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    I'm not sure what's the best soil mixture for Drosera capensis...peat/sand, peat/perlite, or something entirely different?

    Also, I have a problem with distilled water...exactly how often will I need to buy it?
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    D. capensis will grow in anything. Peat/sand, peat/perlite, peat, LFS, it doesn't really matter. A 50/50 peat sand mix would be your best bet though.

    And as for the water, just buy more whenever you need more.

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    Soil media is one of those things that if you ask 5 people, you get 4 that are variations of one another and 1 that seems off the wall - and yet all will work. Here's my opinion: Get some pool filter sand ($8) and a bag of Canadian peat ($5) - not Scott's brand - from Home Depot or Lowes. Use a collander to rinse the peat and a bucket to rinse the sand. Put it together in a pot and add plant. Any grocery store or Walmart should have the distilled water (<$1/gallon). If you fill the container the pot is in (open tray method) to an inch and add water when less than half an inch. it should last you a few weeks.

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    Okay, thanks for the quick reply, both of you!

    My mom is making this really hard for me...when I told her I'd have to buy some distilled water every once in a while, she got annoyed and kept asking, "Why can't you use tap water? Or the water from the filter, it's clean too!" It seems that she seems more okay with impulse buys, rather than one of my "obsessions". If I saw a sundew at Home Depot, for instance, she'd be perfectly fine with letting me buy it and watch it die within a few days. But, if I try to be responsible and take care of it accordingly, she gets annoyed and thinks I'm wasting time, or something like that.

    Edit: Do I need to use distilled water to clean the sand and peat?
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    Yeah, you should use distilled water for the washing.

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    Or you can use rain water if you have some available.
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    Ok...thanks.

    By the way, Jim, I asked my mom about the sundew thing again...and when I told her it was free, she said, "Oh, well if it's free, bring it home then, I don't care." Asian parents.
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    I personally use a 50:50 peaterlite mix for my cape sundew. I have had my one plant have as many as 3 flower stalks at the same time.
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