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Question: where can I buy a Drosera?

Goodmorning everyone!

I would love to have a sundew, especially rotunifolia, but I don't really know where to find it on the market. Someone can help me, I'm from Turin


Drosera cultivation: Answer: carnivorous plants in the nursery

Dear Federica,

Drosera is a carnivorous plant widespread in most of the globe; in particular, most of the approximately 150 species are widespread in South America, Africa and Australia; only a few species are native to Asia and Europe. In any case, sundews also exist in Italy, in particular in the areas of rotten upright. The most widespread species is drosera capensis, whose origin is the area around Cape Town in South Africa. This carnivore, very particular, has thin, elongated leaves, covered with thin hairs, on which there is a drop of sticky substance; when an insect settles on the leaves, they roll up, keeping the insect imprisoned; the sticky substance also contains digestive enzymes, which slowly consume the insect, drawing the nitrogen necessary for the life of the plant. Contrary to what is often believed, a carnivorous plant does not devour dozens of insects; as is the case with any plant, even carnivores require very few quantities of nitrogen, which they can also obtain from sporadic insects that land on their traps. It is not difficult to find a sundew in the nursery, a little more difficult is to find one of the species we want; if there are about 150 species of sundew in nature, you will understand that a plant producer cannot afford to sow or reproduce 150 different species of a plant with another method. Drosera capensis is the most common species in Africa in Italian nurseries, also because it is among the simplest to grow, even in the apartment. Drosera rotundifolia is a species native to North America, widespread especially in Alaska, you will understand that it is not a plant that is so simple to keep in a nursery, for example 'Roman', during the hot Italian June. If you want more information on nurseries or producers specializing in carnivorous plants, I invite you to contact the Italian Carnivorous Plants Association, which is based in the botanical garden of Padua (even if you live far from Padua, I recommend you visit it, it is the first botanical garden that has ever been created in the world). The association also has a website (//www.aipcnet.it/aipcjoomla/index.php) and is concerned with spreading more knowledge about these particular plants, and their cultivation; in addition to this, the association has a seed bank, and is always updated on fairs, exhibitions, and events strictly dedicated to carnivores, or even to other particular plants. They will surely be able to show you which nursery has small sundew rotundifolia plants.

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