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    There's other reasons they might be not doing too great. I help my sundews (which are in a WEST facing window with about 2-3 hours of sunlight a day) get along by adding a set of lights above them.

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    It would be helpful if you would tell us where you are located and the growing conditions for your plants (temperatures, relative humidity, lighting).

    These plants will grow under a wide range of conditions which is why they are considered beginner's plants.

    If you are growing them using sunlight most carnivorous plants probably need at least 4 hours of direct full sunlight daily.

    It sounds like more light would be helpful but then again the plants may just need a few more weeks to adjust to your conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcantrell View Post
    There's other reasons they might be not doing too great. I help my sundews (which are in a WEST facing window with about 2-3 hours of sunlight a day) get along by adding a set of lights above them.
    Which window is best depends on local conditions. I grow many of my South African and Australian Drosera, Mexiccan Piguicula and Cephalotus all year round on my east facing window. Plants will cook in the brutal afternoon sun on my west facing window in the summer and fall.

    In general you want to use whichever window gets the most direct sunlight but you have to beware of afternoon temperatures.
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    Depending on the species, sunlight is not not the only factor. Some tropical sundews stop producing dew when in temperatures above 90 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    Depending on the species, sunlight is not not the only factor. Some tropical sundews stop producing dew when in temperatures above 90 degrees.
    I wonder if that's why my Adelae has sent up a flower at the same time it's stopped dewing. It's been frightfully warm in that window lately.

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    Okay, so I've moved them further back into the room where more sun dapples across them for a longer period (6-8 hours). I've also put them into a larger tray, hopefully increasing the ambient humidity. I'll try to move them into a terrarium w/ HOT5's nearing the end of this coming month.

    Thanks for all the great advice everyone! Fingers crossed.

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