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    New Drosera owner

    Hey people Im new to this forum. I was never really a plant person and never had any plants of my own until last year. We were having a problem with gnats where I work in an office, and half-jokingly I was talking about getting a venus fly trap. It was funny because most of the people that I work with are nice old ladies that have very nice "normal" plants. After doing a little research I saw that the flytraps would not be ideal for my office environment, and neither would any other type of plant that would eat gnats. I did read that some sundews are very easy to grow and do not require difficult conditions, although still I thought the office would not work. I was shopping at Walgreens a drugstore and they had some sundews there for cheap. I figured what the heck, its only a few $$, ill bring it in to work and see what it does. I didnt have big expectations for it though, and I certainly did not think it would be viable enough to catch gnats. After about a week I noticed it had not done much, leaves were not dewy and alot of them didnt even have the little hairs on them, but it wasnt dying either so I was happy enough. After about another week or 2 I noticed that it started to sprout some new leaves though. Also some of the others were getting dewy. I was excited lol then finally after about a month it was catching gnats That was about 9 months ago now. In that time my sundew has been growing pretty well and catching lots of gnats. I dont know if its helped the office with the gnat problem -- we still get alot of gnats -- but at least my sundew can eat well. Im still not sure why it is doing so well in my office...I am not near windows although there is lots of artificial light all day long but there is very little humidity as well. Im sure it would be doing better if the conditions were better but it is certainly exceeding my expectations in the office. Anyway, I think my sundew has grown so well that I am probably going to re-pot it next week. The little pot that it came in is overflowing with the plant now, and there is even a second smaller sundew coming up next to my main original one. It definately looks like it needs more room. So I have been looking on some forums trying to find out how to properly re-pot them. I think I have found all of the info that I need, but I wanted to still sign up and post my feel good story of sundew survival on this site. Also if anyone has any pointers about repotting or anything else that you think I should know, go ahead and post up. Thanks.

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    Forgot to mention this. It seems like my sundew leaves do not curl up or move when they catch gnats. I have read in the past that they dont always, or maybe they just need to get bigger or healthier so Im not worried about it. It still looks like the plant is digesting them just not curling.
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    Congrats on getting the sundew to grow in your office. Any idea what kind it is?

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    I'm guessing its just the capensis cape sundew "typical". The leaves are green but red on the tips...its not the alba or the red-leaf or lance leaf or broad leaf or anything. I can take some pics and post them maybe tomorrow. I just bought a digital camera (cannon sd1000) the other day so i'll fire that up and get some pics on here for you.

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    haha that species is harder to kill than it is to grow.
    that is if it is capensis.
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    Welcome to the forum. Glad to see the sundew has you stuck on cp's enough to join us !
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    Welcome to TF!!

    My guess would be that it's a D. adelae, not a capensis. For one thing, you state the leaves don't curl around prey, and second, that it's adapted to somewhat lower light conditions than optimal. Third, it's formed a plantlet, possibly from runners, which adelae likes to do.

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