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Drosophyllum comparison

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Here is a photo taken last weekend of my 3 Drosophyllum, all were from seeds set on 28th February this year. Until early July they were all kept together in the greenhouse.

Back then the one in the middle was similar sized to the one on the right and I took it up to gardenofeden's open day to see if anybody wanted it. When I brought it back I didn't have room in the GH anymore so left it to take its chances in the garden. Since then it's been outside come rain or shine throughout the Derbyshire Summer and Autumn, including a huge hailstorm we had a couple of months back, and just look at it now. Like some kind of cuckoo chick it now dwarves its siblings.

I haven't grown them before so I assume I need to take it back into the gh for the winter but next year all 3 plants will be outside from spring onwards.

Thanks for looking.

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They are pretty tough plants. I keep mine in the GH all the time but have heard they are frost hardy. Worth trying outside with a bit of shelter from the worst of the weather...?

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Really this specimen carnivore is wonderful and I tell you that apear the brittle ency, this plant is quite sturdy. If I'm not mistaken, i read a comment posted by a Dutch member of this forum saying that this CP cultivated outdoors, having the same supported a winter with temperatures around -12 ยบ C. The Drosophyllum the end of this season seemed to have died, but then began to lay new traps and summer was fully recovered.

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Rodrigo F. Costa

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Worth trying outside with a bit of shelter from the worst of the weather...?

...hmmm, might give it a try if I feel brave enough, not sure which plant I want to risk though :unsure:

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Could it be simply the one outside has been feed more insects than the ones indoors? The middle one looks covered in critters, but the other two look bare. Or is it simply the reverse being the case - it's covered in critters because it's grown so big?.

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Could it be simply the one outside has been feed more insects than the ones indoors? The middle one looks covered in critters, but the other two look bare. Or is it simply the reverse being the case - it's covered in critters because it's grown so big?.

I suspect it initially benefited from the greater number of insects outdoors compared to in the greenhouse which in turn accelerated the growth so that it's "critter capacity" grew proportionately too in a kind of snowball effect.

One other difference was the watering regime. The ones in the greenhouse were watered by the tray method standing in about 3 or 4cm of water whereas the outdoor one had all the rain that was going and during the heat-wave got an occasional splash from the hosepipe(in the pot not directly on the plant). If you look at the lower leaves of the indoor ones (left and right in the picture) they have dead lower leaves, which the middle one doesn't, which makes me think they may have been underwatered. The smaller ones also only have one new leaf at a time from the central grow point whereas the middle one has multiple new growth sprouting from all over the base of the plant which wasn't something I was expecting.

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