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Thread: Help me with my first tuberous Drosera!

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    I moved my two pots outdoors temporarily to get temperatures in the 50-60F range. Unfortunately, some critters decided to capitalize on this and completely dug out the D. menziesii. The 5'' stolon was snapped off clean at the base, although the tuber is intact - I'm hoping that it still has enough energy to regenerate.

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    It will probably grow back. Most likely at a smaller size and probably won't produce any daughter tubers this year.

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    Man, I'm fudging up pretty badly with these plants...I accidentally knocked over the D. menziesii pot today and the tuber came spilling out. Most of the stolon was broken and a significant portion of the skin (and even tuber itself) was damaged. Chances are I'll get fungal attacks before it can regenerate. I've thought about using petroleum jelly to seal the wound temporarily - should I do that, and is there anything else I can do to encourage a recovery if it's possible?




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    Parafin wax (used for candle making or food canning) No greater than 53C
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    Stay away from petroleum jelly. Try dabbing some melted wax on the wounds. You can buy cheap blocks of parafin wherever canning supplies are sold. Try not to get any wax on the stolon or directly on the eye of the tuber since it has already emerged from dormancy.

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    Plain old white glue makes an excellent "liquid bandage" for rhizomes and root cuttings.
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    White glue will not set and can even reconstitute in wet or overly humid environments.

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    Thank you both. I have sterilized the wound and sealed it with a thin layer of melted parafilm wax. I'm pretty much set back to square 1 with both tubers, so only time will tell what will become of them now.

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