Yup--personally, I said in my head: this is a cactus/succulent person.
Originally Posted by Whimgrinder
Glad you liked that succulent collection.
If you haven't worked with carnivorous plants, but you have experience with other non carnivorous plants, Drosophyllum lusitanicum might work for you, simply because you won't have the typical carnivorous plant growing habbits in mind.
But I do have to ask, as others already have, why look for a dry-growing carnivorous plant? Either way, I hope you find a plant that makes you happy!
Last edited by Acro; 10-22-2015 at 11:56 AM.
Originally Posted by Cthulhu138
Why don't you recommend growing Drosophyllum as a beginner? I did great growing the same D. Rotundifolia plant and another kind of Drosera plant for years, but then I left on vacation and the medium dried out and what I had died.
I don't mean to plant it in a desert or never water it, rather I mean that it survives the media drying out, like the Australian ones supposedly do in the summer due to their tubers.
I'm not Cthulhu, but a few things I've read, that make Drosophyllum lusitanicum tricky, is that: their roots can't handle disturbance (or they die), they are prone to root rot, it will probably need to be grown from seed (because shipping could be harmful for the reasons mentioned above), and seeds take many many months to sprout. However, if your up for a challenge, learn as much as you can, then make it happen!
Last edited by Acro; 10-22-2015 at 12:10 PM.
You may have your information a bit mixed up, many drosera can survive but not thrive a bit of a drought, but they will die back to thick roots and grow back again
Yes, this would qualify.
Originally Posted by corky
If drought shock does occur to a CP, even if you're lucky enough that the plant survives yet dies back, you're easily setting yourself back a quarter of a year or more! What's the point? Wouldn't it be easier to (a) invest in automated irrigation or (b) grow plants less susceptible to water stress?
I don't grow tuberous drosera, but given how they operate I would expect that surviving one drought at a regular time each year is very different from surviving multiple droughts that happen at random.
Just something to bear in mind.
Agent of Chaos
Drosophylum requires roughly arid conditions
"I may be on the side of angels, but do not mistake me for one."
Originally Posted by Stranger
And you would be correct. Most tuberous and winter growing ZA species have fairly strict seasonal requirements. Random dessication at irregular intervals will surely kill them. They are strictly winter growing and need to spend their summers dry and dormant. None of these plants should be recommended for beginning growers.