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    Hello all,


    Like I said elsewhere, I am brand spanking newbie to CPs and needing the easy route to get my feet wet. I am very fascinated with sundews, as for the reason I am posting in this forum.

    Basically, I want to know which kind are easy to grow and maintain. through reading, I am assuming that D. capensis is fairly easy, especially since it doesn't go into "dormancy". I need time to be prepared for plants that require refridgeration or whatever to help put into the sleep stage and that is not an option right now.

    I am getting some D. capensis 'alba' seeds from elgecko. Read that those are pretty happy plants and easy going for a beginner and doesn't reequire dormancy stages. What i would like to know are a list of good beginner CPs that I can get into. I have/am purchasing Long Fibered Sphagnum and have Sphagnum Peat Moss. Also looking at soil types that can along with these. Like I said, I am a newbie and uneducated to say the least.

    I have a friend who has said a mix of Silicasand, Sphagnum Peat Moss, and Long Fibered Sphagnum at a 1:1:2 ratio. Not to undermine him and I saw pictures of his plants and they look very happy and pleased, but is this one of the best options for soils for sundews or does each one require something different? Little help please!

    Thanks all

    Krom, Brian of Illinois
    I am getting married in December and I live in Southwestern Illinois, right beside St Louis, MO. It will be an inside kept plant and they will go outside for fresh air/incests when the weather is nice enough. Pretty humid place and gets rather warm as well. Right now as a matter of fact, 81% humidity and temp of 82/heat index 94. Rather stiff humidity and a nightmare to breath [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    nidiformis has been an easy one for me that requres no dormancy. wait till around November and Tamlin will have LOTS of pygmy species if he is going to do his "Great Pygmy Drosera Gemma Giveaway" again, thats ALOT of work for him though. filiformis is easy but needs a dormancy along with rotundifolia. ill have to look when i get home and see which species i have that are easy and no dormancy. i should have seeds from my nidiformis in a couple of weeks that you would be welcome to. sand peat and LFS is a fairly standard mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I am getting married in December ... It will be an inside kept plant and they will go outside for fresh air/incests
    This will be an interesting marriage -- particularly the part about going outside for incest. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    LOL, I like the fresh air and incest too......!

    In your conitions, and of the tropical species should do fine: Drosera adelae, admirabilis, aliciae, brevifolia, burkeana, burmannii, binata, capensis, capillaris, coccicaulis, collinsiae, dielsiana, madagascariensis, nidiformis, prolifera, regia, spatulata, trinervia, venusta all spring to mind. With a little work all the others are possible as well and I will be happy to help you master any of them. ALl are of similar culture.

    The mix you mention is fine. Be sure to rinse the pet and sand before you use it to get the micronutrients out that might otherwise favor the growth of moss and algae and you are off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Be sure to rinse the pet
    Tamlin, typos are such a joy!

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    Rinse the pet before incest? What kinda show you guys runnin' around here, anyway? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    David, ya beat me to it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Bah! Typos and that is a horribly bad one at that! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] Well, I went to Lowes today and bought myself a couple pets.. finally found a place with some. I got two VFTs and a sundew. I believe it is just a typical VFT and a D. capensis... I think.

    I made a mixture of Sphagnum Peat Moss, Long Fibered, and Perlite (sp). 1:2:1. Give that a try I rekon. Put it in a tray of water so all of them are sucking from the same bowl of water but in different pots. I didn't wash the pets like a bad boy. They were in terrarium's and are pretty green. Seems remotely healthy to the newbie untrained eye. The soil is nice and moist and each plant has an ant or cricket. Must have been hungry because it really snapped on them. lol. I figured it should help I hope with helping give it some nutrients to their new home in my plastic pots. Sound alright to you all?
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