I recently received a Venus Flytrap and Drosera Spatulata in the mail. They both came pretty banged up. I left them in a bowl of distilled water for about two days, and transplanted both the drosera and flytrap in a clay pot (two separate pots) using only long fiber sphagnum moss.
A few questions (some pictures later):
1. How wet is too wet? Is there a good way to tell? Don't want either plant to die from root rot.
2. Is pure long fiber sphagnum only ok? I heard peat moss was non-renewable/unsustainable , and Lowe's only sells them in huge, gigantic bags which I don't need that much.
3. Some of the flytraps upon arrival were shut...but in a weird way. The traps teeth like parts (sorry, don't know the name yet) are not closed together like normal, but rather straight up, either side not touching each other, but the trap itself it shut tight. The trap itself almost looks like it's trying to suck itself inside out.
4. Seattle, WA is pretty darn cool and dry, even during the summer. Would buying a humidifier help at all? I read droseras and carnivorous plants like humidity in general and help them grow better, even if they can tolerate cooler weather. If so, hot or cool humidifier?
5. I purchased a 5000k 13w=60w equivlent compact fluorescent bulb. Is this enough for the plants? I noticed there was 5000k with 20w=100w equiv. What's better? I usually put the plants next to the window where they get sunshine, but at night I like to put them under the light.
6. My drosera came in a pretty pathetic condition. No dew, dried up, the little hairs look like they just woke up from bed, but it has a nice green color. Assuming I take good care of it, how long can I expect it to grow again? This is my first time taking care of plants, and I know patience is a requirement for this hobby, but I was wondering the average time I can see this drosera start growing some dew. I'm assuming longer than usual for me since I transplanted them today they are both going through some shock.
I'll post some pictures later...