The Bog Blog

A blog about growing carnivorous plants.

Friday, December 02, 2005

D. Capensis "Alba" - Growing Tips

If you're new to CP's or a long time grower, Drosera capensis (Cape Sundew) is a great plant to have in your collection. They come in a few color varieties. There is the 'normal' type with green stems and reddish tentacles, an all red variety and an all green variety (aka "alba"). If you live in a mild climate, the cape sundew will grow all year round. It does not need a dormancy phase, unlike many other cp's - though you may notice slower growth and smaller leaves in the winter.

I grow my Cape Sundews in full sun. They are planted in a 50/50 mixture of sphagnum peat and sand and they always sit in a dish filled with an inch or so of water. As with all carnivorous plants, the water you use is critical. It must be free of any contaminants. In most places in the US this means using tap water is not an option. Most growers will use reverse osmosis, distilled water or they collect rain water. If you grow them outside, there is usually no need to feed them, as they will collect enough flying insects on their own. If you grow them on a window ledge, monthly feedings of powdered blood worms (available at most pet food stores) will be fine.

As the plants grow the older leaves will die and form a 'skirt' around the base of the plant (see picture above). Some people like to trim these leaves away, and that's fine. In fact, it will help prevent seedlings from sprouting up. My personal preference is to leave the 'skirt' intact.


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