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    Been having some challenges with D. adelae. It'll grow strongly and produce numerous plantlets, then for no apparent reason, the majority of the leaves dry up and die off leaving rather unsightly plants. Similar effect to what happens if they receive any form of fertilizer. They're planted in LFS, under bright (but not overly bright) light, and in a high-humidity environment. Anyone else encounter this? I've seen numerous shots of some beautiful plants on this site, and just as mine start to look like that, they take a step or two backward. Any feedback/advice would be appreciated.

    Edit: The "specific epithet", second word in binomial species names are always written lower case.



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    One other bit of info...they are watered from the bottom with distilled/RO water, and sit in approx 1/2 of water at all times. Thanks!
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    My adalae must be a dud. the leaves don't look normal. They look kind a like o a wrinkled paper, but they're green... hmmm.. It's [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] mutated i bet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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    Interesting observation...a well-regarded and knowledgeable member of these boards would take the time to "correct" the genus/species identification (which, by the way, I know but didn't feel I had to be hyper precise when making a post -- what's next, spellcheck?), but fail to offer a useful suggestion about the question at hand. Not offering this in a mean-spirited way, but I was rather startled about the nit-pickiness and lack of viable helpful information. Food for thought.
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    Hey Seattleguy2,

    I'm a local here down in Puyallup. I share your experience growing the adelae at times. I've had excellent results growing this species in a north kitchen window in pure peat with distilled water 1/2 up the pot. Now the plants are in a terrarium under better light and humidity, and I've noticed the same pattern you described. The parent plants die off and the plantlets take over. From what I read and have observed, this is the normal life-cycle of these plants. Some say that lower light levels tend to make the plants live longer. Best of luck to you. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I also have had my Drosera adelae produce nice clumps of plantlets, only to have the main plants leaves decline rapidly. This seemed to occur when I took newly acquired plants that were kept in lower light conditions, and placed them in higher light conditions. In most cases the main/parent plant recovered with newer compact and very deep red leaves.

    I use rain or distilled water and I do not keep my plants standing in water at all times. I do allow the tank or saucer to dry out for a day before adding water. Care is taken to not allow the medium to dry out. Signs of drying out include rapid loss of dew and even browning leaves. Of course, root rot can also exhibit similar symptoms.
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    Same here, but at the time I did not know it, lol.

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    Quote[/b] (CaptainDrosera @ Jan. 22 2004,17:18)]My adalae must be a dud. the leaves don't look normal. They look kind a like o a wrinkled paper, but they're green... hmmm.. It's [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] mutated i bet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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