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    D. cuneifolia help

    Does anyone have any good perimeters or cultivation tips for growing this plant? I purchased this plant about a month ago. I was told to grow it along the same lines as my capensis. Strangely enough, it's been struggling. Out of the time I had it, it has only produced 2 leaves (1 is already dead after feeding it a fish pellet) and the 2nd leaf is somewhat deformed and failed to produce any dew--which is strange to me because the capensis has been growing like a weed. Can somebody help me out here?

    I'm suspecting it's because I'm growing it in lowland conditions? It shares the same bunk with my N. campanulata and the temps remain around the 70s at night and 80s during the day.
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    I had a colony, started from seeds, for a couple years. Their growing conditions were similar to that of D. aliciae and admirabilis. Good drainage, distilled water, strong lighting, occasiuonal food,.... That's about it.

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    i seriously don't get what's going on with this plant. i've had no problems with D. aliciae ever, and the D. capensis is totally fine. this is the first south african sundew that has ever given me problems and i don't know what the heck is going on.

    when you mentioned good drainage, i take it i shouldn't be using the tray method for it? could that be the reason why it's doing so poorly?

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    It's rally hard to know for sure what's going on, but that could be one of the variables. what's your lighting like? What water are you using? What media?

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    Jim,
    here are my specs:
    lighting: 65w +55w CF @ 6500k and 10000k (respectively) for 14 hrs
    water: distilled
    media: this one im not sure of since i received the plant potted it looks like the standard peat and perlite mix.

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    Maybe try repotting in LFS. The photoperiod is long for this time of year.

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    i'll give it a shot. thanks for the tips.

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    hey amph,
    I have no experience with D. cuneifolia, but I have read that they are one of the few South African sundews that normally go dormant during the warm months in nature. I don't know if 80F might be a little too warm, but I have to say that D. cuneifolia might prefer a bit cooler temps in the day. Once again, no personal experience here, but just trying to help.

    Also, I have D. trinervia (also is normally a summer dormant plant), which has never gone dormant for me yet, regardless of the 85F temps that I had this summer, but I once read a post by Ferdinando Rivadavia that said as long as D. trinervia is in a constantly moist environment that doesn't experience extreme temps, that they do not need to go dormant.
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