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    Hey all,

    I'm in NYC and have a sundew...Since the humidity level's been kinda low in my studio and it's starting to get colder, the dew's not as high/ potent, and I noticed that some of the older leaves are turning brown. How should I trim these? By simply cutting off the brown parts? Ripping the whole leaf off? Also, any suggestions as to dormancy? I'm not sure if I should just leave it the way it is or what. Thanks.

    In other news, I took part of a leaf with flower heads and put it in soil...Kept it there for quite a while, a few months. Yesterday, I was doing an overall check on my plants and noticed that there's some new growth of baby sundews!

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    Congrats on the successful leaf cutting!

    Ok, when the leaf turns totally brown all the way to the base, you can cut it off if you want. Personally, I don't take the time or trouble to get out a pair of scissors and do the job, because it is not really necessary.

    Dormancy is a tough issue. It really depends on what kind of dew you have. Some don't need it and others do. Could you post the type or if you don't know that, a picture or two for identification?

    SF

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    Hi again,

    My sundew is a Drosera spatulata. The leaf tips at the bottom are browning, but there's still new leaves growing from the middle/base, and there are tall stems sprouting out. I can try to get a picture.

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    This is typical performance for D. spatulata. I would simply repot the plant into a mew medium, and use the opportunity to get at the rosette from underneath. Brown leaves are easily removed with a gentle tug, then repot the cleaned up plant, not too difficult a process really.
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