Hello, how are you doing?
How easy is the D. binata complex as a whole, like dichotoma, var. extrema and all of that to grow? I want to grow it outside, I have a few tropical Drosera thriving in my climate outside...
Here is my climate...
Nighttime Temps: 60-70F
Nighttime Humidity: 65%+ (goes from 65% even up to 100%)
Daytime Temps: The cool summer subtype (Köppen: Dfb) lies north of the warm summer subtype; in North America, from about 44°N to 50°N in the east but places of adequate precipitation as far north as 54°N in the Canadian Prairie Provinces and below 40°N in the high Appalachians, separated by the 22°C isotherm for the warmest month from the Dfa climates (which passes near Minneapolis, Minnesota and Grand Rapids, Michigan).Summer temperatures in this zone are usually between 70 F and 85 F during the daytime. - Wikipedia
Daytime Humidity: During the spring it's warm and dry in the air, in late Spring it's hot and dry, about now it starts to get hot and wet out, for instance, on Monday it will be 90F temps and near 100% humidity. Usually it's hot and wet around here in Summer and just plain humid and warm in Fall, however, occasionally it can be dry and humid in the day in the summer but about 70% of the time it's hot and wet in the air, I didn't discover this until now and I saw the humid weather forecast. Eek...
Pot: 5-8 inch pot maybe more
Media: 2 parts Sphagnum peat to 1 part sand to 1 part perlite. Or I could do 1:1:1.
I'm interested in getting one, so can someone please help? I'm mainly worried about the humidity really, how much sunlight do they like? Partial sun? Bright shade? Is full sun okay? I have a few tropical Sundews that are thriving and have nice amounts of dew in my climate outside in full sun with no special treatment, but, I'd like to know about the entire D. binata complex. I'm extremely sorry I'm asking, I Googled it and looked on Barry's site but could not find any specific cultivation info.
What's confusing to me is in Peter D'Amato's "The Savage Garden" he has D. binata growing on a sunny porch in a pot in California where the climate is Mediterranean (as CC is 50 miles North of San Francisco and San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate) and Mediterranean climates are dry according to Wikipedia. Yet, people say that all Sundews need humidity and then no mentions of it with the Binata complex but it is shown growing in California in Peter D'Amato's book.
Man, I'm extremely confused.
P.S. It says my climate in the US climate thingermabobber is "Humid Continental" hot humid summers and long cold winters.