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    Question about Sundews

    Hey guys, just wondering if someone out there could help me out. I have a few sundews of various species and ever since I've had them, they've been producing less and less droplets on their leaves. They still look healthy and are catching a lot of insects, but they no longer glisten as they once did. I've had them for roughly two weeks now and they are in a wet tray style arrangement. I only use RO water to keep them happy, no ferts, etc.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Dew is produced in response to light conditions. Can you tell us a bit more about what kind of light they're receiving?

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    Thanks for the quick response!

    They are sitting at an East-side window and receive approx 50% shaded light through a copse of trees for roughly 6-7 hours a day.

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    What kind of sundews are they? Some of them prefer to be outside, such as D.binata,filformis, capensis, etc.

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    If you can put them outside in full shade they'll probably do a lot better They aren't called SUNdews for nothing! I grow mine in full sun except for D. Adelae. I have D Binata, D capensis, D Madagascariensis, and D. Lanata in Full sun, they are all heavy with dew droptlets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halt View Post
    What kind of sundews are they? Some of them prefer to be outside, such as D.binata,filformis, capensis, etc.
    I'm keeping the following species:

    Drosera aliciae
    Drosera capensis 'Typical'
    Drosera capensis 'Red'

    They're all doing the same thing, very small amounts of dew accumulating on the leaves, but otherwise healthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by carnivoure12 View Post
    If you can put them outside in full shade they'll probably do a lot better They aren't called SUNdews for nothing! I grow mine in full sun except for D. Adelae. I have D Binata, D capensis, D Madagascariensis, and D. Lanata in Full sun, they are all heavy with dew droptlets.
    Hmmm, I'm going to try that. It's an awful shame though, I really like having them indoors. Gotta do what you gotta do I guess. Thanks!

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    Those all do well at a sunny window sill or under a fluorescent light... although the all red variety of capensis struggles to remain all red when not in direct sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnivoure12 View Post
    If you can put them outside in full shade they'll probably do a lot better They aren't called SUNdews for nothing! I grow mine in full sun except for D. Adelae. I have D Binata, D capensis, D Madagascariensis, and D. Lanata in Full sun, they are all heavy with dew droptlets.
    Did you mean to say outside in full sun? Just don't want ALBERT to be mistreating his sundews....
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