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Cape Sundew

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Description

Drosera capensis, otherwise known as the Cape Sundew, is a sweet and unique looking carnivorous plant. We're stocking two varieties of the same plant, the red variety (Photo 1&2) has red pigment in its tentacles, while the white 'Alba' variety (photo 3&4) lacks such pigment (anthocyanin) and its tentacles are therefore lime green and the flowers are white.

Size: 9 cm pot

Origin: The Cape in South Africa

Care

Light: Bright indirect light, some direct sun (protect from strongest midday hours)

Humidity: High

Temperature: 15-27ºC

Watering: Use distilled or rain water (especially avoid hard tap water or mineral water) and water the plant from the bottom. Keep compost damp at all times, but not soaking wet or waterlogged. If you can keep them in a terrarium all the better as this will help keep humidity levels high. Reduce watering frequency (keep it just damp) from late november to early March.

Feeding: Do not fertilize this plant. You can occasionally "feed" the plant with gnats, fruit flies and even an occasional house fly.

Soil: Sundews need poor soil, a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite should be enough.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. Keep away from radiators and drafts. Do not poke the leaves of the plant.

Troubleshooting: Sundews like humid enivonments, but are susceptible to root rot. Use appropriate soil mix and provide a humid environment. If you notice that your plant isn't producing dew after several weeks, it may mean it is not receiving enough direct light. Carnivorous plants need acidic water and using neutral, mineral or alkaline water for long periods could damage your plant. The most commonly accessible source of acidic water is rainwater. You may also be able to use soft tap water or boiled tap water.

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