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Thread: drosera spatulata - flowering, do i need to do anything?

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    Agreed with Sarah and NaN. The red color may decrease some with heavy feeding, but the plants definitely bounce back a whole lot faster after flowering if they have lots of food.
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    how and what should i feed it?

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    Drosera spatulata needs no help in its quest to rule the world of carnivorous plant collections. It will self pollinate, self seed and contaminate just about every carnivorous plant pot within 50 miles. Feed it and don't be surprised if one day it pulls up its roots and walks.
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    it's so cute!! i'm so glad i don't have to do anything and it'll self-reproduce. what should i feed it with?

    oh fred, you're so funny
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    all of the spatulatas I grow, right now, just flower and flower and live and live. Hands down the oldest plants in my collection along with many of their offspring. fredg is right about it being disgustingly prolific and if you plan on keeping similar looking species and varieties labeled and identified correctly, then you will need to watch that seed production like a hawk. I give up cutting flower stalks before seed set and they just blow around and get bumped and spill thousands of seed everywhere. That last fact has caused me trouble in Id-ing young plants of tokaiensis, capillaris, and a few other spatulata varieties. I always thought I just wanted pretty sundews to look at and wouldn't mind the potential ID mix-ups, but turns out that I wish I had kept better records and population control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3isawesome View Post
    it's so cute!! i'm so glad i don't have to do anything and it'll self-reproduce. what should i feed it with?

    oh fred, you're so funny
    Dried bloodworms work great. You can find it with the fish food in practically any supermarket. Grind some up in a drop of distilled water and parcel it out. Just be warned, while they love it, whichever leaf you feed with that (unless you use crazy tiny amounts) is done for. Fortunately, the energy they just got means they'll cover it up with new growth in a week or so. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    Dried bloodworms work great. You can find it with the fish food in practically any supermarket. Grind some up in a drop of distilled water and parcel it out. Just be warned, while they love it, whichever leaf you feed with that (unless you use crazy tiny amounts) is done for. Fortunately, the energy they just got means they'll cover it up with new growth in a week or so. :P
    I second that, minus the leaf loss dang, what brand are you using Zath?
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    I grow quite a few of these now and they produce TONS of seed! Mine live in a west afternoon sunny window. Evey now and then I crush up some Betta fish pellets and sprinkle some over the plants.
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