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    I too find that my Drosera capensis "red" really takes even more light than most other CP to color-up well.
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    Joseph,
    The way people talk when germinating seed for this plant, it's a crap shoot whether they get true red or not. Do you think it's because they just subject them to their normal conditions and give up whem they don't turn bright red?

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    Joe,
    I have had the same thought. You are probably, right-on, this "red" D. capensis really needs lots of light before it looks any different from an ordinarily colored plant. I would guess, too, that lots of people do as you suggest, and wind up believing the seed were producing normal colored plants. If only the use of, too much light, were more common, then those kinds of problems would happen much less often.

    I know that it is possible for this not to come true from seed, but in my experience, it rarely happens. I've grown hundreds of these from seed and they've all been quite red under good conditions. Perhaps if the seed were an intentional cross with the normal colored forms, then it might show more variation.



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    I received some D. capensis 'Albino' seeds from Bob Ziemer in the summer of 2004 I think, and turns out they were D. capensis (Red), very red in fact, and would color up very easily under 90 watts of light.





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    Nice plants Ben! Nice plants indeed!

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    Sounds like a labeling accident. Too bad the seed are not red or white. Did you eventually get your Drosera capensis 'Albino'?



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    Thanks. Not until a long time later, but I didn't find out that they were the 'red' variety until a year ago, kinda weird, but there's a whole story behind that. Because of space limitations, my plant was moved to a windowsill, and often I forgot to water it, and then it was moved to my bathroom counter, where it got really green and unhappy. Now it's on the growshelf, and the growth point is burned, but it should be ok. What's interesting is that the lil D. capensis 'Albino' seedlings (or rather stunted adults, because I sowed them maybe a year ago) that share the same pot as the D. capensis (Red) did not grow at all during this several month period that the pot was neglected, and only now that they are in sufficient light are they growing. Sorta like they went dormant, but their leaves stayed green and didn't brown. (You can see them in the first pic, which was taken in April, but they were sowed in mid December. They are still the same size as in the April pic.)

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    Ben,
    Those look like D. capensis 'Albino'..
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    Seriously, really nice plants.

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    Joe

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