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    D. adelae too dry?

    While repotting my D. adelae recently I noticed way down toward the bottom of the pot the roots had many little plantlets growing on them.
    I have always wondered why these form way down deep where they cant reach the surface. I rarely get new plants breaking the surface.
    Could my pots be too tall / my water level too low?
    The pots I have them in are about 5 tall, and the water tray level about 1.5.
    Think its too dry near the surface?
    The plants seem to do well, but not great.
    I have them sitting in a bright north window and the leaves have that nice red tinge.
    Les

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    I think your setup is adequate, water level and all. They don't need as much light as most sundews. A south, east, or west window would help, though.

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    Thanks.
    I only have the north facing window in my office, no other choices.

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    Is the pot that you're growing them in a clear plastic/glass or a solid opaque color?

    Little plant-lets will attempt to grow under the surface of a clear pot as they can "see" the light.
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    Maybe you can obtain some artificial lighting?

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    My pots are opaque.
    I had them under lights when I first brought them to work, but the boss eventually started complaining about paying for the electricity to run my lights.
    Cheapskate.

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    Hah. You should tell him that he can bill you for the cost of running the lights - at commercial electricity rates running a few fluorescent bulbs costs dollars a month, if that much. Sounds like a fun workplace.
    Your conditions sound OK to me. D. adelae is just a little quirky about where it likes to make offsets. Pick them off and plant them on the surface and they'll be fine. Think of the buried sides as 400% extra grow space for propagating plantlets.
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    Actually it's a pretty good place to work, the boss is just a little cheap.
    He loves it when I ride my electric bike to work but after a couple of weeks starts complaining about the electricity to charge my batteries.
    Oh well.
    Maybe I need to start feeding my dews.
    Oh wait... that's another thread.

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