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    I KNOW you want to grow this species again, as you SHOULD! The trick is getting them to germinate. I think sowing on pure vermiculite is the best way...worry about the real media later...you'll have tons of motivation when you see a sprout.
    ....and then I kill them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    ....and then I kill them!
    Well, friend, you have the added difficulty of living in a place where they could by no means survive without special treatment.

    Mine are growing outside right now...getting rained on and bathed in sun. I really am just letting God cultivate them, LOL!

    My advice is sticking to things that you can grow well where you live.

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    Not a Member: I am the author of the 2nd thread you are referring.
    Pine trees are not always present, but they can acidify the soil. Unofortunately I have never checked the Ph of the soil, but it should be acidic, because you can always observ acid-soil lover plants in a community.

    According to my observations, I can confirm this: "During our observations in its native habitat, we have never seen Drosophyllum growing in alkaline soils, despite several intensive searches at suitable places."

    I have only seen DL in three natural habitats in Portugal, but the soil was more rocky, without limestone, but sandstone was observed two times of these localities.

    Let me share some photos, taken last spring in Portugal just to show how is their surrounding and soil:


    Drosophyllum lusitanicum growing under pine trees, sorrounded with rosemary and sandstone in the background


    Sandstone, just some meters from plants


    Heather-bell? (Erica cinerea?) Quite likely to observ together with D. lusitanicum. This heather likes acidic soils.


    Drosophyllum and sandstone


    DL with a dwarf oak tree


    Drosophyllum with dried Erica flowers


    Surface of the soil (quartz sand)


    Shrubby environment with quartz sand


    Flints with quartz sand


    Rosemary


    A different site, I found the plant with red sandstone in loamy soil



    So if You guys are coming to Portugal, already known the signs to look for :-)

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