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    Help a beginner with Drosera Filiformis (Florida All Red)

    I purchased this plant almost exactly a month ago and have yet to successfully acclimate my plant to its new environment. The plant arrived in great condition, but has slowly declined since. At first it was kept indoors in a south facing window and watered from the top (6-8 hours of direct sunlight, using Aquafina water) However, this lead to nearly all of the leaves being burnt. Probably due to a combination of intense sun/heat and lack of humidity.

    About two weeks ago I decided to move the plant to a different location which is a north facing window. (2-4 hours direct sun plus about 4 hours indirect.) I also placed the plant into a new pot and have begun using the tray method for watering. The lowered light intensity seemed to help at first, plenty of new leaves sprouting, however, these new leaves have suddenly taken a turn for the worse the past couple of days.

    To begin, none of the new leaves have produced much dew at all. One leaf was particularly more dew covered, but has since dried out completely. Secondly, one of the leaves began to grow sideways at which point I noticed that the portion of the leaf closest to the soil was incredibly
    thin and frail. Last but not least, I have noticed a few gnats flying around my plants. (I originally purchased my sundew hoping that it would keep gnats off my flytrap.) But now my sundew is so dry that gnats can land on the leaves without being stuck at all! It isn't being swarmed by gnats, but more often than not I will see a single gnat buzzing around or munching on my flytrap.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction to preserve my plant's health?
    In case anyone is curious, I live in Memphis TN. The average temp has been 70F at night and 80-90F during the day. Any help is greatly appreciated. There is a link below to a few pictures of the plant. The first picture was taken this afternoon when I came home to find one of the new leaves drooping!

    http://m.imgur.com/a/L7bv8
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    The glaring problem is the water you're using. Carnivorous plants can't deal with the minerals in standard bottled water. They need rain water, distilled or RO water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    The glaring problem is the water you're using. Carnivorous plants can't deal with the minerals in standard bottled water. They need rain water, distilled or RO water.
    I, perhaps mistakenly, thought that Aquafina would be ok for my plants.
    No added minerals, and it is purified by reverse osmosis.

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    Your plants could also use a lot more light. Why not grow these outside ?

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    How much light exactly? My first location seemed to have plenty of sun. I had thought about moving the plants back, but with a sheer cloth curtain to keep the leaves from burning again.

    I have also considered moving my plants outdoors, but perhaps only the sundew. However, I am a bit hesitant to leave my plants outside to face the elements. My apartment complex isn't exactly ideal for growing outdoors for a number of reasons. Anyways, my flytrap seems content indoors minus the gnat chewings. Ideally, I would have my own greenhouse full of plants, or maybe a lighted terrarium. Until then, I only have a windowsill at my disposal.

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    D. filiformis FL All Red can easily be grown inside under proper lighting, but this is possibly up to 12 hours + of strong artificial light, or 6-8 hours direct sun; lighting is definitely an issue from the pics. And as noted the bottled water is probably one issue, as they don't generally consider salts to be "minerals," and are often used to add flavor to the water or "soften" it. Also, I have found these plants to prefer rather well aerated soil, with a fair amount of perlite or more favorably sand added to the mix or else they tend to go downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    D. filiformis FL All Red can easily be grown inside under proper lighting, but this is possibly up to 12 hours + of strong artificial light, or 6-8 hours direct sun; lighting is definitely an issue from the pics. And as noted the bottled water is probably one issue, as they don't generally consider salts to be "minerals," and are often used to add flavor to the water or "soften" it. Also, I have found these plants to prefer rather well aerated soil, with a fair amount of perlite or more favorably sand added to the mix or else they tend to go downhill.

    Lots of good info there. Thanks!
    Makes sense that a FL all red would like sandy soil.
    Any advice on the easiest/most cost effective way to water my plants?

    I also found this quality report on Aquafina water.
    http://www.aquafina.com/pdf/bottledW...rmation_en.pdf
    Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grafittibob View Post
    Lots of good info there. Thanks!
    Makes sense that a FL all red would like sandy soil.
    Any advice on the easiest/most cost effective way to water my plants?

    I also found this quality report on Aquafina water.
    http://www.aquafina.com/pdf/bottledW...rmation_en.pdf
    Thoughts?
    Judging by that water quality report the water should be fine, but I can't say for sure. Even if it is, that's a very expensive way to obtain pure water. Gallon jugs of distilled water are commonly available at grocery stores for the same price or even less than 20 Oz of bottled water. Just make sure there aren't any added minerals listed on the label.

    As for the plant, what you described makes me wonder if the plant was kept in lower light conditions wherever you bought it from and just needs to be adjusted to direct sun. Once it's adjusted, I wouldn't worry about exposing it to the elements, they are used to growing out in the open after all. Animals knocking over or digging in pots and severe winter weather are the main concerns.

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