I'm trying to figure out why some of my drosera do really well and others do not. Everyone says the capensis is so easy and becomes a weed. But mine struggle! I have one capensis alba that had a rough beginning (5 weeks in the mail). But a nib survived. Its been growing for months and has at last achieved the LOOK of a capensis. But it just doesnt grow in height. It puts out new leaves...then the older leaves die. But it just hangs at about an inch tall. If a leaf catches a gnat, it seems to gradually cause the leaf to die. Its in a tank with high humidity and good light. Temps are a little cooler than I'd like. I also have some capensis regular seedlings and they don't grow much either. Its so discouraging to hear others talk about their rampant 6" capensis. I'd be thrilled if mine would get to 3". Maybe they will grow better in the summer??
My d. adelae (in private terrarium) was doing very well...growing, dewey, etc. Then it took a dive...browning leaves. It did sport a baby. Now its put out a healthy looking leaf. But I can tell its just not happy. I think I'm going to re-do the growing medium. And I get confused when I see those large, lovely, bronzy maroon ones with the long pointy leaves. I've read the color comes from high light. But...if they like lower light situations.......how can they take more light to turn bronzy maroon?
And lastly, my binata.... it came to near death but has come back some and even had a baby. I also propagated some babies which are doing pretty well. BUT...I'm seeing some of the new forks unfurl and turn white. Just like they did before. I have given them more light. They have a nice red growing point (which I THOUGHT indicated good lighting). The tentacles are dewey and have been snaring some gnats.
Its a wonder to me how these plants are so hard for me to grow yet are so easy for others! I read the books and web sites and try to go by the recommendations. (sigh)
Anyone has any tips or suggestions I'd really appreciate it. I want happy plants...and happy plants means a happy grower. :-)