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    Hungry Drosera - Dialup Warning

    I've been meaning to start feeding my Drosera and Pinguicula. I kept putting it off, but also kept reading how it can benefit the plants. So I finally dug out my freeze dried blood worms and some sun dried gammarus (baby shrimp) that I had. I put some bloodworm and shrimp in a bowl and crushed them all up together. The shrimp were a bit tricky, but finally got them ground down.

    I think my sundews enjoyed their dinner, what do you think?

    D. sessilifolia or is it D. burmannii?


    D. trinervia


    D. oblanceolata Sunset Peak, Hong Kong


    D. admirabilis


    It's quite a dramatic affect that's lasted for a few days. Some of my other Drosera have already completely unfurled their leaves and made dew again. The Pings are a bit less greedy with their food.

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    one thing for sure they sure look hungry

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    God what gluttonous little piggies you are growing! :-) They must be so happy getting some extra food! Beautiful droseras Crystal! :-)

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    Thanks for the comments guys!

    They are hungry little piggies. I plan to start feeding them once every 2-3 weeks to once a month if things go well.
    Where do we go when we just don't know,
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    Great dews as always!
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    Yes, feeding works wonders with sundews! I don't know why this fact isn't stressed more in cultivation.

    I had 3 small D. dielsiana plantlets I received in a trade that didn't grow for 6+ months. A month after feeding them Beta fish food pellets, they grew 10x the size and are sending up flower spikes. I will post some pics by the end of the week.

    After observing the effects of feeding on my Dielsiana, I tried it on my larger D. admirabilis plants. They are also sending up flower stalks now. It seems that feeding triggers flowering and exponentially increases growth.

    Thanks for sharing, Crissytal!
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    Happy Growing!

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    Thanks for the information CPlantaholic! It sounds like it makes a big difference with their growth. I'd imagine if they suddenly became happy, they'd have plenty of energy to spare on making new leaves and flowers. I'd love to see your pictures! Please do post them. How often do you fertilize yours? I'm deciding if I want to try it every two weeks, or just go once a month like I do my Nepenthes.

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    Yeah, you will probably notice larger leaves are being produced in a few weeks- and most likely flowers! They seem to "pour out" leaves rather than putting one out every 4 days or so...
    I feed mine every 2 weeks. I give them the extra week to "recover". They tend to grow so fast that they turn green when fed every week). I wait until they start to develop red coloration on the leaves again and load up with dew.
    Feeding is tedious work, but well worth it. I'm trying to come up with a fast way to feed them, rather than placing individual pellets on each leaf- when you have 100 sundews or so, that's a lot of leaves to feed!

    Yeah, my camera is back at home, so I'll upload them from the camera this weekend when I go home (spring break! ya! )
    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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