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    trimming Drosera

    Just curious if it is recommended or harmful to the plant. I still have some dead leaves on my binata and capensis from when it first arrived and was wondering if it would be a good idea to get those out of the way or just let the plan do its thing and have them die back on there own.
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    I would remove them, sometimes fungus or mold can grow on the old dead leaves, so it's best to remove them if possible. But after awhile you can just let them be, especially if grown outdoors I wouldn't worry about the dead leaves. I leave most of the dead stuff on my plants the natural way, but if I see mold on a leaf I will cut it off. So as long as you don't see mold or anything on the dead leaf, you can either cut it off or let it be whichever you prefer and fits into your schedule!
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    If you are waiting for a 2nd opinion, Dewy is correct.
    Be sure to cut, and not tear them off.

    Good Luck!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    They're in a terrarium but so far it just looks like normal browning. Thanks for the help!
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    I third that.

    My Rule of thumb:

    If it is dead and brown, cut it down.
    If green or red, let it grow instead.

    Works most of the time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    I third that.

    My Rule of thumb:

    If it is dead and brown, cut it down.
    If green or red, let it grow instead.

    Works most of the time...
    That sums it up, well!

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    thanks! does the same go for nep pitchers?
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    Yep pretty much the same for nep pitchers, once they really start to dry up and shrivel I cut them off. Usually if the pitcher is about halfway brown/shriveled, I cut it off. And it makes the plant more attractive as well! Just cut the pitcher off at the top of the tendril, leave the leaf.
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