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    Drosera regia help

    I got a Drosera regia today, and I had a few questions about it.

    First of all, how many Osmocote pellets should I give it? And should I put them on the surface of the soil or try to bury them in the substrate? The plant's largest leaves are a little over two inches long right now.

    Also, it's been kind of hot in Berkeley recently, so I was wondering if top-watering the plant with refrigerated water would help. I've read that it can stunt Sarracenia and Nepenthes growth, so I'm not sure if it is a good idea.

    I have it growing on a east-facing window where it gets diffuse sunlight that is filtered through trees but would that be too much for it? I can move it to a place with blinds drawn if that is the case.

    Thanks!

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    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...es/D_regia.php

    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.
    I press the pellets down with a stick at least an inch from the surface. Otherwise the fertilizer encourages moss growth.

    Put it in a larger pot. Carefully remove the soil and plant intact and just drop it into a hole in the new media. Keep the pot out of direct sunlight and the soil temperatures should be fine. I wouldn't worry about air temperatures that much.

    It doesn't sound like enough light too me. East facing would be morning sun, you shouldn't have to worry about temperatures very much.
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    Thanks! And sorry, I meant a west facing window. A lot of the light is blocked by trees though, so I don't think it will get that much light.

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