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My poor sundew

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    How can one know when a sundew is too wet or when to water it? When I got one two and a half months ago there were five healthy plantlets. I set the pot in an inch of water as the instructions said, but some of the plantlets started dying, and I noticed that the soil was completely saturated. After that I started watering from the top, but then I completely lost one plantlet and two more started looking bad. After that I read that sundews don't like getting water on top of them, so I went back to setting the pot in water. However, it is again saturated, and the plant continues to decline. I am using distilled water as per the vendor's instructions. Any suggestions? Thanks, I'm really hoping I don't kill this plant.

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    I'm so sorry, I don't know too much about sundew...do they require humidity or some sort of nutrient that you are not providing? Are they getting too much sun? I think they are a low-level jungle plant that usually only receives filtered light. Sorry I can't be of much help!

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    I have always had bad luck with plants like this. I hope someone can help you. I would like to know too. Good luck.

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    I have quite a few Sundews they are in small pots in Spag. moss the pots are just sitting on the plant rack. I water with rain water no Fert at all they catch their own food can water them with a turkey baster , they like fairly bright light . Gin

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    I have 2 pots of them and have them in a shady spot on the bench...maybe I should move them to a brighter location. I have them in a soiless potting mix they bloomed for me since receiving them earlier this year. They get watered with everything else
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    Depends on what type of dews you have, what you potted them in and where you got them.

    Are these ones from a BBS in the infamous "cubes of death"? If so did you remove the lid and plant it without transition? Dews in the CoD need to be slowly acclimated to normal humidity levels.

    Dews generally like lots of light and moist to wet conditions. They do not like to dry out. No fertilizer and do NOT use regular potting soil as that often has fertilizer added.


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    Im sorry.I too didn't know much about this plant..Unfortunately, I already killed them in 3 month when the temperature were high in lowland.

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    I ordered my sundew online. It did not come in a plastic cube, but I have clear plastic bowl propped over it right now to help with humidity. (I had put one there when I first got the plant, but later removed it completely--not a slow transition. )

    The sundew I have is Drosera spathulata Frasier. There is moss growing on top of the pot, but I believe it may have soil of some type underneath. It is sitting behind my orchids in an eastern facing window.

    The turkey baster sounds like a very good idea. I will try that instead of sitting the pot in water.

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    So did you repot it upon receipt? If not what size pot is it in?

    Personally, I do find them easier to grow in a terr ... mainly because I am prone to forget to water as regularly as I should.

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    Sorry to hear what's happening to your sundew. I also ordered my sundew (D. capensis 'narrow leaf', D. capensis 'alba narrow leaf ') online couple months ago and they seemed to be doing okay. I have repotted them and sit them in a dish with water. The soil always remains saturated and I only water them when I see the dish is nearly dry by adding RO (or rain) water to the dish itself. Like Gin mentioned, no fertilizer ever as it will kill them since is too strong for them.

    Upon googling for your particular sundew, it mentioned that:
    It grows well in the standard 1:1 peat:sand "CP mix". The plants tend to go though cycles of growth and semi-dormancy. It will tend to be redder under brighter light.

    Could your sundew just be going into dormancy? According to The Carnivorous Plant FAQ: About dormancy requirements

    "Different plants enter dormancy during different seasons. Many carnivorous plants rest during the cold of winter by forming tightly bound hibernacula or turions---some Drosera, Pinguicula, and Utricularia are notable for this. Some sundews such as Drosera binata may stop growth and die back to the soil without forming any obviously specialized structure beyond a thick root system. ..."

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