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    Drosera whittakeri question?

    I just recieved a tuber of D. whittakeri ssp. whittakeri and was wondering:
    1) Should I go ahead and pot it up in its media or wait til fall for cooler temps?
    2) I have heard these need a nightly temp drop but have also read of them being kept in constant 70-80F temps. Whats the scoop?
    3) I normally use a 2/1/1 mix of chopped LFS, sand, fine orchid bark. Is there a better mix for this particular species?
    4) I have kept tuberous Drosera but never this species. Any hints or tips for this particular species?

    Cannot seem to find much info on this species. Thanks all for any answers.

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    macamus- I have grown this species in the past and treated it just like all the peltata I grow. My mix of choice is 2 parts sand, 1 part peat. I like to use a larger grit particle of sand as well.

    The big question is did you receive this tuber from a grower here in the USA in its dormant stage? If this is a recent acquisition from say..Australia..then there may be a seasonal disruption going on and I don't know how to handle this situation. Pyro is a very good grower of the tuberous sundews...one of the best..and he may be able to help.

    If you received the tuber from a grower here in the states then I would go ahead and pot it up but don't water it until the fall. I am in the process of repotting all of my tubers now into fresh mix but won't water them until November or so. I grow mine all in an unheated greenhouse that can occasionally get into the low 40's during the winter so low temps like these shouldn't be a problem. All of my tuberous seem to begin growth in early winter in these cold temps so I think they may require a seasonal drop in temps anyways.

    But again...I'm not an expert in this field, just a successful grower and Pyro or someone else may need to fill you in on the rest. Sorry if I babbled!

    Good luck!

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    It is a tuber from a grower in CA. Do not usually get tubers this time of year. I had read, I believe in Savage Garden that this species tubers need to be kept somewhat moist during dormancy instead of dry? Which is how I keep my other tuberous dews. Thanks for the responce philcula. I am just going to treat as dormant and pot upm in the fall.

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