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    Help! Drosera adelae dying!

    I am very concerned about a small D. adelae that I keep in a vivarium with my White's tree frog. I have several carnivorous plants in this vivarium--a venus fly trap, a butterwort (P. moctezumae) and two D. adelae. The other plants are doing fine, the butterwort especially. But the smaller D. adelae seems to be dying. The leaves have gone brown and soggy, and are shrivelling. They tear off with the slightest tug. The substrate around the plant is also very wet. I give the whole vivarium a good soaking with a Flo-Master garden sprayer every morning and evening. Is this too much? Any other thoughts on what the problem might be? I would greatly appreciate any help I can get--I'd really like to try to save the poor little plant!
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    It doesn't sound like you can save it. The problem is one you have already identified, a humid environment with very soggy media equals root rot! So umm depending on where you live I'd say in the future grow it outside or, in its own pot in the vivarium where you can control its moisture.
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    Yes. D. adelae seem to like dry media. You are giving all those plants too much water in my opinion. With D. adelae I water around once a week. You should let the media become slightly dry before you water again.

    BTW: I don't think it would be easy to save the plant other than uprooting it, taking a root and planting it where the plant was, and water more sparingly. Maybe new plants will sprout from any healthy roots you plant.

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    I think your doing fine i really think the garden spray is your problem and what kind of soil are you using?

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    D. adelae is also enigmatic. It can dieback without apparent reason. I would also look for plantlets that form from the roots. They will have rounded leaves, not the mature, "lanceleaf".

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    If any part of the plant is still alive, I'd immediately take leaf and root cuttings to propagate replacements for your current plant. It is generally a very easy plant to propagate. If you create several colonies of Drosera adelae, you should then have better insurance against losing your plant completely.
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    They actually did pretty well for me in saturated LFS, either by a window sill or on a grow rack, as well as a glorified terrarium. But then they'd die back as well, leaving behind plantlets.

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    Mine live in both LFS and peat/perlite mixes in water trays with 1/2 - 3/4" of water year round and grow like weeds.
    As Joseph said take a cutting or 2 and lay them dew side up on the soil mix, they take really easily.
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