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    I guess I can just mist them once a week or so.. and then just make sure the bottom soil is most at all times.

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    I don't mist mine at all.. somehow my fluorescent tank manages to have high humidity all the time, although it's been months since I last sprayed or poured water on the gravel in the bottom. But there's still good ventalation. Go figure. It's a mystery.
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    I think i am going to transfer my plants from an aquarium tank to a window sill type pot. Therefore I can have the water tray. It just seems easy to water, especially when you have to go on trips for a few days.

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    I have to agree with the statements regarding the need for good light for good dew. Drosera appreciate fresh air and good air circulation and grow better for me outside the terrarium where the light isn't cut back by the glass. Another common error is in thinking the mix Drosera are in MUST be sodden all the time. It's fine for the water tray to sit dry for a day or two: it brings oxygen into the spaces in the mix, discourages some bacterial processes and is generally good housekeeping (it also gets rid of potential mosquito larvae). Top watering is always in order. Many Drosera species grow only where there is water percolating through the mix. I have never found any "compaction" issues from topwatering with my plants. I try to avoid wetting the leaves of plants in terraria situations, but plants in good air circulation do not object. Top watering also washes dead dprey off the leaves, and these corpses are often colonized by nasty fungi that can affct the plants. I have grown over 20 species totally submerged for weeks, and the dew returns within hours when they are exposed to the air again. Misting is ok, but probably not needed for humidity reasons as much as for washing off the leaves. In other words, don't worry about it. Worry about getting your plant enough light and a very nutrient poor mix to grow in and pure water to water with - then you will be on Dew Street.
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    Thanks for the info TAMILIN DAWNSTAR

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    In my fluorescent tank, the bulb shines directly onto the plants.. the only plastic cover is the cut sheet of hard plastic with holes in it that covers the part of the mouth of the tank not already occupied by the fixture.
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    By the time my plant has a lot of insect husks on a leaf, that leaf dies naturally...so it's not an issue for me. I sometimes overwater via overhead method (so water spills all over the sill) so I prefer to bottom water. Only times I've seen loss of dew are aphid attacks, the plant isn't acclimated to the humidity, or the soil has been bone-dry for too long. I have only seen fungus from insect carcasses on leaves if the humidity is too high and there is no air circulation.
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    The tray metion works best.

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