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    The Phoenix Effect

    Back from dormancy some of my Drosera trinervia have regained or surpassed their pre-dormancy growth sizes. Once again I let the medium dry out completely for at least four weeks. Dormancy started maybe six weeks or more later than usual.

    You wouldn't know that a little over two weeks ago there was nothing green in the pot:


    For reference here is the same colony in April of the same year:


    Aphids did in one of my D. graomogolensis. At first I thought it was just the winter growth decline but as the plants conditioned worsened I feared they may have been exposed to temperatures too low for these plants. I had moved them outdoors during a record heat wave we had in Los Angeles which of course was followed by a cold snap. By the time I found the aphid exoskeletons it must have been too late for one of the plants and it expired. After treatment with a systemic insecticide the survivor bounced back rapidly. A couple days ago I decided to trim away the dead leaves and much to my surprise I found two new growth points. As with Butch has found before me, the Phoenix has arisen from the ashes:


    The massive roots on this species has proven survival value. This coupled with the ease I'm finding propagating this plant from cuttings makes me again ask: Why is it so rare in cultivation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    The massive roots on this species has proven survival value. This coupled with the ease I'm finding propagating this plant from cuttings makes me again ask: Why is it so rare in cultivation?
    I also wonder that .... and who the heck started the rumor that it was difficult / impossible to propagate?
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    half no eyed deer---im just happy that the phoenix effect occurred for me as well. my D. graomogolensis was dying from a fungal attack---the one that turns the leaves super red and leaves them dewless. needless to say, it has come back with a vengence! these plants here are all a result of the aftermath.

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    I also wonder that .... and who the heck started the rumor that it was difficult / impossible to propagate?
    LOL! Probably me!

    Gorgeous plants, amphirion!

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    Probably someone trying to keep the plants in $hort $upply! It's really nice to see this particular species getting around, IMO one of the most beautiful of the genus!
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    Great work NaN!
    I was growing 3 medium D. trinervia in a pot that I didn't let dry out at all this summer, since I had some other D. spatulata growing in it, and only 1 plant came back, which is very tiny and doesn't look so great... So drying the pot out completely is definitely the way to go in case anyone else was going to try experimenting like me!
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    Follow up photos. I haven't fed the plants since the last photos. Note flower scapes coming up.


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    Wow nice i might try to get some of those.

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