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By Gary
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This spring I bought a couple of the Mini Pitcher Plants at Trader Joe's. The plants appear to be heading into dormancy, pitchers getting crispy, no new growth, all the usual stuff. They seem to be Purp hybrids and I need some advice on what to do with them to prepare them for winter. After the pitchers finish dying back should I just cut them off close to the rhizomes and wait for the new growth?
I'm considering a repot for all my plants as they start coming out of dormancy, especially the VFTs that burrowed deep into their pots. I'll be curious to see what these "minis" do next year.
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By andynorth
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It is my understanding that you want to cut away, at the base, anything that is not green. This will help keep from molding and will help the plant thrive in the Spring. I am by far not an expert but that is my understanding. I could be wrong and it might depend upon where you are located also.
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By steve booth
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If your temperatures are suitable for outside dormancy, put it outside and keep it damp. With all my outdoor sarrs I leave the leaves on till spring to give some protection to the rhizome. then in early spring remove any dead leaves by grabbing them low down and pull away from the rhizome, the dead leaves should come away with its 'clasp' (the bit that joined it to the rhizome) with it, thereby removing all dead material, leaving a clean rhizome and preventing any mould. This often promotes new growth points.
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@stevebooth. Do you recommend the same if using garage for dormancy? I read that it is best to clean them up before so as to avoid the mold, etc. I understand waiting until Spring if they will be outside to provide some protection from the elements but if in a garage there really are no elements except the cold.
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Sounds good, Steve. I trimmed all the black leaves on the VFTs (whew!) and pulled several of the leaves on the Sarrs. There's still a lot of late-season pitchers on a couple of them, another month or two will crisp them up. The rhizomes all look good after pulling off the dead clasps.
Whatever do these plants do in the wild without humans to give them all this TLC???
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By steve booth
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andynorth wrote:@stevebooth. Do you recommend the same if using garage for dormancy? I read that it is best to clean them up before so as to avoid the mold, etc. I understand waiting until Spring if they will be outside to provide some protection from the elements but if in a garage there really are no elements except the cold.
Hi Andy, If you use the garage then please do clean them up before and during storage, the reason being that you will normally get little air movement over the rhizome indoors, so as stuff starts to rot, (and it will!) the risk of mould increases exponentially.

@ Gary - Haha, yep you are quite right, I have absolutely no idea how they manage to survive out there on their own, its a miracle .

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steve booth wrote: Fri Nov 10, 2023 8:55 am
andynorth wrote:@stevebooth. Do you recommend the same if using garage for dormancy? I read that it is best to clean them up before so as to avoid the mold, etc. I understand waiting until Spring if they will be outside to provide some protection from the elements but if in a garage there really are no elements except the cold.
Hi Andy, If you use the garage then please do clean them up before and during storage, the reason being that you will normally get little air movement over the rhizome indoors, so as stuff starts to rot, (and it will!) the risk of mould increases exponentially
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Got it. Thanks for the info. I will clean them up before going in garage. Leave anything green until they are completely brown, correct?
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By steve booth
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Spot on, if the brown offends you, ( and it does some people) cut that back to the green.

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