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    LOL I say separate them a bit in a larger pot so they have room to open up and really soak in sun maybe an inch and a half on center or two. Competing plants seem to tend to stay smaller. Also its spatulata, so good luck killing it....keep it warm, sun/plenty of light, tough as nails!
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    Very nice alice BTW!

    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    And a nice colony of D. aliceae
    [IMG]https://**************************************/2014/06/20140614-133548-48948949.jpg[/IMG]

    Why separate them?!
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    It is - D. spatulata "Kanto", at least that's how the seeds were labelled (via the ICPS seed bank). They trend *very* red compared to the other spatulata varieties I currently have growing.

    As for a proper media, I grow most all of mine in a mix of chopped LFS and sand (generally shoot for a mix of around 40/60). However that clump is growing in, as you said, just an ugly pile of LFS (started them in it as leaf cuttings about a year ago). They seem to be trucking along just fine, and I'm too lazy to try and dig them all out of it now.

    @Whimgrinder: Nice aliciae indeed! I started some from seed recently, but they're still just specks in a pot at this point.

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    Holy cow! Is that really spatulata? I'm assuming a "red" form? I've got to have one of those now, if only to be able to look at something like that every day. That's beautiful!

    @ Everyone else

    Noted, I'll not try and separate them, as such, but I would dearly like to get them in some proper media, not just an ugly pile of lfs. Sometime next week I'll work on re-potting them. I've got some 4" pots in that should do nicely for awhile.

    I'm assuming that spatulata needs no encouragement to propagate, a la D. capensis?

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    Are you removing the LFS for purely aesthetic reasons? If you are not, I would just leave the plants there unless you plan on separating the clump, because it would be pretty difficult to remove the LFS without doing that. And there is nothing wrong with using
    LFS as a growing medium.

    If you do decide to separate the plants, you may find that some plants have tangled roots, in which case you should take extra care in separating them or just leave them together. I found that out when I was transplanting some Drosera venusta. Personally I don't like to have too many plants crammed in a pot, because it can be difficult to see smaller ones in between plants and when feeding I need to remember which plants I have already fed, but that is just my preference.

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    I keep plants separated in case if future giveaways and perhaps trades. Plus, makes controlling the spread of fungal infections and trimming easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin P View Post
    I agree! Rather than dividing I'd just move the lot of them to a larger pot and let them go wild.

    One of my spatulata pots, for reference.
    Egads, that's beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    I keep plants separated in case if future giveaways and perhaps trades. Plus, makes controlling the spread of fungal infections and trimming easier.
    I agree with this approach. I did this all the time. D. spatulata naturally clumps and I removed the baby plants from the perimeter and replanted in other pots, easily.

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    Oh gosh, clumping with my VFT colony can make trimming such a pain in the butt, have to do crazy maneuvers with the scissors to get at the dead leaves without cutting the new growth during the growing season. Which is why I did a couple of divisions before it "woke up" this year.
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