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    Struggling Drosera falconeri

    Wanted to know if you guys think this is normal growth. I received this plant on a very cold day. Did my research on the forum and set up "box" for it....think I have good growing conditions. The temp is just above 80 (I think) and the humidity is about 85%. My temp guage changes drastically as I move it around the box. The plant is about three inches below a 20 watt plant fluorescent coil bulb. I repotted in a shallow bowl with drain holes, and let the water level rise and fall with a couple days drying out period. While it is putting out a lot of leaves, it just appears stunted, the leaves are somewhat malformed, and the dew isn't consistent on the leaves. Any suggestions?

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    wow, looks like those old leaves were enormous. how long have you had it in this new setup? It looks like it might still be adjusting to your conditions.
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    my guess would be that if it went thru some shocking conditions on its way to you and then now a new home with a new "environment", its probably just adjusting. Keep with it!

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    I think that is what was so shocking to me. The plants were about three inches across, I got a couple of medium sized leaves, and then an abundance of these small leaves which are appx. 1 inch across. It has been in this setup for about a month.

    One concern I have, I read that they have a deep root system. The pots are only about 2 inches deep (aesthetic reasons only). Would they benefit with a deeper pot?

    I have been criticized for my lack of patience, so, I will hang in there. Thanks for your responses.

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    I can get anxious, too if my sundews aren't doing too well. I grew mine in a 4 inch pot, and it did well. For sundews with large roots, the taller the pot, the better, in my opinion.
    Since it's been in that setup for a month now, I might be a bit more concerned, but it could still be adjusting (some sundews take a long time to do this).
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    I make sure they have had food in the last month, then all you can really do is hold out. If you are giving them good light, good soil and some food here or there then theres nothing more you can do, its all in the plant adjusting. Just like the others said, ive had some plants take a month or more to adjust. Some adjust in a day, some just are tired and dont adjust well.

    what kind of light period is it on?
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    it appears to me that it might be going into dormancy.........
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    Falconeri goes through a hybernation period during which almost all the leaves die out. It may just be coming out of dormancy or it may have been shocked into starting up again.
    When hybernating, the recommendation is that you cut down on the humidity and heat and let the plant clue you in as to when it wants to come out of dormancy - generally in the form of new growth. It may simply be coming out of its slumber.
    I don't think your conditions are too bad. Falconeris come from the Northern Territory in Australia where it's sweltering hot and humid during summer and slightly cooler in winter. Try to provide them with those conditions.

    You can see the progression of mine here:

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