Drosophyllum again after 8 years


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So happy to have this magnificent species once again after 8 years...Last time I had 5 adult flowering plants but all of them died when I had to go on a workshop for a month, the plant keeper had them too dry.

Once again I have about 5 young plants. This time I'm experimenting with media, temperatures; reading articles online and trying to have more control over their growth to find the perfect conditions.

I am also in a different region now (hotter) so things are already different.

 

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1 hour ago, Fabrice Reolon said:

hi

and why aluminium paper around the pot?

 

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I believe it is used to reflect sun rays in order to reduce pot heating. I do the same but using reflective scotch.

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1 hour ago, Carnivor said:

I believe it is used to reflect sun rays in order to reduce pot heating. I do the same but using reflective scotch.

Yes exactly. The area I'm in right now is getting very hot. Aluminium foil makes a difference of about 10+ degrees in soil temperature and makes a more stable change.

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This plant seems to be a magnet for little nocturnal moths, I have to admit I find it almost a little sad.

It also recently caught a big damselfly, must have been an accident ? What a horrible place to consider resting on...

 

 

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On 5/14/2021 at 11:17 AM, maxxima said:

Totally forgot how successful this plant is...

 

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This why its my fav carnivor plant.. the amount of insects it can catch in a day is amazing ..which is probably associated with this strong scent it has

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So this summer I had 5 plants. At the peak of summer I was watering them every 2 days and apparently it wasn't enough because I lost 3 of them. The remaining two plants I watered every day and they survived. My media is mostly mineral so what worked for other growers (ie watering less) didn't work in my conditions.

It was interesting to observe that they shrank to almost half their size during the hottest months. Little dew (althought they kept catching) and they lost their upright claw-like form. Then we had a week when there was very strong morning dew (everything looked wet like it had just rained) and they almost doubled in size with big droplets of dew and went right back to their upright form.

It was amazing to see how they reacted so positively to morning dew.

Here they are now 3 months later.

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As time passes I am dreading the upcoming peak summer month(s) when the night time temps will be consistently too high in this corner of the world. This is always the worst time for me, I much prefer the winter. I've never seen the cold kill a plant (even a D. Capensis) but the heat destroys everything and it gets worse every year...

At least it looks like I will be able to collect seed in case they don't make it through the heat. I sincerely hope they make it since I am very fond of them.

They both started flowering at the 1 year old mark. The bigger one (with the aluminum foil) is from another grower and even though it's a few months older, it's flowering later, almost a month of difference. Maybe it's from a higher elevation ? Also there seems to be minor differences in flower spikes but I can't say for sure until they have fully formed.

I was hoping to cross pollinate them but looks like they either won't overlap or they will but for only a few buds.

 

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