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    Oh my.. sweet stufff...!! all so pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Stunning Jeff
    I second this! Have you had them go through their rest period yet? If so, any add'l guidance / thoughts?
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    Nice tidy plant tags, hahaha. Makes mine look like bits of cut up curtain and scribbles. Which they are.

    Excellent job with the tuberous. I can't seem to handle these species...

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    very impressive!!! They look like beautiful gems
    yes, I wouldn't mind if you shared your conditions either for your tuberous sundews - mainly temperature day/night or seasonal differences.
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    I like that zonaria myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    Gorgeous pics Jmatt, bravo i must have a D. browniana now...that color and display is outstanding!
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    Hello everyone,
    Sorry I haven't replied to anyone, but I had a very close cousin pass away from cancer and I really haven't been quite myself.
    I will try and give some cultural info on my Droseras.
    Most of my tuberous sundews I have had for probably 4 or 5 years.
    Some of the plants that say Lowrie on the label I got last winter.
    They were just coming out of dormancy when I got them. I grew them for a short period but Spring was here and they went dormant again. I had to give them a short growing season and dormancy so they would come back this winter. They needed to be converted to the northern hemisphere's seasons. They seem to be changing just fine, they are all growing just fine and this is when you want them to grow. They would normally be dormant this time of year in Australia.
    They all grow in my basement where it is nice and cool, (50's). I have them under a four tube T-5 fixture, The soil they are in is just peat and sand, roughly 50/50. I keep them damp but not waterlogged. When the temps start coming up this Spring they will all go dormant again and I let them dry up. I usually wait about a month after the top growth dries up to un pot, because when the top growth dies the energy goes back down to the tuber, and you have to let it rejuvenate itself. After about a month I unpot them and put them all in there own labeled zip lock bag. I store them all in a bedroom in the house for the summer where it is usually pretty warm.
    I keep checking them every now and then and usually by fall you will see little eye's starting to form on them like potatoes. When they start doing that I pot them up again and bring them down in the basement again. The cool temps and damp soil bring them right back.
    A good thing to do when labeling the baggies they are stored in is to take note of the depth the tuber was at and mark it down. Some tubers I have planted 1 to 2 inches down I find later while unpotting to be 4 to 5 inches down. They seek their desired depth I guess?
    They might also be adjusting themselves for the water available. I usually just use the tray method keeping them all in about an inch of water. You really don't have to go threw all this for dormancy, some people just let the pots dry up and keep them warm then start watering again in the fall. That's tricky though, you don't want to start watering to early because of rot. I find it much safer to have it unpotted in a baggie. You see when it starts to grow and pot it up at the right time. I have also had pots that I planted one tuber in turn into five tubers in one season. I know this is a lot of rambling, but it works for me just fine.
    I'm sure there are plenty of people out there with better formulas for growing these sundews, but if anything maybe this will be of some help for someone. They are really cool sundews!
    JMatt

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    Although I post little these days, this subject calls on me to address it. First off, these plants are magnificently grown and wonderful to see. I admire a job well done, and these are stunning!

    Now I want to turn my attention specifically to Drosera zonaria, although my comments do also apply to most all the members of this section of Droseracae.

    Novice growers need to realize the chances for success with many of these tuberous species is difficult to impossible from seed, and only slightly less from tubers that have not been conditioned to growth in our hemisphere. (Also refer to the topic written by Pyro at the top of the page).

    As far as I know, there are no sources for ethically grown Drosera zonaria tubers. I will state flat out that any tubers for sale are certainly collected from the wild in Australia. I am not going to open any can of worms by mentioning specific names, but can tell you I have had personal communication from highly respected Australian naturalists mapping populations with GPS that populations that have been around for all their lifetime have vanished, nothing remaining but tire tracks!

    There are no greenhouses in Australia growing these plants and harvesting the tubers, or weren’t 5 years ago when friends visited there and so reported. If there are now, I would love to hear of them. Anyone?

    The most notorious seller of this material in Australia has no production facilities, and the conclusion of this reasoning should be apparent to all except those that prefer not to think about it.

    No one loves these jeweled wonders as much as I, but I would not accept or purchase a tuber of Drosera zonaria unless I knew the producer personally, and probably not then…better it go to a more skilled grower. The plant is endangered, and needs to be allowed to be unmolested.

    Yeah, that’s harsh on collectors who want this species and so try to argue that responsible botanists can take some tubers to sell and support their research because they are sensitive to the populations and know the limits. They feel such collection of wild tubers to sell is ethical for this reason. I don’t buy that, and neither should you!

    IMO anyone who purchases tubers of D. zonaria contributes to the attrition of populations that need to be left strictly ALONE. These are not plants for even skilled collectors and horticulturists now, and considering the distribution of the populations should have always remained untouched.

    Ah, such a pretty sundew! If you love it, please boycott the sale of Drosera zonaria, and any native collected “rare” tubers. Consider the ethic’s of marketing a plant as RARE when you have contributed to the depredation of these “rare” populations by collecting and selling them. Please don’t be a part of the problem.


    I just wanted to share my feelings here, and don’t mean this as any attack on growers ignorant of these facts, but will not sit silent while those that know better continue to do what they should not.
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