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    I have trouble with D. scorpiides and D. dichrosepa when summer came. I lost of the latter and some of the former. Some of the scorpioides also appeared dead but then greenery emerged later on. Not sure whether keeping them outside from May-October helped or hurt them. They probably experienced too much rain at times. I go back in forth in my approach - inside or out for the warmer months. I got the impression that they need day/night temp differential that indoorsdoesn't provide. But all the nitidulas, palacaeas, pulchellas,... didn't dieback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Some of the scorpioides also appeared dead but then greenery emerged later on.
    Sounds like they actually went fully dormant on you. Mine have gone dormant on me this year as apposed to the usual slow down in growth they have done in the past. Something I've noticed with my scorpioides is that if I direct the roots they send out back into the pot to anchor in the soil, the plant keeps growing. Whereas, if I just let them hang over the sides of the pot, the plants eventually begin to die. Anyone else had this happen?
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    So that was relatively normal behavior. I don't trust dormancy with Australian sundews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    So that was relatively normal behavior. I don't trust dormancy with Australian sundews.
    Me neither. It would be easier if they all went dormant at the same time, but they didn't. I couldn't cut back too much on my watering since only some of them were dormant. The majority were going strong. I compromised by keeping the soil moist but not wet and letting it dry out a little between waterings. Some of the dormant ones stayed permanently dormant and others made it through fine. No apparent rhyme nor reason as to which ones made it and which ones didn't as they were often next to each other.
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    I've had the same experience with them and when it comes to Petiolaris Complex, dormancy just plain = death. I've had better luck with D. adelae.

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    Steve: I meant to ask you... are 'white flower' & 'red flower' from the stock of plants that came to you as Vic Brown and Cephalotus88?

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    The 'white flower' I got from Cephalotus88 and the 'pink flower' I got from Vic Brown. I received both as plain D. scorpioides. As to whether the 'pink flower' is the actual 'pink flower' I don't know. All plants were grown from the gemmae I received back in Dec. of 2002.
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    Prolific little buggers, aren't they! As I recall, the ones fro Vic Brown were slower on the uptake.

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