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    Help for dying drosera

    After putting up 6 flower stalks, my drosera spatulata (not sure with the ID) slowed down on its growth to nearly no growth at all and seems to be dying slowly. What should I do? It is grown in tray system outside where it recievs full sun but it still doesn't have any dews on it. And by comparing the green parts on the plant, it looks a lot better when it was purchased because the entire pot was packed with green leaves.


    Picture taken Nov. 28, 2008-approximate date of purchase


    Picture taken Feb. 3, 2009 (just for the ID)


    Picture taken Feb. 10, 2009


    Thanks

    Melvin

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    Please put your location in your profile so we know what "outside" means. I see a spatulata too.
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    I'm from the Philippines.

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    Hmm. If you are from Philippines, then cold weather isn't a problem.

    How about light? To my understanding, the more light sundews get, the healthier they are.
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    Drosera spatulata often go through cycles of growth and semi-dormancy so they may not be dying. Save seed (dry store cold in the refrigerator) and resow as needed as Drosera spatulata live only a few years. I always reseed my pots whenever a plant flowers.
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    It looks like they aren't getting enough sun to me. My spatulata is a deep maroon color and has tons of dew. You may want to try and tinker with the lighting a bit.

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    Yes, growth is cyclic in this species and decline is often seen after a flowering period. When this happens I allow the tray to dry off for several days before adding more water. The plants do seem leggy, if outdoor grown a gradual move to more direct sunlight might be in order. I also suggest considering repotting which can correct any problems subsurface. Don't feed the resting plants and be sure there is good air circulation during their rest. I would also sow some of the abundant seed that will be produced, and try to raise the babies in conditions of full sun right from the start. Good luck!
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