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Carnivorous plants in winter

Carnivorous plants in winter: Generalities

In the cultivation of carnivorous plants, it is very important to always try to keep in mind what is the climate or place of origin of the various species. This can help us on many occasions, especially in the case of illness or problems related to the growth or development of the capture apparatus. Knowing for example that a Nepenthes grows in tropical forests, can suggest a cultivation in a warm, bright and very humid place, unlike a Sarracenia, which living in temperate places like North America, needs a much more varied climate .
Usually not having this information is the main reason that very often causes the death of carnivores with the arrival of winter.
Keeping a Dionea muscipula near the radiator during the winter, will not be able to do anything else other than causing the death of the same in a short time, while leaving a splendid Nepenthes outdoors will make it perish with the arrival of the first cold ones.
For these reasons, it is necessary to always know what the climate needs of our loved ones are, otherwise we will collect failures one after another.
In the specific case, winter is the most critical period for all growers, due to various factors, such as a drop in temperature or a decrease in the daily photoperiod (amount of light).
For this reason, some of the most beautiful carnivores need a long rest period, similar to the lethargy of some animals, during which they will protect themselves from the cold and defend themselves from the almost total lack of prey. Among these plants, those that require this climate are for example Sarracenie and Dionea, which manage to survive even with temperatures well below 0.
During the rest of these plants, it will only be necessary to check that our substrate is moist, and that persistent frosts do not harden the peat for too long, preventing the plant from drinking.
Other plants, on the other hand, such as Nepenthes and some Drosere, do not need resting periods, and for this reason it is necessary to keep the climatic and cultivation conditions intact.
And it is here, that often, many plants find death, due to too rigid temperatures or due to excessively dry and poorly lit climates.
It will therefore be necessary to adopt some simple and ingenious systems to try to get our loved ones to the following spring. Some of these are, for example, small locks located near windows or balconies, or for example terrariums with heating and lighting systems.
The important thing, however, is always to know what the real needs of our plants are, especially in winter, which put our "hunters" to the test more.
The last advice is to reduce the water supply to tropical plants, which due to slower growth, could suffer from a root rot.