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    I have several capensis in a terrarium, with other sundews and Pings.
    I have had no problem with these plants for several years now.
    But recently I've noticed ALL the capensis are turning brown

    I kept the humidity rather high lately, over 90%.
    I'm not sure, but perhaps my problem could be fungus caused by the high humidity.
    Anyone have any helpful answers?

    walter

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    Could be lots of things. What are your conditions?

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    in nature Capensis grows in somewhat arid conditions hence one of the reasons of it being so hardy. how much air circulation are you giving it? giving it way more humidity than it needs can be dangerous to one... good luck.
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    PS if its rot then they might not grow back from the roots.
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    Or start over and keep them at the window sill, open tray. They do well for me that way.

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    I suspect the high humidity and lack of circulation may be the problem. Is it too late to save these plants then?
    Should I still treat with a fungicide?

    walter

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    Fungicide may help, but I don't know if it's necessary. Try uncovering the terrarium and putting it in a location where there's a modest amount of air circulation. Most Drosera and Pinguicula should do fine with household conditions - mine have seen seasons where the average daytime humidity gets down to 20% or lower, and they didn't so much as flinch. Rotted capensis should come back from roots after a few months; if not I'm sure you can find plenty on the trading forums. I could give you more capensis seed than you'd know what to do with.
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    When was the last time you replanted it with fresh media? They do much better with regular replanting into fresh media.
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    Thanks everyone for all the help.
    Joe, If I lose these plants I may need a few seeds...

    Joseph, It's been a long time since the media has been replaced with fresh. That could be another issue.
    I'm currently decreasing the humidity and allowing for better air circulation.
    One question: won't the decrease in humidity also decrease the
    "dew"?


    walter

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