2019 Spring is here!

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Did you guys move your plants outside yet?

I just transferred all my sarrs/VFTs from the garage to the backyard on Saturday and trimmed off a tonnnnn of old/dead pitchers. It looks like I lost my B-52 VFT :( but also saw some new growth on a few plants. A mistake I made last winter was not keeping the substrate a little damp. Some of the pots were almost completely dry (maybe 15% moisture left in the soil) but hoping the plants will bounce back.

What are everyone's outdoor plans for this year?
 

H2O

Administrator
Staff member
I ended up moving most of my plants to the greenhouse, my new house doesn’t have as much light as I would like and the greenhouse has plenty. I left all of the species that don’t mind the back yard, Darlingtonia, purpurea ssp. purpurea, Pinguicula, Drosera etc I think I’ll be using the extra space for more of those Genera and species and keep everything else in the greenhosues.

I’ve run into the “freeze dry” effect before, it’s shocking how dry the soil can becomes when they are frozen and there is a little wind.
 

Shoggoths

Carnivore
I repotted half my temperate CPs last autumn and I think I didn't wet the media enough ... I'll see in a few weeks the casualties in hope that more than less survived ...
When the temperature is over 5 C, I open the garage door to let the sun in but otherwise, all CPs will sit dim light in the garage for at least 4-6 weeks :(

Today forecast : > 20 cm of snow ...
Winter does not end, we are really tired.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I repotted half my temperate CPs last autumn and I think I didn't wet the media enough ... I'll see in a few weeks the casualties in hope that more than less survived ..
I feel like this is partially how I lost my B52 - I got it in the BCP order and the roots probably didn't have enough time to establish themselves before overwintering. The soil mix I used was also way grittier than my wildtype VFT so it dried out a lot faster. I watered it on saturday but it's looking completely dead. Pulled up one of the plants (out of the bunch) and roots look completely done for.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I’ve run into the “freeze dry” effect before, it’s shocking how dry the soil can becomes when they are frozen and there is a little wind.
All my pots were fully saturated when I moved them to the garage and they definitely froze solid throughout the winter (pretty sure where were a few freeze/thaw cycles as the season was a weird one for Toronto). Some pots were still moist but a few were seriously desiccated just from sitting in the garage :S

Really hoping everyone's plants made it through the winter!
 
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