Its been about 5 years now since I started growing all my Sarracenia, Venus Flytraps and North American Drosera outdoors. Still nothing makes me panic more than cold weather.
We are in the midst of some very cold weather right now. Last night we recorded the coldest night of the winter (so far), -15C, that’s 5F for all my US friends! THAT’S COLD. Granted for some of the folks in other parts of Canada who may read this, they’re probably saying to themselves “that’s a warm winter’s day” LOL. Today we recorded our coldest winter high temperature, -8C, 18F. Looks like we’re staying in this pattern for a few more days! By next week we should be back above freezing.
So why am I so freaked out, I’ve been doing this for years… hell, I live in Canada and it gets cold! Well, the main reason is snow! That horrible white crap (sorry snow lovers) acts as a thick toasty blanket, keeping the plants protected from the dry winter air that sucks the moisture out of the ground (freeze drying). It also protects the plants from the horrible cold temps. Bog temps under snow remain at a constant 0C or 32F (give or take). So that’s why I’m freaked… there is NO SNOW. We’ve had one good 20cm snowfall this winter and that’s pretty much it. It so happened we’ve had some balmy (by our standards) January weather earlier this month. Temps between 10 and 17C, 50-63F for a few days got rid of the snow. Haven’t had any significant accumulation since!
Granted, my bogs are covered in 10-20 cms of pine needles. That helps protect from the drying winds… so everything should be fine!