I have been a successful VFT grower for the last 9 months or so, and I have gained a lot of knowledge from the Dionaea forum. My suggestion is that someone create a thorough "Care Tips" post for the Drosera forum that could be pinned to help newbies like me. I just bought my first Drosera from Home Depot, and things aren't going so well for it. When I came to this forum to find out how to care for it, I sorely missed a generic "Care Tips" post like is in the Dionaea forum.
As for my plant... I don't know what kind it is, but it is probably a "common Sundew" if such a thing exists, since I bought it at Home Depot. Here is a picture of it, if you are curious. *
When I transplanted it, peat got all over the leaves, and I tried to squirt-bottle them clean, which washed off all the dew. Then, a couple of days later I noticed some of the leaves were dying, and you can see that one of the new leaves coming out of the top has edges that look blackened, like it is dying. It has been about a week since I bought it.
What suggestions do you have for basic care? I am in So. Cal., where the weather is moderate in the winter, but it does get cold in the evenings sometimes. The plant is in partial sun now, although I did have it in full sun when I first transplanted it. It is in a water tray, and the pot it is in is a self-watering pot (you can lift out the pot the plant is in, and there is a water chamber underneath - the water seeps through the ceramic inner pot). I left the plant in its LFS and just put it in a bigger pot and put peat around the edges and on top.
Thanks for any tips.