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    My D. madagascariensis plants are getting too big to support themselves and have finally toppled over. They really don't look the best toppled over, so what I want to know is if there's any way I can prop them back up. Is that even feasible? Is this just normal for this species? Should I just leave them alone?

    See, the thing is, I'm planning on turning a couple of my 10 gallon tanks into classic terrariums. I want to transplant these sundews into one of the classic terrariums, but having toppled sundews on display isn't my idea of "good-looking." Should I just leave them the way they are and transplant them?

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    Hey,
    I love D. madagascariensis! They are pretty tolerant of everything. You could prop 'em up. Or you could cut them off and they'll probably spring up from the roots. Or you could make leaf cuttings. It all works great! The ones I've left toppled over continue to grow, and new plants come from the brown stem. If you wait a while, you'll get a new plant soon enough, then you can cut off the toppled over one. Right now I'm doing a little experiment where I chopped the top inch or so off a toppled plant and just stuck it straight in some peat/sand. It's still green after a few weeks, and expect something to happen soon.

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    Ah, excellent advice Capslock! I think I might just try cutting them off at the base of the stem, just because they're SO long. Hopefully they'll return from the roots!

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    Hey if you cut them off, make a bunch of leaf cuttings from the good part. You'll end up with lots of 'em!

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    Oh really? I'll do it! Should I just stick them straight into peat or what?

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    well with that many cuttings I'd say experiment!!! stick a few straight in peat, put a few in distilled water by themselves (many sundews produce many plantlets this way) and lay a few on there side on different mediums to see what takes best.

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    I agree. Most people swear by the water method, but I just snip a leaf off and put it on the same peat/sand it was growing in, but put a pinch on the ends to hold it down. Experiment!

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    Thanks for the input Zac and Capslock [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Hopefully I'll have a whole army of D. madagascariensis within a few months!

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