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    Battered Drosera regia

    To make a long story short, I was idiotically running around today with a Drosera regia in my backpack, and it tipped over multiple times and was pretty beat up. When I stopped I scooped what soil I could back into the pot and left it in my sealed backpack for five hours so it wouldn't dry out.

    As soon as I got home, I took a close look at it and basically all of the leaves were severely damaged. The roots seem to be intact to me and they are still white, so I repotted it on the off chance that it could somehow survive.

    This is what it looks like now:




    It is lopsided in the pot because I found out that its roots are leaning towards one side and I didn't want to further stress it out by squishing its roots. Originally it was already growing a little crooked in the pot. Is there anything I can do to increase its chances of survival?

    I learned a painful lesson today: never put time over plants (at least not in the way I did)! And I can only imagine what plants go through when improperly packaged for shipping.
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    When it comes to recovering dews I usually just raise the water level to just below the soil line. Granted that usually just works for me in the summer or when it's hot. Good luck.
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    I would take this opportunity to try some root cuttings as the plant is already stressed out a bit. You could carefully rinse the potting media from the leaves to help it out some more. Do you normally have it under lights? I think good light would help make it come back faster.

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    I think it will be fine. Consider what a plant in the wild might look like after a heavy storm.

    Just give it enough light and keep the conditions mild, and it will work itself out. It's a good idea to take Dave's advice and do some cuttings, too.

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    I agree with what has been said and would add that raised humidity often helps plants that are damaged get their footing again.
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    Thank you for the advice everyone! I have washed what dirt I could on the leaves and put a plastic bag with holes over the plant. I don't really have live LFS for the root cuttings and I'm also afraid of disturbing it more, so I didn't take any. If it survives, I'll take a few in a month when I repot it into a much larger pot.

    I'll post in this thread whether it survives or not. I think a small developing leaf was undamaged, but I'll have to wait and see if it grows or not. I have my fingers crossed!

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    Just for future reference - I take regia root cuttings, and from other Drosera species, and put them on top of previously dried lfs in a small, undrained plastic cup. I lightly and partially cover them with the sphagnum and keep the water level just over the top of them. When they have sprouted out and have several fully-developed leaves I clip the roots between them. Awhile later I begin to lower the water level to encourage rooting of the new plantlets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
    Just for future reference - I take regia root cuttings, and from other Drosera species, and put them on top of previously dried lfs in a small, undrained plastic cup. I lightly and partially cover them with the sphagnum and keep the water level just over the top of them. When they have sprouted out and have several fully-developed leaves I clip the roots between them. Awhile later I begin to lower the water level to encourage rooting of the new plantlets.
    Thanks for the info! It sounds simpler than I thought it would be, and I definitely have dead LFS so I will try it when I get a chance.

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