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Question: my plant is almost dead

What do you do when drosera capensis is dry?


My plant is almost dead: Answer: my plant is almost dead

Dear Beatrice,

drosera capensis is a carnivorous plant originating, as the name of the species suggests, from the area close to Cape Town, South Africa; in adverse conditions these plants behave like annual plants, and therefore die when the winter cold arrives, or in the presence of excessive drought; if well cultivated, however, they can develop for years, also giving us a splendid flowering.

So, it is simply to be understood why the leaves of your sundew have dried up; therefore, I briefly indicate the characteristics and the cultivation needs of your plant, so that you can understand if and where you have done wrong and act accordingly accordingly.

The sundew, like most carnivorous plants, develops in marshy areas in nature, characterized by constant and continuous humidity; therefore they are usually kept in fairly deep containers, placed in a saucer, in which water is always kept, so that the soil is fairly fresh and humid throughout the year.

These plants show a very strong aversion to any type of salt present in the soil, be it limestone (due to the water of the waterings) or nitrogen (due to the fertilizations), for this reason it is avoided in all ways of supplying tap water, by watering plants with demineralized water, and any type of fertilization is renounced. Carnivorous plants do not need fertilizer of any kind, as they obtain the mineral salts they need by digesting the small prey they capture.

The soil in which they are grown consists of peat, mixed with a little perlite or pumice stone, so that the roots can breathe even if placed almost perpetually in the water; when we repot our carnivores, we must in any way avoid placing them in a universal soil, of the type found in the nursery, or even in the soil for acidophilic plants, because these soils are prepared by mixing the fertilizer compound, which quickly kill any type of carnivorous plant.

So let's go to the nursery and ask for peat, pure peat, without fertilizer.

The sundews are grown outdoors in a sunny area, possibly sheltered from the wind and excessive cold.

The fundamental problem to face consists in keeping the soil moist and fresh, despite the sun; considers that in Italy most of the carnivorous plants develop in nature around the alpine marshes, where in winter the climate is very harsh, despite the flat and blinding hours of sunshine.

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