native butterworts are a bust too.

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