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    I've read in various places how flowering is detrimental to the health of Dionaea, and my question is a simple one: do Drosera suffer similar consequences when flowering?

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    Generally speaking, it requires a bit of energy to flower and for VFT's, especially ones that haven't had a dormancy and/or adequate lighting, it has the strong potential to do it in. However, from what I have observed, the worst I've had are a haggard looking plant (capensis, primuliflora). In some cases, the stalk comes up and the flower aborts (U. tricolor, P. cyclosecta). Only in the case of G. violacae have I seen both plant and flower mysteriously croak.

    Bottom line... I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Wonderful, as I just potted a new drosera, and it has grown stalks, but not yet flowered, and I was considering clipping them so as to allow the plant more energy to establish itself.

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    For some species I would say no...
    I have a paradoxa that was dying and still it did put up a flower stalk and that weakened the plant even more... So now i've cut the stalks of and my plant is improving a lot.

    So my conclusion would be that flowering could also be a last attempt to spread before the plant dies...

    Well thats what I think...

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    Yeah, it flowers when very happy or about to die... but mostly when it's happy. My paradoxa flower for several weeks (months?) and I know it's not out of survival. This colony is happy!


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    I let one of my new D. adelae bloom and it's doing fine. Growing like a weed. The flowers were tiny (1/8th inch) red little beauties. Now the seeds are still there, I guess maturing. I want to try germinating some now.

    When are they ready? Do they just fall off?

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    I've tried hand-pollinating the flowers and waited until the pods were black. I rubbed the pods and wasn't sure if I saw any actual seeds. Fortunately, this species perpetuates itself nicely through the roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I've tried hand-pollinating the flowers and waited until the pods were black. I rubbed the pods and wasn't sure if I saw any actual seeds. Fortunately, this species perpetuates itself nicely through the roots.
    I believe that you need more than one clone to successfully pollinate D. paradoxa... That's what I was told, at least. When my plant perks up and establishes, maybe we can trade shoots so we can get some seed going.
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