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    Hello! I have had for the last year 4 plants of Drosera capensis 'alba'. They were big and beautiful. They were from 3 to 4 inches high. But sudenly something went wrong.

    One of the plants produced flowers, and when the flowers went away and the plant died. Then the other 3 plants started to go thru a strange process: they stoped producing new leaves and then when they started to produce new leaves these leaves are like damaged. Bellow is a picture. The pic is not that clear, but i hope it can help to recognize what is happening to my plants.



    As you see the leaves are damged, they do not have tentacles nor dew. Why?

    I do not know if i am right, but i have in my mind a memory that i read somewhere that Drosera plants die after they produce flowers, is this correct?

    Anyways, i would like to know what is happening with my plants. Does anyone knows? please, help!!!!!

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    these plants definately don't die after flowering. at first glance i thought it was U. llongifolia, then i real the message and i'm afraid i can't help you. i'd toss it and get a new one if it doesn't straighten up it's act [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hello JustLikeAPill! I wish i could have the strenght to thow away these plants. But i cannot, i am so in love with them i still there is hope in the bottom of my heart;0).

    I hope i can find a way to make them fel better.

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    spray pesticide/fungicide just in case.

    looks like aphids... sorta but not really.

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    Hello! I thought at fisrst that maybe was some kind of infection. But i looked very close, i used a magnifiyer and made some tests under the microscope, but there is no infection.

    Is it possible that they are recieveing too much direct sun-light? They recieve morning sun-light, but some times the evening sun-light get thru the shade also. So i am thinking if this problem is a matter of too much sun. What do you think?

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    I'm very sorry to hear about your plants, Jorge. I can imagine this is pretty frustrating.
    I recently moved my D. capensis outside and the sunlight burned the tentacles right off some of the leaves that had been produced indoors... they just dried up and fell off. So your too much sunlight idea could be correct. After a week or so my plants made a full recovery and are now putting out the nicest leaves I've yet to see from them, about a month later.
    But by the time my plants lost their tentacles, the leaves were dead, too... I find it curious that the leaves of your plants are still green and active. Did those leaves ever have tentacles or were they formed bare? If I were you, I'd treat it with an all-purpose pesticide and leave it in a partly shaded spot outdoors away from other plants. It very possibly could have aphids - when my D. capensis got aphids, they put out deformed leaves for weeks before I found a single bug, and I was definitely looking for them as soon as the deformed leaves started to come out.
    You could try chopping the top off one to try to force it to come back from it's roots. Submerging the plants as you would for aphids and other pests might be a good precaution as well.
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    Hello Joe! Well about the leaves yes and no. Some of the leaves were born with tentacles, but then suddenly, one morning, they lost their tentacles, and since then all the new leaves are born without tentacles.

    So it think I will follow the advice that you guys give me. It is possible that it is an aphid infestation. Anyways i will do some other tests under the microscope to be sure that there is no other strange thing on my plants.

    I am very frustrated with this, my plants were very beautiful and big... I was so proud. I hope i can save them, well at least the 2 that are left. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    UPDATE!

    Guys, you were right. The problems that i have with my plants is an infestation of aphids. I looked my plants this morning and there were colonies of aphids.

    Is there any natural way I can kill them? I do not like to use chemicals on my plants.

    With my other plants (non-carnivorous) i use water with dish-soap, and this kills the aphids. But i am not sure in using this method with Carnivorous Plants.

    What do you suggest
    HELP!!!!!!!!!

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