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    Getting info on CP seems to be pretty difficult, than, say, aquarium fish....as most of the sites I stumble on are either catalogs are include a small paragraph of info and "stats"(my pet peeve!).


    I've been eyeing pgmy sundews, especially with the possibilty of getting some gemmae from another board member.

    I've also been thinking about getting a capensis....since they are one of the larger species and are said to be easy.



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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

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    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    You can't go wrong with a capensis... It is a strong plant, which often (always?! :P) come back from its roots after a shock (frost, heavy aphids attack, crown rot), and which is spreading very fast (1 plant after 1 year = a lot of seeds!). They is some varieties/forms, to make your growing corner a little more colorful: D.capensis 'alba', 'red', wide leaf, etc. Other simple to grow species would be spathulata, but it is smaller... for bigger plant, go for a binata, you won't be deceived! Have a shaded area? D. adelae is easy too, but need a little more humidity. They are all easy sundews to grow, and very rewarding.

    About the pygmies, in my opinion, D. nitidula x occidentalis is the easiest pygmy of my collection, and it is not very picky about its growing conditions. So far, they are the strongest living pygmy I have !

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    Welcome to the forums!
    Drosera capensis is a great starter plant. it is virtually indestructable! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/ghostface.gif[/img] Drosera adelae or Drosera spatulata are also great starters. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Caring for them is pretty simple; give them distilled water, lots of light (D. adelae likes shade), and high humidity. Thats pretty much it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]




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    err... tom beat me! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    lol yup, but we agree on most species, its a good sign

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    I add my vote to the list! My advice is go with D. capensis. Of course, you won't be able to stop once you start. You do realize this I hope?
    "Grow More, Share More"

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    And you're right on that one Tamlin! I've started with only D.capensis and D.aliciae 7 years ago... and look at me now! How could I live without all these jewels!? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] Really addictive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Tamlin Dawnstar @ Nov. 01 2003,10:12)]I add my vote to the list! My advice is go with D. capensis. Of course, you won't be able to stop once you start. You do realize this I hope?
    LOl about getting addicted......I remember about 2 years ago in the tropical fish hobby. Just get the kribs in the ten and that'll be all for me......

    NOT!


    Well, guys, guess what came home with me today?

    It looks like a capensis, but I'll post a pic to be sure. It was just called "drosera". The most interesting thing is that the 2 others plants for sale were a couple cobra plants(I wonder how long those will live with their new owners?)and a single hybrid nep. The nep had a pitcher with red blotches, but I decided to pass it up.....for now.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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