|I want something to go with my succulent collection, I grow them under intense lights and it gets quite hot and dry.[/QUOTE]|
For the most, that's not going to work. You are taking a plant which lives in a humid and (most likely) wet environment, and putting it in a desert condition. It is sort of like putting a fish out of water.
Could you successfully grow a cactus in bog-like conditions? I don't think so. The same applies here.
Not kidding: You might want to have one made out of glass or ceramic? Would need no water or humidity. I have thought of this myself. Every time I see those miniature figures sculpted of glass I think of how a CP created the same way would be charming and beautiful.
Tucson, Arizona, U S A
Actually, many droserae respond to extreme light conditions very well. The issue will be to provide humidity without cooking the plants. If they are grow from seedlings this might not be a problem, providing that they are hardened off slowly. I grew Drosera aliciae, binata, capensis (all varieites), coccicaulis, dielsiana, spatulata Ahiapara, nidiformis and burmannii in a deep bin (tray watered) which sat in full sun with a glass cover totally sealing the bin, with maybe 3 inches between glass and substrate last summer. Full sun (New York) all day long. The plants thrived like no other I have ever grown. I think the high humidity allowed for the higher temperatures. Plants were occasionally submerged for days after rain too! I think hardening off the seedlings well and fully before introduction to such harsh conditions is mandatory, but some experimentation seems to be in order. Droserae are high light plants, just as succulents are. Keep us posted as to your results: experiments are useless to others if not reported. Thanks!
I'll try binata and capensis again, hardening them off more slowly and see how they do. I had some B. liniflora that were doing okay until I let them get too dry and they may have died, its too early to tell.
D. indica is often found growing with the petiolaris sundews, and seed of that would be easier to locate than D. petiolaris and it's ilk. Remember it's an annual, but if you keep it damp in the environment you are talking about, it should work.
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