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    Hi,

    This might sound like basic Bio 101, but when people mention that a lot of sundews can self-pollinate, does that still require human intervention to apply the pollen to the stigma? Or will pollen somehow "magically" find itself there via wind, etc?

    I have a two pots of spatulatas that have 8 to 10 stalks each and although the flowers are pretty, the old ones haven't formed seed pods yet and it's been a couple of months now. I ask because I haven't pollinated them myself and just assumed it would invariably do it itself.
    Thanks!

    Johnny

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    They do NOT need human intervention at all. And spatulatas are the guppy of the CP world... that and capensis.

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    ^nice, thanks Jim.

    Oh and by the way, all your dews that you sent me are doing great--getting larger and very dewy! I will probably have to separate them soon; however, since I put them all in one container in the beginning. Thanks again.

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    Most Drosera self pollinate when the flowers close from wilting, pushing the anthers onto the stigma.

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    You're very welcome!

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