Sundews (Drosera) Introduction:
Just about wherever you find another type of carnivorous plant, you will have this companion beside it somewhere. This is a diverse plant that extends North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. There are many types of Sundews.
The types of Sundews are: Tropical/Sub Tropical, Cape, Forked, Tuberous, Pygmy, Wolly, and Temperate and
Many of these plants will enjoy a mix that is 50% sand and 50% peat moss. Sometimes it will be heavier on the sand than peat moss. But this is a good starting point.
As with all carnivorous plants, this plant will do best with Distilled, Rain or Reverse osmosis Water. Other waters ( Tap, drinking, mineral, purified, bottled ) will contain salts ( not listed ) and other minerals and chemicals that are harmful for the plants development.
It is best to never let your Sundew dry out. Just about all will take the tray method for watering. 1 -1 ½ inch of water.
Most will take full sun to partly shady conditions. There are some ( like the D. adelae that prefer shade, almost full shade ). Rule of thumb: More light will equal red plants, but small growth. Less light will equal green plants with bigger growth. Depending on what is important to you.
These plants will require a humid environment to maintain the ‘dew’. 60% or greater is recommended to keep the dew on the plants. During the winter, the humidity for some will be less. These plants grow well in a terrarium.
Most will take a range in temperatures from mid 60’s to mid 90’s. It is not recommended to have the temperatures higher than mid 80’s to low 90’s. Within this range of temps, your plants will thrive!
Your Sundews will catch small gnats, mosquitoes, flies, spiders, ants…anything that can’t break free from the dew. These plants will feed year round and are a great companion to a Venus flytrap or other carnivorous plants to control fungus gnats ( an Eco-friendly alternative to chemicals ).
You can fertilize your Sundews ( with the exception of Tropical, Australian ones – D. schizandra, D. adelae, D. prolifera ). Diluting an Orchid Fertilizer ¼ strength or an Epiphytic fertilizer, once monthly will help those that aren’t catching a lot of insects. Or for those that you would like to give a boost to.
- It is not uncommon for your plant to arrive with a dead or dying leaf ( or two ). These plants will go through tremendous shock from shipping but will recover within a few days.
- It is not uncommon for the plant to not have some of its dew on the leaves. With proper lighting/humidity, the dew will return to the plant within a few days.
- The Sundew / Drosera grow well with the butterwort plant
Some types of Sundews include:
D. adelae – tropical; this plant requires more shade and more moisture and humidity than most sundews.
D. schizandra – tropical: same as adelae
D. prolifera – tropical; same as adelae, as these plants are all from Australia
D. spathulata – sub tropical, very easy to grow. More light equals redder smaller plants, less light, greener and larger plants
D. aliciae – sub tropical, from Africa; nice rosette popular and hard to find.
D. slackii – sub tropical, from Africa; awesome plant if you can find it.
D. binata – forked; from Australia, can grow to a foot tall. This plant needs dormancy in the winter. Can take light frosts, but roots cannot freeze.
D. multifida – forked; no dormancy is tolerant of light frosts.
D. ‘Marston Dragon’ – forked; awesome hybrid, large plant that requires no dormancy.
D. capensis – Cape; easy to seed ( self pollinating ). Easy to care for. No dormancy
D. indica – Woolly; These plants will need summer dormancy. Grown in the Winter/Spring. From Australia.