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Winter Care

Whether you grow your North American pitcher plants, sundews and venus flytraps in a dish garden or in your yard, winter care is easy.  They are cold-hardy to 20F in a pot and 0F in the ground. 

Dish gardens need protection if it gets below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  In Zone 7 and warmer dig a hole and put the planter in the ground.  Mulch with pine needles if it gets below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Alternately, if you live in a colder climate, over-winter your dish garden indoors.  Just make sure your plants aren't growing leaves in the winter; they need a rest!

If your plants are in the ground and the weather forecast is calling for sub zero temperatures (in the negatives), then mulch with six inches of pine needles.  A layer of pine needles is a good idea anyway; it holds in the moisture during the summer!