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    My Drosera Capensis has stopped producing tentacles

    For some reason, my Drosera Capensis has stopped producing tentacles. The plant is pretty small and I'm not sure what's wrong. It's growing in peat soil (no fertilizer). It gets watered with distilled water about twice a week. And it gets an hour or two of direct sun a day, the rest of the time is partially sunny.

    What's the problem?

    This is what a Drosera Capensis should look like:


    This is what mine looks like:
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    It looks like the humidity and unsufficient light have had its toll on it. If you keep it super damp for a bit and keep it in one spot it should be fine. I have heard of people having these plants die back completly to the root then come back. I have never had this problem so I can only suggest. I am currently putting an entire colony of capensis outside now that it is in the seventies. They are doing fine. Yours does look like a broad leaf though. it could be etoliation?

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    when you say 1-2 hours of direct sun, what do you mean. I thouht that capensis liked lots of sun. I don't know how much, as mine is growing fine on a 13-14 hour photoperiod in my room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S_Oregon_CP View Post
    It looks like the humidity and unsufficient light have had its toll on it. If you keep it super damp for a bit and keep it in one spot it should be fine. I have heard of people having these plants die back completly to the root then come back. I have never had this problem so I can only suggest. I am currently putting an entire colony of capensis outside now that it is in the seventies. They are doing fine. Yours does look like a broad leaf though. it could be etoliation?

    Mine is actually the narrow-leaf variety and it looked very healthy when it arrived last summer.

    I'm starting to think maybe it's too hot (80s here in Florida)
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    I highly doubt it's too hot. Mine grow outside in full sun year-round in california and they grow straight through the heat waves.

    I would say the problem is definitely light deprivation. If it's supposed to be narrow leaf, the reason why it's putting out broader leaves is to capture more light.

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    Agreed. Light. And IMO, a little bit more water might seem helpful.

    But is it me, or do you seem to have constant problems with your CPs? O.o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capensis View Post
    Agreed. Light. And IMO, a little bit more water might seem helpful.

    But is it me, or do you seem to have constant problems with your CPs? O.o
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    If I had to guess, I'd say sun. Perhaps finding a sunnier window or adding some artificial lights to the mix?

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