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Thread: Basics on how to grow Drosera regia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    I'll never fert another sundew as long as I live. Learned my lesson the first time..
    The two plants were from root propagations. Which leads me to believe (since I've heard it before) that young regias tend to be simple up to a certain size. At which point they can unexpectedly crash out. Not sure if that's true in this case, or any other.. but I can't think of any other reason they'd crash since conditions were ideal, and consistent.
    I'll just do what I did last time.. toss the remains into propagation and start all over again.
    D. regia are quite unique in the world of Drosera, apparently. It sort of forms it's own group and in the past there was even some debate as to weather it should be in the Drosera genus (it is more closely related to Dionaea than it is to other sundews, genetically). I have read that they will die WITHOUT firtilizer, or frequent feeding (see below). The plants I have from the roots you sent me seem to really enjoy being sprayed with 1/4 strength miracle grow orchid fertilizer. In fact, I went a couple months without fertilizing them and they almost seemed to stop growing, and when I fertilized them again, they started puting on good growth again. So, you might consider making D. regia an exception to your Drosera fertilizing rule, otherwise feed your regia well and frequently (with prey or fish food, etc).

    Here's a quote from ICPS plant care page (http://carnivorousplants.org/howto/G...es/D_regia.php)

    " Unlike every other Drosera species I know about, Drosera regia appreciates soil fertilization. If you do not soil fertilize your plants and they are not naturally getting a lot of prey you will need to very regularly foliar feed the plants with dilute liquid fertilizer or live insects or dried blood worms. If you neglect to feed the plants they will decline and eventually die. "

    "For me it is too much bother to foliar feed Drosera regia as much as it needs in nutrient-free soil. It does not take much fertilizer in the soil to make the plants happy. I use 4 to 6 high nitrogen Osmocote™ pellets per plant or pot each spring. The amount of fertilizer needed is more than most Drosera can tolerate. Even the fertilizer leakage from the pots into a shared tray can be detrimental to other Drosera and Dionaea."

    *emphasis added*
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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    I'll just do what I did last time.. toss the remains into propagation and start all over again.
    Same methods=same results
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    Quote Originally Posted by richjam1986 View Post
    Same methods=same results
    not necessarily..

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    Mine is in a tall pot, in a peat/perlite mix, 2 osmocote pelets every 6 months, HL temps of 75F day, 65F night summer, 68F day, 50F night winter, humidity of 65-70%, and bright, but not intense, lighting. I also feed the heck out of it, and it grows like a weed.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I have been growing Drosera Regia successfully for 2 years now. Mine is about a foot tall. I've grown it in temps about 80 during the day with temps in the upper 60s at night. I've grown all 12 or so I have grown them this way with no problem. I really beleive intermiadate to highland temps work really year.

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