introduction/overwintering advice sought
Mon, 30 Oct 1995 14:53:20 -0500

Howdy list: I'm a (relatively) new subscriber and now that I'm confortable
with my place in the CP knowledge heirarchy (somewhere near the bottom), I
wanted to post an introduction and a query:

I've been a collector of CP for about 5 years now: Bought my first VFT at
Woolworth's, out of pity (the worst reason to purchase, I know). When it
didn't die that first year, but thrived and divided, I was emboldened enough
to broaden my range of cultivars. I won't bore you with details,but my
still-very-amateur collection now includes 27 varieties.

Which brings me to my question for the assembled expertise:

For the first time in our new house in Northern Virginia, I will be
overwintering plants in a 55-gal acrylic aquarium in our unheated garage
(temps down to a low of about 40 inside last winter (20s or lower outside)

In terms of which to subject to the cold, the Sarracenias and VFTs are easy,
but I'm not sure how low to take some of my other plants. If anyone can shed
any light (or heat) on whether I should chill the following varieties, I'd
appreciate any wisdom, either personally ( or to the group. My
other winter alternative is a basement rough-in fitted with florescent grow
lights and plastic sheeting .... 75 or so during the day, low 70s to high 60s
at night, although I can rig to go slightly colder if need be maybe a high of
70 during the day and low to mid 60s at night)

Thanks in advance:

Heliamphora minor
Cephalotus follicularis
Drosera adelae
Drosera aliciae
Drosera binata T-form
Drosera capensis
Drosera intermedia x brevifolia
Drosera venusta
Nepenthes andrewsii
Pinguicula xscythos
Utricularia longifolia
Utricularia calycifida
Utricularia subulata