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By Shadowtski
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It's 29 Degrees (F) in Milwaukee today, Zone 5B.
Snow is falling, the first of the season.
In a few days, I will bring in my flytraps, Sarracenia, and temperate Drosera.
Leaving them out helps put them solidly into dormancy.
Tropical and subtropical stuff is mostly inside.
They'll huddle together in the basement under lights until next Spring.
Good night to all and to all a good night.
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By ChefDean
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No snow here yet thankfully, because Tennesseeans can't drive well to begin with, and lose whatever ability they have left when a snowflake hits the ground. But we are having the first, below freezing at night, cold snap. I moved what I could inside, and just rigged a cover and a space heater to keep the rest from freezing.
After Thursday, the temps at night will stay above freezing for the next few weeks, so I'll leave them outside, drifting lazily down into a nice, deep slumber.
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By DragonsEye
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Shadowtski wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 7:34 pm
oval wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 7:29 pmWhat's snow?
I've always been envious of people who live in warmer, nicer climates.
Been there, done that. I’ll stick to the northern lands.

No snow here yet on this side of the “pond”.
By oval
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Shadowtski wrote:
oval wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 7:29 pmWhat's snow?
I've always been envious of people who live in warmer, nicer climates.
Actually, it was a bit too warm this summer, for me and the plants. I think my flytraps gave up and started their dormancy in mid-October.
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By andynorth
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OK, I have a spot cleared in the garage. I have all my Sarrs and VFT's still out along with my Drosera dreamcicle and Drosera fillamoris. I will most likely leave the rest of my Drosera in the greenhouse this year so they can get better established to go outside next spring. The weather here, just like everywhere else has been crazy. We just had 3 days of freezing temps at night. We are now back to our norm We are looking at being in the upper 50's to low 60's for daytime and lower to mid 40's at night. Is it time for me to put them in the garage or should I wait until around Turkey Day? I am thinking the latter but would as usual, like the experts opinions.
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By Panman
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I wouldn't worry about getting them in shelter until you are dropping below 30 for multiple nights in a row. The idea is that you want to protect them from two things. First, you don't want the pots to freeze at night and then thaw during the day. A solid freeze for a few days is better than a freeze/thaw cycle for a few days. Second, you don't want the plants to get dried out. If the plants freeze, there is low humidity, and wind, you will essentially freeze dry the plants. To me, that is the biggest worry.

The only temperate plants that I am planning on moving indoors this year are my rosea and psittacina. They haven't wintered well for me but your mileage may vary. I am also bringing in my pot of tracyii that hasn't done well. I don't know if the winter is the cause or not, but I figure I will eliminate that option. Otherwise, only tropicals, including my capes and binatas, are coming in. They will die back to roots and resprout next spring, but I want to give them a head start.
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By andynorth
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Thank you. The main reason for bringing them in would be our torrential rains. I know leaving the trays out from underneath helps but I would rather not have to keep a constant eye on them to make sure they have enough water to survive, etc. The door to my garage is right next to the room my greenhouse and grow tent are in so it will enable me to keep an eye on them without having to run in and out of the rain throughout the week.
Should I put them in my greenhouse come spring time to get a "jump start" of just get them outside?

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