Question can temperate carnivorous plants be trimmed down this time of year such as sarracenia, flytraps and drosera?
Answer Hi Dillon,
Yes, and it's a really good idea to do it too. We have a hard freezing coming in our area this upcoming week, and if you cut the leaves off of the plants it minimizes water loss from transpiration. This is often how plants die during extreme cold since they get "freeze dried" during cold, dry conditions. The roots can survive freezing otherwise.
The only plants I wouldn't trim all the way back are Sarracenia purpurea species and Sarracenia psittacina. Purpureas are more than tough enough to take the cold, and psittacina's don't have much of a rhizome, so you don't want to take all their leaves off. Just cover them well if your temperatures drop into the teens this week. That's my big project on Monday!
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