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Drosera Magnifica In Cultivation

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Hello everyone,

I came across an article about this gorgeous Drosera earlier this year and have been wondering for a while now if/when this species will come into cultivation?

I read in an article somewhere that the species is protected (and quite rightly so - such a loss in the wild would be more than a tragedy), so does this mean that not even wild seed can be sampled and brought into cultivation?

Here's a couple of links about it and photos of the beauty.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosera_magnifica

http://carnivorousockhom.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/drosera-magnifica-new-species-from.html?m=1

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To resurrect this thread...... I know this is now in cultivation. Has anyone anything to report on what works or doesn't work for it?

 

Best wishes,

Rob.

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Does not like heat. At all.....

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I saw a post on Facebook (or was it Instagram now I've started to also use it again a couple of days ago) the last few days from California Carnivores who have it in propagation and will be offering it for sale in the future.  Does anyone know of anyone else besides Damon and Peter at CC who have it in cultivation? I think brains need to be picked regarding its care you see.  I'll try and contact Damon and see how they're growing them.  I know theirs in their propagation area are under LED lights.  

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Kamil Pasek (BCP) is offering seedlings (?) at the moment - I'm going to try one out for the cause.

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29 minutes ago, Rob-Rah said:

Kamil Pasek (BCP) is offering seedlings (?) at the moment - I'm going to try one out for the cause.

That's excellent.  Thanks @Rob-Rah.  

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seed raised is a bit slower than TC. Sean is right about it not liking heat. Also doesn't like wet feet, so proper drainage and give it lots of light.

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Just how hot is "heat"? Are we talking 23C or 30+C? I saw it doesn't grow terribly higher than Utric nelumbifolia and U. reniformis, neither of which are ultra-picky about heat, and can take quite a high degree of cold.

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Would love to try growing but will wait until the price settles a bit!  Looking at the flower heads they must produce tons of seed if pollinated? Would be a good one for the CPS to source some seed and then a few of us could see how hard it is to keep happy. ;-p

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11 hours ago, Dunc said:

Would love to try growing but will wait until the price settles a bit!  Looking at the flower heads they must produce tons of seed if pollinated? Would be a good one for the CPS to source some seed and then a few of us could see how hard it is to keep happy. ;-p

I'll mention it to @Sheila Little

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@Dieball never got below around 60 - 70%

 

@Richard Bunn@Sheila LittleNo use looking for seeds. All legally collected seeds got send to and are used by specialists around the world (including UK) for exactly the purpose of finding things out. Non of those plants is near flowering size for some years.

 

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Thanks @Marcel van den Broek Does that mean the seedlings shouldn't yet be offered for sale? Just wondering why we know of one commercial grower who's selling them already, and one who is planning to in the near future. Not trying to stir the pot here, just wondering what you mean by "finding things out"?

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@Richard BunnThe seeds got distributed with the request to learn how to grow them and get them out in cultivation so no poaching of this plant would ever be needed.

People got selected for knowing their dews  and some are commercial parties like Kamil with the skill to produce relatively many plants by TC.

Others grow from seed and that takes longer.

Finding things out means exactly that. As this species is completely new to cultivation we needed to find out temperarue, light, soil mix, does it need GA3, etc, etc.

Stuff like that is being written up and will appear in CPN.

As for others planning to sell..that is up to them as it is up to them if they want to be identified. The growers are everywhere,: America (I mean the continent, not just one country), Europe,  Africa, Australia so wide distribution.

As it obivious from these posts that I'm one of them: I don't sell them. I chose to give them to people (and a BG) who are likely to keep it alive and to be an flowering adult with the pointers we found and are still finding and thus will get it in cultivation that way.:dance3:

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That's great @Marcel van den Broek .  Wonderful to think that this species may never be poached.  Looking forward to that CPN article when it's published.

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Sounds good - let's hope it's not too fussy and gets around fairly quickly.  Drosera usually seem the easiest CP given the right conditions (A lot are almost seeds in the greenhouse. 

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Well, I've had my plants a few days now, tried out in various locations, pots, soils, sun-exposures, moisture, etc.

Could it have been a worse time in the last few years to try to coddle a plant which is not going to like the heat? :D

 

So far none have collapsed at least.

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A bit of feedback...... a few plants are in the greenhouse in various soils and aspects.

 

One is in an internal north-west household windowsill under a bell-cloche with ventilation, and stood in a small amount of water in a perlite-based soil, and in a small, 3 inch, regular-dimensioned pot. That plant indoors has not been subjected to very high temperatures. However, it is doing by far the worst and may now be almost dead after 2 weeks. I think this must be lack of light, or possibly lack of airflow under its cloche. I'm going to move it into the greenhouse shortly to see if it prefers it there.

 

The other plants are in the greenhouse on the tray system, which has been over 30C most days since they have been in there - we are having a heatwave. They all get very good light and the vents and door have been open as much as possible, and are in a few different soil mixes, all very open, and all in long pots. Two are not thriving but are not dying - just sort of sitting there grumpy. The third is growing. The only difference for that third one is that it is in a long clay pot with no draining hole (the idea is that the clay will percolate enough water from the tray to keep the soil moist while never getting wet) and has a little more dappled shade, especially on its pot. I think from this that cool roots may be useful for the plant  -  the clay wicks water away and cools the roots via evaporation..

 

I will feed back any more brainwaves I have based on what I see from these plants over time.

 

(It could all just be random based on varying levels of root discomfort during shipping and transplanting!)

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Magnifica indeed... such a beautiful drosera and the flower stalks are wonderfully branched like mangrove roots

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On 7/11/2018 at 7:45 PM, Rob-Rah said:

A bit of feedback...... a few plants are in the greenhouse in various soils and aspects.

 

One is in an internal north-west household windowsill under a bell-cloche with ventilation, and stood in a small amount of water in a perlite-based soil, and in a small, 3 inch, regular-dimensioned pot. That plant indoors has not been subjected to very high temperatures. However, it is doing by far the worst and may now be almost dead after 2 weeks. I think this must be lack of light, or possibly lack of airflow under its cloche. I'm going to move it into the greenhouse shortly to see if it prefers it there.

 

The other plants are in the greenhouse on the tray system, which has been over 30C most days since they have been in there - we are having a heatwave. They all get very good light and the vents and door have been open as much as possible, and are in a few different soil mixes, all very open, and all in long pots. Two are not thriving but are not dying - just sort of sitting there grumpy. The third is growing. The only difference for that third one is that it is in a long clay pot with no draining hole (the idea is that the clay will percolate enough water from the tray to keep the soil moist while never getting wet) and has a little more dappled shade, especially on its pot. I think from this that cool roots may be useful for the plant  -  the clay wicks water away and cools the roots via evaporation..

 

I will feed back any more brainwaves I have based on what I see from these plants over time.

 

(It could all just be random based on varying levels of root discomfort during shipping and transplanting!)

Just to update...... all plants died except the one in dappled-shade in an undrained clay pot described above. It formed a kind of bud of leaves at the top of the stem during the hot weather. A bit like a hibernaculum in fact. I am hoping it may do better now it's autumn here and the unusually hot weather is passed.

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Condolences on your loss Rob-Rah.  Any picture to show?  Do you know how the other lucky growers have got on?  Do you know of anymore seed/plants being available for further trials?  

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