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    Drosera binata "dichotoma": Is dormancy required?

    Drosera binata "dichotoma" * ~ spelled it wrong in the title, lol

    I've read a few places that it isn't required and that growing it as a tropical should be fine, but being from a temperate region of New Zealand, I'm wondering if not having it go dormant will have an adverse impact.

    I've noticed leaf and dew production dropping dramatically in the last month or so. It's still under my grow lights, but is not receiving as much light from the window (new leaf growth is also more green as opposed to the deep red during the summer).

    Will the plant still bounce back in the spring without a full on dormancy?
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    I believe the plant will be fine. They often slow down in winter. Some go dormany, and some semi-dormant. Just don't worry about it. Tis a hardy plant. Where/who did you get it from?

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    From a nursery in the Portland area.

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    They'll slow a little if they catch any indication of the time of year; change in light, cooler temperatures, commercials reminding you of how many shopping days are left until Christmas. I have a number of clones from them and none need any special treatment during this time - only patience.
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    I found that even in a terrarium with long day lighting, my NZ clones all go dormant in October. This species has a remarkable sensitivity to changes verring off from optimal, and is prone to go dormant if the conditions persist. I wouldn't worry about it, it will take care of matters on its own if it needs a rest, and return with added vigor after. Even if not fully asleep, it's currently conserving its energy. If you are concerned, take a leaf and try some bud propagation with it in pure water under good light, or try a root cutting. Good luck with your plant, I like the NZ plants very much!
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    Tamlin beat me to it, but leaf cuttings go a long way to preserving D. binata types:






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    Jim,
    Is that Drosera binata flowering sized in that photo, and does it maintain the simple bifurcation when mature? Is this the NZ clone?
    I'm looking for a stable "non multifada" type, and they are not too common.
    Very nice photo!!
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    These are young plants, started this year. I haven't a clue as to their origin. I'd be happy to send you specimens... and other sundews, utrics, pings,....

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