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    A NZ alpine dew...

    I got this plant approximately a month ago, from CPgeek (thanks Rob! ) with 2 leaves.

    I was expecting something much slower growing (max 4 leaves in a growth period of 6 months, apparently) and temperamental, but nooo!

    This is the third leaf it's produced in my care, in just over a month.

    Drosera arcturi -Turoa, Mt. Ruapehu, NZ. 1550 m.







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    I grow it in my basement 13-16*C nighttime, about 17-20*C daytime.
    100% Canadian LFSM
    Water level is pretty high, just an inch below soil surface.
    Lighting: 9 watt CFL desklamp, 2 inches above plant (And they told me it couldn't be done! Muahaha!)

    Now to see if it will survive the summer heat...
    <Heli> How are you guys losing your hamatas?
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    Good job! This is a notoriously difficult plant to cultivate - keep us updated on how it's growing.
    All the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Good job! This is a notoriously difficult plant to cultivate - keep us updated on how it's growing.
    Thank you - that's exactly what I feared (and continue to fear, in the long term). However, for how it's been doing while in my care, I'm impressed....

    The real challenge will be to start putting it in dormancy, because in June, July and August the cold room in my basement where it's thriving will warm up to 20*C.... and that's when it will probably do badly - or, in the worst case, kick the bucket.

    I've opted to try growing this in the wintertime, when the temps are just above 7*C. In the summer, it will be in the fridge

    Hopefully, if I can actually keep this plant alive, it will be a great indicator to whether or not I can try Darlingtonia again!
    <Heli> How are you guys losing your hamatas?
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    noiceee! very nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    noiceee! very nice!!
    Thanks, Devon
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    I hope you are feeding it constantly. You want as much growth as you can get out of it as you can get before dormancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    I hope you are feeding it constantly. You want as much growth as you can get out of it as you can get before dormancy.
    Well, now that you mention it....

    I think I better go get my fish food, hmmm...
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    I think the LFS is very impressive!

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