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    Recently my D. Capensis has stopped dewing and the leaves are dying at an incredible rate.

    I suspect it has something to do with this awful weather we've been having lately. I also thought it might be due to overcrowding.

    So I've repotted it into two (larger) pots, hopefully without damaging the roots. Anyone else having sundew problems caused by heat, or am I just missing something?

    Also, the last time I repotted a capensis, I seem to have stunted its growth. I'm hoping that doesn't happen again.

    This latest repotting endeavour involved pure sphagnum moss, while the previous attempt saw perlite, peat and sphagnum.

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    The capensis I bought from FEF is undergoing the same thing. The leaves are dying off fairly quickly and there isn't much dew on the remaining ones. However, I did notice that there are some new leaves forming. These are of a lighter shade of green than the older leaves, and some of these have dew on them at times.

    But I'm not about to repot it at the moment, as the plant, despite its many dead/dying leaves, is flowering for me! Soon, I should have a lot, a lot of seeds judging by the no. of flowers on that stalk!

    Btw, my D.intermedia, which is placed close to my capensis outside, is dewing very well. Thus, unless the capensis has radically diff requirements from the intermedia, I don't think it's weather. Prob just nature taking its course?

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    Bleah. What accursed luck. Yes, mine put out new, paler leaves too, but they tend to be somewhat stunted on the old one. The new one that I repotted used to send up flower stalks, but they died before flowering.

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    This is really interesting, because my D. capensis (not from FEF but from SPA next to FEF) stop dewing two weeks ago. After that all the leaves died. I checked the root but they were fine. Therefore, I cut away all the leaves and replanted the roots in another pot. So far, the roots appear alive but there are still no leaves. I wonder is this a reaction to the heat in Singapore?

    Anyway, happy National Day!

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    Talk about flowering D. capensis. My plant also sent out three flower stalks over the couple of months that I had it. One flowered but the other two died before flowering. The flower stalk that flowered did not set any seeds, which is strange because all the books that I have read says that this species seeds freely. I am beginning to wonder whether what we have is D. capensis or some other sterile hybrids.

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    Yes, it appears I have strangely little luck with these capensis(es). I had no idea SPA sold any CPs apart from neps.

    The funny thing is that when I bought my second capensis, it was really healthy, and dewing quite freely. Perhaps I did something wrong that made it stop.

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    The seed pods of my capensis look like they're going to ripen in a few more weeks, so I'll know if it's sterile or not. If it's not, there're going to be lots of seeds!

    Anyway, I went to FEF Ridout Park today... there were many new CPs there! All the VFTs had traps which were opened and healthy. Some had many, many traps... perhaps a vigorous clone? I got a Ping from there as well. The capensis they had look healthier than the one I got a mth ago.

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    I've never succeeded with d.capensis. I've got 2 now and one is exactly like how you all described...making up of only juvenile light green leaves...like it's going to die soon. The other is growing but leaves are significantly smaller.
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