- Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:47 am
How cold does it get in your part of Oklahoma? And do you have a garage?
I ask because I live in middle Tennessee and I kinda take the lazy route.
Most of my plants are outside. When it starts to get below 50°F at night, I bring the tropical ones (dews and a Nep) inside for the night, then put them back out the next morning once it warms up. The temperate ones (VFT, Sarracenia, temperate dews, etc.) stay out as long as it doesn't drop below 35°F. I know they can withstand colder, but this is what I do.
Once the shorter photoperiod puts them into dormancy, usually aided by the dropping temperatures, I put the entire rack into my unheated garage. I don't have a window in there, but I open the garage door at least twice a day, so they still get some indirect light.
Once it begins to warm up and stay above 35°F, I put the temperates back outside. I watch the weather and bring them back in if it's going to drop below freezing. The increased photoperiod and rising temps wake them up. Once the temperature stays above 50°F, I put my tropicals out.
I guess it's not too much of a lazy approach, I do have to monitor them daily for a couple of months in the Spring and Fall.
Good luck, and happy growing.
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