Growing Sarracenia Species outside

envirosciApril 16, 2010

I live in SoCal (Irvine, Orange County, near LA) ... I would like to know if I could grow Sarracenia pitchers outside ...

because it's a little cold at night and it's boiling hot during the day sometimes.

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jon_in_ca(9b)

Yes, grow them outside. I lived in Irvine but I am now in the Inland Empire where it gets much hotter during the days and it still gets cold at night. Your plants will do fine.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 2:06PM
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tommyr_gw

Agreed! I have to put mine in the fridge here in the winter in N.Y. but you should be fine. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 7:16PM
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envirosci

thanks for the reply, one more question though -- do I put Sarracenia in the fridge during winter in Irvine or do I leave them outside

thanks tons

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 1:15AM
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tommyr_gw

I don't know what winter is like where you are but if you don't get frosts I'd leave them outside.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 12:58PM
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envirosci

but if I don't get frosts, would my plants go into dormancy?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 8:41PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

The will do fine outside year round in S. CA. They will still go dormant in late fall/winter from the shorter daylight hours. Just make sure in dry times you use good water, rain, distilled or RO. Start catching rain water now if you haven't already.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 12:47AM
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envirosci

but if I don't get frosts, would my plants go into dormancy?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 2:35AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

They will still go dormant in late fall/winter from the shorter daylight hours.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 3:00PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

LOL!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 4:42PM
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jon_in_ca(9b)

We don't get too many frosts out here in Riverside and my plants went dormant around late October/early November. It gets cold enough in Irvine, and like Taz said, the hours of sunlight will decrease and send them into dormancy.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 12:35PM
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envirosci

Sorry Taz lol, I didn't check my message on time so I posted a question that was already being answered.

And for the water, is it okay if I use tap water with instant water conditioner for aquarium -- would that be okay for the plants?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 1:05PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Sure, if you want to kill your plants. Most tap water has too many dissolved solids. If the TDS is below 100 it's fine but I doubt your tap water is that pure.

Rain, distilled or RO only.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 2:49PM
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