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    Well about a week ago I recieved some Drosera adelae root cuttings and a big Drosera dichotoma leaf. I burried the adelae roots in sand and sphagnum but I'm not sure that was what I was supposed to do. What do I do to get root cuttings to grow?

    The dichotoma leaf has these long white threads coming out of the leaf on all sides in many places. It's in regular water and I don't know what I'm supposed to do with it now. The little white threads have tiny plants on the end as well. I just have no clue how to get them into a pot now. I have absolutely no experience with this kind of thing so any help is welcomed. Thanks.

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    The basic idea is to get the leaves to be on top of soil, dew side up, moist, and covered. That can be achieved through a variety of methods. I use my plastic pipette dispenser containers, as well as 50 ml centrifuge tubes. Others use a baggie. I also have success in placing them on top of live, swampy LFS, uncovered.

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    So now that there are plantlets growing on the dichotoma leaf, I should just sit it on top of it's prefered soil mix?
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    I would put a layer of soil in its container and let the water naturally evaporate, allowing the plantets to nestle in and get rooted.

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    Ok..then I'll have to put some LFS underneath the cuttings. Any ideas on the adelae root cuttings though?
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    With cuttings of roots and leaves, I don't do anything more than putting them on/under a little media that the plant grows in. For binata sundews, I just put the ends of the leaf under peat/sand, and make sure rest the leaf is resting on the surface, and not suspended in air. They always seem to work. If it has roots and plantlets, just cut the whole section with the plantlet/roots off and put the roots and original leaf segment just under the surface of the media with the plantlet sticking out. You will have lots of plants. Roots can be buried just under (1/2 inch) the surface of the media and wait. I don't use lids, bags, or anything.

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    Ah, ok, sounds simple enough. So if I just lay the cuttings on the surface the little plantlets' roots will find their own ways into the soil. I'll do it first thing tomorrow! (I've been awake for 31 hours and I'm not even tired. ^_^
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    I received the same plants you did. I took the dichotoma leaf and cut two pieces off and placed in water, nothing yet. And the top/leaves or the cutting I put in/on just LFS, it's turning black and I don't have roots or anything. Should I put it fully in water?

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