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Leafy Sundew - Rare Carnivorous Species
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Leafy Sundew - Rare Carnivorous Species

Leafy Sundew - Rare Carnivorous Species

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Drosera stolonifera stolonifera forms a tuber to survive the hot, dry Summers in its native Australia. Fan leaved species such as Drosera stolonifera stolonifera tend to produce several sets of flowers. Some are produced at the ends of the stem, of about 6" tall, while others may be produced on separate scapes emerging from the centre of the rosette. Drosera stolonifera stolonifera is a species that forms rosettes for a few weeks or months before it producing seeds. The plants turn reddish and rust orange with age. An insectivorous plant, it can survive in nitrogen poor soils because it gets the nutrients it needs from insects. The upper surfaces of leaves are covered with hairs that secrete a sweet sticky substance. This attracts insects, which become smeared with it and unable to escape. The plant then exudes a digestive fluid that enables it to absorb most of the insect into its system. Growth occurs during the Winter months. It is important to respect the seasonal pattern of growth in cultivation. Once the plant starts to die back and enter dormancy the soil should be allowed to gradually dry out as the plant starts storing up energies in the tuber for the next season's growth. During the Summer the pot should not be watered. Tuberous Sundews can only be repotted when dormant, as the stem connecting the tuber to the soil surface is delicate. Hardiness zone 9, (-5 C/25 F) in Winter. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is preferable. Temperatures above 25 C/78 F can cause them to die back and will kill seedlings. Temperatures should be kept between 20 C/25 C, 68 F/76 F. They require seasons in order to survive long term. They need a dormant period of about 3 months in Summer. At this time the compost should be allowed to dry slightly. They grow well in a standard sand/peat moss, which can be anything from 50% to 70% peat moss. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. The humidity should be between 60-80%. As long as the plants are kept cool and get lots of light, they are very tough and easy to grow. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Water must be distilled or rain water because they do not tolerate city or hard water. Use the water tray methode when in growth in Winter. Place a pie pan or large saucer, with about an inch of water in it, under the pot. Elevate the pot by placing pebbles under it so that the base of the pot is barely in contact with the water, not submerged; the growing medium must stay moist, but never soggy. This will keep the humidity around the plant higher and it will ensure that the plant has a constant source of moisture.