Last year I noticed that my 'mother' plant was looking a bit ragged - not growing as well as it usually did. Days & then weeks went by with me noticing the same thing each time I looked at it & promising myself that I would repot it very soon. Finally, one day I noticed not only had the leaves gotten continually smaller but that there was a browning of the plant in the center where new leaves emerged. Of course now, I dropped what I was doing & repotted the plant in new live LFS. Too late. I lost the plant that had provided many babies over the past few years. How stupid of me!!
I took my largest 'baby' plant* and placed it into a 4" pot of live LFS. After a few months, I purchased a culture of wingless fruit flies for some of my other plants (D. ascendens & D. villosa) and decided to try them with the schizzy. To my surprise, contrary to D'Amato's statements (or my understanding of his statements), the plant really took off with more growth than I've ever seen. I grew my 'mother' plant for a number of years & never had the notched leaf the plant is named for**. Recently, the fed plant had it's 1st ...
For folks who can provide humid highland conditions and like a challenge, schizzies are some great plants.
Here's a top view:
Different angle (check out the dew on the leaf at 3 o'clock!):
The notch (... those bugs are volunteers - not WFF's):
* - largest 'baby' was ~1" diameter. While initially, it might take a while to dial in conditions that schizzies enjoy (unless you're Pyro or Jeff), once you find them, these dews are super easy to propagate via root or leaf cuttings (see pics in growlist).
** - ooops - not true. Here's Andreas Fleischmann correcting Barry Rice "Barry, however the specific name "schizandra" refers to the split anther tips, not to the leaf tips"