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QUESTION: I have a pitcher plant that has been growing inside all Summer. I just read where it needs cold weather to go dormant. Should I set it outside now?  The temps get to the low 50s at night. Or do I need to ease it into the outdoors. thanks

ANSWER: Hi Tim,

What kind of pitcher plant do you have?  Pitcher plant is a generic term for roughly 4 different genus of plants.  Is it a Sarracenia?

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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QUESTION: Yes it is a sarracenia.

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Hi Tim,

Yes, put it outside.  Just watch your temperatures.  50's isn't even remotely cold for a Sarracenia, and as long as temperatures are above freezing, you're fine.  If a cold spell threatens, then you'll need to bring it to a sheltered area such as a garage.  They can handle temperatures to the mid 20's for brief periods in their pots, but much colder than that and they need protection.  Here's some exceptions.  Super-cold hardy plants include S. purpurea ssp. purpurea, S. rubra jonesi and S. oreophila.  They will be fine in all but the coldest weather.  If your plant is S. rosea or S. purpurea ssp. venosa, just leave it in the window.  They do fine that way.  Hybrids are all over the place on hardiness.  Here's more information:  http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/Articles.asp?ID=258

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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