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    I have a philo vine that had a soil gnat infestation.When I misted it each morning a small cloud of these insects would fly off.

    I got the spatulata and now the majority of these pests are curled up in the tips of the CP and I only see one or two buzzing around after misting the philo.

    Can I propagate the D.spatulata from a leaf cutting? If so could someone please briefly describe the procedure?

    Also,the pictures of D.spatulata I see in the books on CPs ,that I have,show a small single plant.The one I got from Exotic Gardens is a clump resembling a small bush. Do all spatulata varieties form clumps as they mature?

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    Drosera spatulata is a wonderful species, and the good new is that it is quite varied in form throughout its widespread range which makes this easy growing species fun to collect.

    It reproduces quite well from leaf cuttings, or more commonly from seed since this is a self seeding/self sowing weedy species in collections. If you want to experiment, take one of the older leaves by pressing down on the petiole close to the stem. The ainm is to get the end of the petiole as close to the stem as possible. This is then treated in various ways depending on the technique you choose. Growers report success by floating the leaf in pure water kept close to the lights. Others half bury the leaf in its proper orientation in peat sand or in milled Sphagnum moss. Give good light and high humidity and do not allow the medium to dry out. I like to use those translucent disposable food storage containers.

    Clumping in my collection is usually a result of self sown seed into the pot. After a season or two these seedlings grow to completely fill the pot. Some varieties do offset, but I rarely notice this since the seedlings usually bury them before I can transplant.
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    seminole, wern't the seminoles indians?

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    Seminole, I'm glad you'rew happy with you spatulata. I hope I will be as delighted with the spatulata that I ordered as you are with yours. It's taking longer to get to me than I expected. I guess I'll just have to be patient, but I just can't wait to see what I get.

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    Quote (Grim @ June 06 2003,10:57)
    seminole, wern't the seminoles indians?[/QUOTE]
    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

    As far as I know, they still are.

    I use the name because of my family's long association with the Seminole Flavoring Company...which is now extinct.

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    Quote (Tamlin Dawnstar @ June 06 2003,7:13)
    Drosera spatulata is a wonderful species..........[/QUOTE]
    Great.Thanks for the tips on propagation and your insight.

    Sounds simple enough....so I'll try both methods and see which works better.

    I didn't realize that the clumping was due to self seeding....so if I understand you.....to keep a single plant of D.spatulata.....I need to intervene and prevent the plant from producing flowers and remove any offsets that may appear.

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    Quote (LOs Angels Traphole @ June 06 2003,11:45)
    Seminole, I'm glad you'rew happy with you spatulata. I hope I will be as delighted with the spatulata that I ordered as you are with yours. It's taking longer to get to me than I expected. I guess I'll just have to be patient, but I just can't wait to see what I get.[/QUOTE]
    Yes indeed...I couldn't be happier with the spatulata that I got from E.G.

    It started producing dew within 24 hours and is becoming tinted all over with shades of red. Very pretty.Like I said above, it really is a first class gnat grabber.

    I keep it in my east facing window and it gets from 5-6 hours of sunlight that ranges from brillant to partial during this peroid.It seems happy enough but I suppose more time is needed before giving a final verdict on my windowsill conditions.

    If I had to make a negative comment it would be the small size of the plant's leaf structures. I have to use a magnifying glass to see the details clearly.Then again,that's a reason to try and grow one of the larger species. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote (Seminole @ June 07 2003,06:44)
    I didn't realize that the clumping was due to self seeding....so if I understand you.....to keep a single plant of D.spatulata.....I need to intervene and prevent the plant from producing flowers and remove any offsets that may appear.[/QUOTE]
    I think you'll find that it also clumps because it so readily grows plants from any leaves that are touching the soil. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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