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    Angry D. adelae - I'm Killing My Second One

    I'm the worst. I'm killing my second one. This one was thriving in its death cube on my porch until it outgrew it. So I got a Sterilite container and moved it and a smaller one to my room, on a dresser in front of the window, with the Sterilite container over top of them to keep in humidity.

    Well for the past few weeks, it's been getting worse looking. And just like last time, I assumed it was not enough light. But today, I checked, and the sun was beating into the container around 11am. I never checked it at that time before. Not only was it super super sunny in there, it was maybe too warm. I pulled the blinds down and took the container off and fanned the area to bring the temp down around the plants.

    All the leaves are tilted downward and have no dew. But it still has new leaves coming out. I hope I can save this plant before it's too late. The smaller one, which is just a few plants that came up from roots of the last one I killed, is actually loving it under the Sterilite, with beautiful green leaves and tons of dew.

    I don't think I'm meant to ever have D. adelae.
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    Some people just can't grow D. adelae, but pretty much all i've found that you need is very high humidity (mine was thriving in 95+%) and low light levels, higher light levels seem to burn it or cause it to lose its dew if humidity isn't adequate. Heck you'd probably be able to grow it in a sealed tank on a windowsill that doesn't get much light, but beware: it will, in a few short months, produce so many offshoots that'll grow very fast, and you'll never be sure of which plant was the original ever since... good luck though.
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    This is off my website:

    Drosera adelae was my first sundew that I tried to grow. After acclimating the plant, I attempted to grow it outside in all but the intense afternoon sun. The plant started to produce less dew on the leaves. Then they started to brown, till everything above the soil was brown and dead. I placed the pot aside and figured that some point I'd clean the pot for reuse. More later.....
    I went and got another Drosera adelae. This time I decided to try the plant outside in a shaded location. This plant started to look bad just like the first plant. I decided I had nothing to lose and brought the plant inside to grow on a south facing windowsill in a location that receives about 1 to 2 hours of direct sunlight in the evening. The plant bounced back and has been growing on the windowsill ever since.
    The first plant that I purchase and everything was brown and dead, came back to life when the temperatures outside started to cool in the fall.
    My learning experience is that Drosera adelae can be a picky plant and play opossum at times when it is unhappy. For me it dislikes direct sunlight for long periods of the day, and hates higher temperatures.


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    I love how they produce so many offshoots. One of my little pots is just 4-5 offshoot plants. And I hate how D. adelae love death cubes and look so healthy and dewy in Lowe's, and then they get into my hands and I kill them.
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    When they are happy they spread like wildfire.



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    GORGEOUS pic!

    TI think anyone can grow D. adelae if they try to give it lots of light, cooler temps, and reasonable humidity. It can use a lot of light than most people think (and can turn purple-red). Although it likes high humidity, taking off the lid or humidity dome can let a lot more light through, and allow the plant to produce more dew on its own. In my case, when I removed the seal to the container, humidity dropped from 95-100% to 75 or 80%. Although it may not have as much dew for a while, in the long-run this will be better for your plant. So what I'd do is:
    1. remove the sterlite container
    2. let plant acclimate (can take up to 2 months sometimes before it looks "photo worthy")
    3. give as much light as possible if growing indoors

    I use fluorescent lights so that I can grow them in my cooler basement. You can tell they start to decline a bit when temps increase to 80 or above. When growing them in 65-70F temps in my basement, they produce a lot more dew, even with less humidity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPlantaholic View Post
    GORGEOUS pic!

    TI think anyone can grow D. adelae if they try to give it lots of light, cooler temps, and reasonable humidity. It can use a lot of light than most people think (and can turn purple-red). Although it likes high humidity, taking off the lid or humidity dome can let a lot more light through, and allow the plant to produce more dew on its own. In my case, when I removed the seal to the container, humidity dropped from 95-100% to 75 or 80%. Although it may not have as much dew for a while, in the long-run this will be better for your plant. So what I'd do is:
    1. remove the sterlite container
    2. let plant acclimate (can take up to 2 months sometimes before it looks "photo worthy")
    3. give as much light as possible if growing indoors

    I use fluorescent lights so that I can grow them in my cooler basement. You can tell they start to decline a bit when temps increase to 80 or above. When growing them in 65-70F temps in my basement, they produce a lot more dew, even with less humidity.
    So if you get a really good-looking one at the store, you hate to make it go bad and then eventually it'll grow nice leaves? That's sad. I had (have) it under the Sterilite because the central AC is on and keeps the humidity real low.

    And I think my plant's been getting too much light indoors, and it only gets 4 hours of morning sun, maybe? Unless it's just been the heat that's been getting to it. That could very well be.

    On a side note, I noticed that when I lift the Sterilite container, it smells WONDERFUL under there! Who knew sundews smelled so good?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgecko View Post
    When they are happy they spread like wildfire.

    I want some of that!!!!!!!! So that was grown in a house, not in anything special to keep humidity up? Was the house air conditioned, by chance?

    AC time is ending, though. The snow in a few months will help make my windows brighter, too, even if there is less daylight time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TENroaches View Post
    I'm the worst. I'm killing my second one. This one was thriving in its death cube on my porch until it outgrew it. So I got a Sterilite container and moved it and a smaller one to my room, on a dresser in front of the window, with the Sterilite container over top of them to keep in humidity.

    Well for the past few weeks, it's been getting worse looking. And just like last time, I assumed it was not enough light. But today, I checked, and the sun was beating into the container around 11am. I never checked it at that time before. Not only was it super super sunny in there, it was maybe too warm. I pulled the blinds down and took the container off and fanned the area to bring the temp down around the plants.

    All the leaves are tilted downward and have no dew. But it still has new leaves coming out. I hope I can save this plant before it's too late. The smaller one, which is just a few plants that came up from roots of the last one I killed, is actually loving it under the Sterilite, with beautiful green leaves and tons of dew.

    I don't think I'm meant to ever have D. adelae.

    You may be giving it too much light. I find they love bright shade. They also don't need to be covered for humidity. Mine are in a west window, they get bright light and at lost very late afternoon Sun. They turn really red if too much Sunlight. I prefer the green leaf look. They sit in trays with about 1/2 to 3/4" of rainwater. My soild mix is 50/50 Peat moss and perlite. They grow like weeds for me.

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