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#1 Muel

 
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 17:13 PM

The plan is to build a bog garden in a half barrel, the plant's I have planned to put in it are D. californica, S. purpurea x venosa, S. leucophylla, S. purpurea,S. alata and some garden centre hybrid jobby I have. Also a few D. capensis for the sake of it.

Now the question is will those plants be ok through the winter? Or will I have to insulate the barrel in bubble wrap or something?

Also whens the best time to make one? Can I get away with it mid - winter?

Thanks in advance

Edited by Muel, 09 December 2007 - 17:14 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2007 - 17:32 PM

Nothing may be guaranteed, but the plants should all prove hardy. In the UK S. purpurea and its hybrids are perhaps the best bet for outdoor Sarracenia. S. leucophylla and S. alata may not do particularly well over the long term. You will have to experiment and see what happens.

D. capensis survival is a bit of a lottery. I lose some every year even under cover and a prolonged cold spell would likely kill the plant.

Any time from now onwards would be OK to build your bog. Though it might be an idea to wait until spring to add the Drosera.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 19:13 PM

Ah cheers Aiden, S. leucophylla and S. alata are best grown in a greenhouse then?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 19:39 PM

D. capensis survival is a bit of a lottery. I lose some every year even under cover and a prolonged cold spell would likely kill the plant.


Capensis Aidan? It'll spring back from the smallest bit of root.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 16:33 PM

I guess it depends on where you are. Here in Hertfordshire i have lots of S.leucophylla that are thriving, but iv lost some S. Alata though others still persist and now completly hardened off. All the D. capensis iv tried have failed, the drosera that do well for me tend to be the binata. Those garden centre sarra hybrids perish pretty quick under frost, i think its something to do with the tissue culture growth as they tend to throw up lots and lots of weedy pitchers instead of building up their rhizome and saving energy. But saying that i still have a few garden centre specials that survive each winter.

Edited by beercanoo, 23 June 2009 - 16:34 PM.