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    Do pygmy sundews require dormancy?

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    This is a difficult question. *In habitat, dormancy is inevitable, except in cases where there is moisture available in the Australian harsh summer. *In cultivation, dormancy may be forestalled in some species by keeping the pots well moistened: but this is true only for some species. *Other species (notably the orange flowered forms frequently found in lateritic mediums) will go dormant despite any efforts to keep them in production. *Problem species for me include D. barbigera, citrina, closterostigma, hyperostigma, manii, pygmaea, platystigma, occidentalis, spilos, sewelliae, silvicola, lasiantha and others. *Last season was my first with most of these species, and my success was not good from trying to keep them moist. *What is needed I believe are for such species to be in deep pots, where the long hairlike roots can be encouraged to reach deep during the active growing season. *This way the roots can reach the moisture deep in the pot while the surface remains dry. *This season I am going to try allowing the medium to dry to almost bone dry. *I have not tried this, but I have hopes that it will be a better strategy. *I will say this: if your plants do go dormant, as evidenced by the formation of a stipular cone, no amount of watering will encourage them to grow, and if applied, will lead to rotting of the rosettes. *In habitat losses can be nearly 90% of the populations, and the survivors replenish the population via gemmae production in the wet season.

    If you have a species you are concerned about, I can tell you how it behaved for me last season.

    Good luck with your efforts!
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