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    Well, the thing is that I sowed the seeds a few days after I got 'em, which was in August, 2004. They grew in less-than-optimal conditions, with little light. I let them grow for a few months, but then I turned off their lights and just forgot about them (I was a beginner at the time, and discouraged). But, then I made a new terrarium that was good for them, and all of them died (from shock). Except, some had little stems because of the low light, and 2 little plants popped outta one stem, and grew fast. I had to seperate them, since one would've died. I fed the larger one more than the smaller one, and it is much larger and healthier. That is the one in the pic. The smaller one doesn't have erect leaves yet.

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    Oh, I see. Then it seems to be a bit hard to specify exactly what it is, although it looks like 'All Red' at least in the appearance. Or in case that 'Alba' is crossed with another variety with a similar shape, it is difficult to recognise it unless its offsprings by self pollination germinate.

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    I have put my plant about 2 inches closer to the light, so now it is about 3-4 inches away from a 26 watt light. I also noticed that my baby plant's unfurling leaves are in knots, and aren't straight like my other cape dew. When I looked at pictures of the 'red' form of D. capensis, I also noticed these 'knots', and not in any other form of D. capensis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Drosera36 @ Jan. 21 2006,1:59)]I have put my plant about 2 inches closer to the light, so now it is about 3-4 inches away from a 26 watt light. I also noticed that my baby plant's unfurling leaves are in knots, and aren't straight like my other cape dew. When I looked at pictures of the 'red' form of D. capensis, I also noticed these 'knots', and not in any other form of D. capensis.

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    Actually, some other forms can have leaves unfurling like that, too. And some types of what are called 'All Red' are rather like other forms than your 'knot-forming' plant (somehow the forms which turn red are all named in the same way). In addition, a hybrid can reflect the features of its parents, so it is possible that your plant sends up new leaves in that way.

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    Well, after growing a few weeks closer to the lights, a bit has changed with my plant. I noticed that the older leaves turn 100% red, and the crown is also 100% red. Only the bottoms of the leaves where they meet the crown are red. Otherwise, they are a redish green with tons of dew and very red tentacles. Plus, its leaves are long.

    You can also see the knot in the new leaf:


    And how the old leaves are red:


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    How about hair? Do the leaves have hair?

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    Nope, they don't seem to have any hair at all. Why?

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