Sundew leaves bending? Help.
Im wondering what could cause my cape sundews leaf tips to start pointing down and not making dew.
The other parts of the leaf look fine.
Temperatures are between 85-60 degrees *fahrenheit. Humidity 20-50%. light doesn't seem to be the problem because its still making red tentacles. I did have the water level pretty high in the tray though. Around 1.5 inches and theyre in 4 inch pots. They're planted in a mix of 50:50 peat:silica sand.
I recently got them in the mail, maybe that could cause leaves to be deformed for awhile?
The peat has no fertilizers in it.*
Ive been using RO water with a tds level of <50. L
Not sure what the problem could be. Other than over watering, but I'm not sure if that could even cause this. I have another plant in the same pot doing the same thing.
Heres a close up of another leaf of the same plant.*
For now I'm going to keep the water level low and let the tray dry out before waterings, but id appreciate any help y'all can offer.
that's a normal shape for capes. So I'm going with maturity causing your leaf shape.
As for the lack of dew, humidity is my final answer.
My capes are always kept in 85% or higher.. UNLESS they're outdoors. Then it doesn't matter.. the sun takes care of all the dew production. Indoors when they don't get natural sun they need higher humidity.
maybe heat has it always grown in 85 or try flushing soil good with distilled water or ro water see if that helps
oh weird did not know that, my capes just stick out straight but then again haven't grown them as long as Trav so I'd stick with his advice
As mass said, that is perfectly normal. It just looks like the leaf is still developing, which is why the tip tentacles have no dew (but you'll notice the tentacles lower on the leaf have dew). Give it a day or so and all will be dewy.
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll try to boost humidity with a little humidifier i have.
And i'll give it some time to settle into its new home and gather energy.
little clear cups over the pots, tray lids, zip lock bags, and deli cups are a few easy ways to cover the pots or trays to up the humidity in a contained area.
Originally Posted by Homedawg76
Yeah, just covered them up with saran.
they in a tank or something?
No. Just a little plastic tray. Its like .5 inches above the top of the pots.