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    Really long D. binata multifida

    A couple of months ago I got some multifida (multi-fork sundew). They all had their typical stems and forks and was about 4 - 5" tall. One of the plants started to send up some really long stems. I figured it was sending up a shoot to flower. I had let it go to try my hand at pollenating and sowing the seeds. The others, I've been propogating through leaf cuttings. I went to check on it today and noticed that those long stems (some reaching 1.5 - 2 feet) were not flower stalks, but were stems to the multi-forked leaves. Is this normal? From the pictures I've seen of this plant, I've never seen the stems that long.

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    Unless you really blast them with light (IE, grow them outdoors in full sun) these guys get gangly - there's no way around it. Grow it in a hanging basket or leave it outside during the warm season.
    By the way, D. binata strains aren't self-fertile - you need another nonidentical plant to produce seed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Unless you really blast them with light (IE, grow them outdoors in full sun) these guys get gangly - there's no way around it. Grow it in a hanging basket or leave it outside during the warm season.
    By the way, D. binata strains aren't self-fertile - you need another nonidentical plant to produce seed.
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    But, of course, there are some Drosera binata that are self-fertile, and can get as weedy as many other self-fertile Drosera.
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    Really? I'd never heard of a self-fertile individual. Just goes to show you can't always go by experience, I guess. In any case, the general wisdom is that they aren't - if you find that your plant does produce viable seed, please send me a cutting!
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    I can attest to multifida extrema being self fertile.. I have many babies growing in pots next to "infertile" plants. lol


    Also, you can readily tell a flower from a typical leaf by the fiddlehead stem.. if it unrolls from over the top its a flower.. if it unrolls from under its a leaf... This trait is true in every D. binata form I have grown to date.

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    They also propogate very well through leaf cuttings.

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    vft guy, I did not know about the different type of curlings. That's neat. I'll have to keep an eye on that.

    I've been doing the leaf cuttings that I had seen someone make a pictoral instruction page. I've gotten some really good results from doing that. The multifida seem to be slower at propogating from leaf cuttings in comparison to the "regular T-shaped" binata.

    If I'm reading it correctly, I may need to get some more lighting for my multifida. It is the lack of light that is causing one of them to become very long.

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    Are the offspring of multifida extrema backcrosses self-fertile, or even viable? Does the selfing trait breed true with others in the binata group?
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