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I have a Purple Pitcher plant and a Venus Flytrap.  It is my first time growing.  They have been primarily on a window sill and doing really well.  After hearing how important dormancy is I moved them outside just in time for our first freeze, light snow.  The medium they are planted in is frozen as well as water in the dishes they are sitting in (it rained last night).  Will they be OK or did I make a mistake?

I live in KY ( zone 6 I think).

When moving cold hardy plants from indoor conditions to outdoor conditions, we recommend doing so at a time when the plants can experience a gradual change in weather conditions. An appropriate time to have moved your plant outdoors would have been in mid-September.  This would allow your plants time to produce necessary chemicals to help them withstand freezes.

I recommend bringing them back indoors for the winter.  It's not optimal, but you have a better chance of having them surviving the winter at this point.  Place them in the sunniest windowsill of your home, preferably a south window with direct sunlight.  Keep the plant close to the window.  

Over the next week, leaves on your plants will die off.  This is normal and unavoidable.  Clip off dead leaves as they occur.  Only time will tell if they will survive the extreme environmental changes.  It may take at least two months before you see new growth again.  Next spring, after your the risk of frost has passed, you can acclimate your plant for outdoor growing.

I highly recommend watching our Volume 1 DVD.  It shows you how to care for cold hardy plants during the winter months.  We also have general information on our website.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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