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Thread: In search of the Red Drosera capensis

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    heres a pic of my plant , it used to be redder during the summer outside but now its winter and i'm trying to duplicate the same conditions in my terrarium a few inches away from the lights .

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    Apparantly the light has to be quite intense for that coloration to build up. I remember my seedlings looked fairly red like Joe's, but the adults looked more like the latter pic.
    Joe, how many trays like that are you able to fit into your growing room, lol? Are you using undrained plastic sterilite-type boxes with pumice on the biottom to compensate for no drainage holes? How about a broader pic of your set-up?

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    My Drosera capensis 'red' only achieve his best coloration under full sun. Even close under my fluorescent tubes, they can reach a pinkish tint, but nothing more. Perhaps my tubes are too old (I know they are, but i don't know much the effects on plants!).

    Great plants PinguiculaMan, as usual!

    I was wondering: You seem to use frequently this recipe (pure LFS with bark at the bottom of the pot), do you apply this unique recipe to all your sundews? One thing is sure, the contrast of yellowish green moss with red leaves is striking!

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    Does anyone think some peat is required to get the amount of tannins essential for the red coloration, or maybe the bark at the bottom covers that area.

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    Joe

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    Joe,

    Check this same post later tonight. I will take some overall photos of my grow-room setup for you and post them here.

    As far as tannins necessary for increasing red pigmentation. If they do help with this function (and my anecdotal evidence says they do) I think the redwood bark would definitely make up for the lack of peat (lots of tannins).

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    Hi Joseph, I also agree on the similar clone. Last year it was a seedling and got frozen so it's now making a much better recovery and this summer it should show it's true colors. I have mine in peat and sand, same old Drosera mix. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    This explains why my 'red' seedlings never looked a whole lot redder then my commons (just a little redder)... *SOB* Why did the heater have to go on the blitz and cook them all last spring >_< ... O_o Hey hey, is that one of NepG's one of my babies? I can't remember who all got my babies before the accident. I sent out around a 100 of each varient (alba, red and typical)... I would love to see how they grew up, anyone have any photoes of the plants I sent out last spring?

    ...if it helps you all remember, I send my small plants and seedlings in bottle caps wrapped in plastic wrap so they don't get squished in shipping.
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    There are other red clones that are dissimilar to this form, and they never achieve the red that this plant gets. In full sun, there is NO green anywhere.
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