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    Hardy Drosera?

    I’ve been unable to find a suitable answer on the Net so I thought I’d ask my multi-part question here…

    1. Which Drosera are capable of holding their sticky nectar out of a terrarium?

    2. If one lives in a medium-to-low humidity area of the US (Zone 5 in fact), which Drosera are good at living indoors as a houseplant??

    3. Is there a great difference in the abilities of the temperate and tropical species for “holding their juice”??


    I guess I’m looking for some hardy species that would be good for a beginner.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    I’ve been unable to find a suitable answer on the Net so I thought I’d ask my multi-part question here…

    1. Which Drosera are capable of holding their sticky nectar out of a terrarium?

    2. If one lives in a medium-to-low humidity area of the US (Zone 5 in fact), which Drosera are good at living indoors as a houseplant??

    3. Is there a great difference in the abilities of the temperate and tropical species for “holding their juice”??


    I guess I’m looking for some hardy species that would be good for a beginner.

    Thanks,
    1. All species. They do not grow in terraria in their natural habitats. As long as the conditions are sufficient they should grow. It all depends on where you live. A terrarium just provides a microclimate that you can to a certain extent control light, humidity/moisture and temperature. If I were living on the northern coastal region of Western Australia I could grow petiolaris complex Drosera in my backyard.

    2. Temperate species and sub-tropicals. You live in the natural range of Drosera rotundifolia, and perhaps D. intermedia and D. anglica. Why not grow them outdoors? D. rotundifolia may not be a good beginners plant because it seems to spend half of the time in dormancy but if you can get hold of the 'Charles Darwin' cultivar it should be a lot easier growing. Otherwise look at the suggestions in the linked thread above.

    3. Given the sufficient growing conditions there is probably very little difference between species.
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    abilities of the temperate and tropical species for “holding their juice”??
    : Not too much.

    You should grow D. Capensis.

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    What's more important is having enough good light and clean H2O for the little guys. I'm partial to growing indoors due to my frustration w/ crittters. It's a control thing I suppose D. capensis would be a good starter for you, check out the ICPS website too for more ideas.
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    as a newby i killed more Drosera in the enclosed high humidity of a terrarium than due to any other cause. lots of light plus good air circulation is best. keep teh soil wet via a water tray and all should do good. mine have no problem holding their dew when the cold and central air drop the ambient humidity in my house to 15%. good light does more for dew production than most anything else ive found, for me atleast
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