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    King sundew

    Got this a couple weeks ago, it's put out two leaves since i've gotten it!





    Show us your king sundew!
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    Not the easiest plant to keep going.

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    I want to get one, but there are two things stopping me:

    1) I hear they are a little difficult. They require a very limited growing area (temps, lighting, etc). Further, I hear they will go to the verge of death if they are transplanted. Also, you leaf-cuttings on the plant fail.

    2) I don't have the space to grow one. I have a mini-greenhouse on my patio, but it's full and I have nowhere to put a Regia.



    I guess once I get a place of my own and have the proper growing area, I can try one.
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    LOL! I've killed a few already!

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    Hehehe, this is my second go around :P It didn't take well to my previous conditions of simply lsm and a bright west facing windowsill. This time I'm using a T5HO 5 inches away, with a peat, perlite, and sand substrate. Crossing my fingers
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    I killed a healthy one within 2 weeks Their very hard to grow

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    They dont like high humidity or too hot and i suspect too bright will kill them too. The light 5 inchs away doesnt sound right to me. Are you sure thats a good idea?
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    I grow mine (the top leaves) within 1 inch of fluorescent lights (cool T-12 bulbs) and they do really well as long as the temperatures don't exceed 80-85 F range with heat from the lamps included. BUT if it's T5, then a more distant 5 inches sounds safer. Your plant looks very healthy right now. When they get a ton of light, and aren't fed very often, the leaves show some nice red coloration, which you can see in my sig pic. It seems that outdoors, they can handle the 80-85F temps a bit better.

    Well, bloke, since you requested...
    I just took some new pictures that I haven't been able to upload off my camera yet, but here's an oldie of a 'Big Easy' when I had time to feed it:

    A month or so after this pic, the temps became to warm, and it formed its dormant bud.
    After taking root cuttings for some people, and moving it to my cooler basement, the plant has grown well ever since.
    However, I haven't had time to feed it since then, so the leaves only reach about 2.5 inches tall.
    Feeding D. regia is required if you want to have the largest leaves possible. Once it doesn't get a meal for a while, it will slow down its growth and start producing smaller leaves.

    As a side note, they produce an enormous root system, perfect for root cuttings, and repotting is extremely easy as long you don't break off most of the root system, and let them recouperate for a bit by placing them in dmimer light during that time, as well as making sure that the temperature does not get too high (which will kill them even if you aren't repotting them).
    Also, Joseph Clemens has proven that leaf cuttings DO work, but obviously root cuttings are the fastest approach.
    Last edited by CPlantaholic; 05-20-2010 at 10:45 AM.
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