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    Drosera Prolifera

    I have posted this on several forums and to no avail. My recently purchased Prolifera seems to be barely doing well with only two leaves displaying dew.

    I cannot find specific care instructions for this particular species. If anyone has grow this plant with great success, please give me some tips.

    Also, I do not have a window that is extremely bright and it does not get direct sunlight for a long time.

    Please any help, I would love to see this puppy take off.
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    Do you have a fluorescent light? That would work just fine. Room temp is fine as well.

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    Yes I do. I tried putting it close to the light, perhaps it was to hot in my Bical terrarium. What about Humidity? I have a tendency to keep my plants pretty wet.
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    jimscott, how much light do they receive? I have a few plantlets from a flower stalk which I would like to transplant into media soon. Currently, they are still in a box with live sphagnum moss. Thanks!
    Last edited by Cindy; 12-06-2008 at 10:07 PM.
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    Here is some great info courtesty of Robert on http://www.omnisterra.com/botany/cp/...alld/0425.htm:
    (I quoted part of the message here)

    All three plants seem to thrive on high humidity,
    cooler temps, and very low light. Of the three,
    D. adelae is the easiest to grow, and D. schizandra
    the most difficult. None of the plants are slow
    growing if you give them the environment that they
    want, but I suspect most people give them too much
    light and not enough humidity.


    Because the leaves are almost tissue paper thin,
    it's difficult to get leaf cuttings to sprout
    before the leaf rots away. Tom Johnson and Rick
    Walker however gave me the secret to growing the
    Queensland sundews successfully. I grow mine in
    large clear glass spherical bowls. The medium is
    a very lite mix of perlite and peat, perhaps
    75% perlite, topped with straight peat. I've also
    grown D. schizandra in straight peat topped with
    live spaghnum. The roots of these plants are
    reasonably thick, though not as thick as the
    that of D. binata or D. natalensis. Growing in
    a clear bowl, or a clear plastic cup, the roots will
    sprout into new growth points where they hit the
    edge of the glass and are exposed to light. This
    is how I propagate these beautiful plants. I keep
    the soil damp, or just barely moist, but these plants
    seem to do better in well drained soils than the
    soggy soils which I've seen many drosera do well in.

    The plants get a very
    small number of foot candles each day, and what they
    do get is from indirect light, except for maybe an hour
    in the afternoon where they get some filtered direct
    sun. I keep the tops of the bowls sealed to keep the
    humidity up, and under this treatment my D. schizandra
    is doing very well, and all of my D. prolifera plants
    have dewey leaves for a change.
    Granted, I only have experience w/ D. adelae, but this advice is very straightfoward and makes sense to me.
    Last edited by CPlantaholic; 12-06-2008 at 10:24 PM. Reason: finally got the quote thing to work
    Visit The Sundew Grow Guides: http://www.growsundews.com
    New- Drosera video tours & other sundew info, now on YouTube!

    Happy Growing!

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    In chronological order, here is the same pot, with flower turn plantlet









    This has been on a rack, right at the living room sliding glass windows, open tray. There is also a Grolite a few inches above. The angle of the sun gets too vertical and doesn't shine on the top couple racks. There is only room / open tray humidity.

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    Awesome. That little excerpt was helpful andI hope true? Someone seemed to give me the impression that it liked high levels of light? maybe I misinterpreted him or he was wrong. At any rate I hope I can get mine to take off.

    All the pictures I have seen look like the leaves are so big! Mine seem shrimpy in comparison.
    Hopefully it will keep up the growth and I can get some flowers/planlets. How is this species in regards to self pollination?
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    The way to go seems to be with the plantlets. I've never gotten any seeds. Also, in the process of trying to send a plant to a hobbyist, I severed a leaf. For the lark of it I embedded the basal portion in media. That was a few weeks ago. Incredibly, that leaf hasn't turned brown or shriveled up. Not that I see anything extraordinary yet but the apparent life it still has is certainly promising.

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