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Drosera Regia strange growth habit

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Hi Everyone, I’ve been growing drosera Regia for many years have lost a couple and it’s always been at the same stage in their life. I can always easily get them to this stage in their lives but can’t seem to get them past it to true adulthood when they put up thick footlong leaves that are tall and erect. What happens is after I repot them into a larger pot they start putting down more and more taproots as the leaf crown “walks” closer and closer to the edge of the pot till it can’t go any farther then the plants rapidly decline and die. In all my research I can’t find any rhyme or reason for it.
 

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bluemax

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That is certainly mysterious to me. The plants in your photos look completely healthy to me, though I would prefer higher light levels. I've always found D. regia to be a bit temperamental tho' it generally grows pretty well for me. I'll be interested in hearing what the solution is.
 

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I would tend to agree with bluemax. Increasing light may help with the plant wandering. I don't see excessive internodal space in your pictures, but it does look a bit pale and maybe etiolated.

Fun aside: an aerial root on a D. capensis, pictured. I don't think they're diagnostic of an issue, but do seem to appear on taller Drosera. Is anyone more familiar with the role of aerial roots in the genus? May be time for a google search...

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