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    Drosera schizandra cultivation/propagation questions

    Hello,
    Thankfully, my quest for this plant is nearing its end...I'm expecting to receive one within the next few days!

    I know that this plant likes low light levels and high humidity, but are there any other considerations I should be aware of? Also, does this plant grow relatively fast? I've heard that it can take a very long time to propagate D. schizandra by standard root/leaf cutting methods, is there any way to accelerate the process? Thanks,
    Nile

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormbringer View Post
    Hello,
    Thankfully, my quest for this plant is nearing its end...I'm expecting to receive one within the next few days!

    I know that this plant likes low light levels and high humidity, but are there any other considerations I should be aware of? Also, does this plant grow relatively fast? I've heard that it can take a very long time to propagate D. schizandra by standard root/leaf cutting methods, is there any way to accelerate the process? Thanks,
    Nile
    Nile,
    Good luck w/ your plant.

    Here are some threads w/ info on my & other's experiences growing these guys:
    Schizandra 1 Schizandra 2

    Quote Originally Posted by stormbringer View Post
    I've heard that it can take a very long time to propagate D. schizandra by standard root/leaf cutting methods, is there any way to accelerate the process?
    I'm not too sure where you heard this... While I was initially skeptical of Lowrie's assertion (in vol 3) that these plants were easy to propagate via leaf cuttings, I figured I'd give it a shot. My initial group of plantlets came from volunteers from surface roots or from older leaves that were decaying under the newer ones on my 'mother' plant. Here is a pic of plantlets forming on 2 smaller leaves on 04.01.07:


    Here's a pic of the same plantlets on 05.08.07:


    They have continued growing well and are larger today, starting to get fairly crowded in their small container. They are growing on a thin bed of moist live LFS in a closed clear plastic container kept in a north-facing window. I placed the 2 leaves on the LFS and spread a few small pieces of LFS on top of the leaves to ensure they stayed moist (but not enough to obscure the light). I don't have the date I originally placed the leaves in the container immediately available (sorry) but IIRC, it was sometime in March.

    BTW - little to none of this info is originally mine (ie: discovered by me). It's all out there in the forum's old posts (& some from SundewMatt's Yahoo Sundew group archives). I love the amount of valuable info growers share in these forums!

    I hope this helps. Good luck again.
    All the best,
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    your plants are really pretty... i've never had luck with them...
    good luck with all the little plantlets that you have...!

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    What are your day/night temps?

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    Man, these things grow so slow!!!!!!

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    Thanks for the info, its certainly encouraging...it looks like your plantlets are doing really well!

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    I tried growing this species once and it didn't do well for me. Next time I try this plant I think I'll keep it in a covered fishbowl terrarium on a north-facing windowsill, since I believe that high light levels and low humidity were my little guy's downfall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    What are your day/night temps?
    These guys grow well for me all winter. The daytime temps come up to 70-72*F typically and nighttime is probably in the low to mid 60's*F.

    Since we let the summer temps get much higher (minimal A/C), these plants get very unhappy (bleached & smaller leaves, slower growth, etc). This year, I am trying to over-summer them under lights in a basement tank. They were relocated about a month ago and so far, things are going well....
    All the best,
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