I’ve been growing pitcher plants successfully outside in container bogs for several years now. This spring as my bogs came out of dormancy I started to notice dozens of little sundews growing – most likely from seeds that arrived via a new pitcher plant addition. I was excited at the prospect of new carnivorous species in my bogs and proceded to watch them grow for a few months.
Unfortunately, all of the sundews now seem to be dying. The first sign is that the old leaves become brown, then the new leaves become smaller and the “dew” dries up until finally there is just a brown stump.
I think it could be fungus, but I’m not sure. After all, it has been 105 F on my balcony (literally) for 14 days, and that can’t help. But the way in which it affects certain plants leads me to think it is not environmental.
Does anyone have and ideas of what it is? And what I could do to stop it? Now that I've got them, I want to keep them!
Here are some basics:
- Plants in 50/50 peat/sand mix with some sort of moss growing on the top
- Watered with distilled water via tray method
- Get direct sun around 7 to 8 hours a day
- Surrounded by dozens of saracenias of all types and sizes, as well as grasses
- No other genera are impacted
- Affects sundews of all ages
All ideas are appreciated.
A drying one which has gone to seed.
Healthier ones in a different pot.