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I had two spoon leaf sundews and two Venus fly traps in one bigger plastic pot with drainage and I was bottom watering with distilled water. I think I left too much water in the bottom and the sundews started turning brown. I bought new sphagnum moss and I took the plants out and let them sit for maybe two hours which I think was even worse because then they got completely brown and dry. I sprayed them with distilled water and re planted them in their own smaller pots with a mixture of peat moss, sphagnum moss and perlite. They don’t seem to be getting much better and I’m not sure if they’re dead and I’m just wasting my time. 
 

I don’t think they got any root rot because I didn’t see anything when I took them out and they didn’t smell bad. 

also the Venus fly traps were looking a bit bad but they seem to be doing much better than the sundews  so it’s really them I’m worried about 

 

they don’t seem to be so dry and crispy anymore but it could be cuz I misted them to try to make them more moist or whatever and they’re sitting in new fresh little pots but I just can’t figure out if they’re dead or okay or what

What should I do? ☹️

(they get 14-16 hours a day under a blue/red grow light and a heat lamp to keep them around 75-80 degrees and I have a little cup over them for humidity)

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Bad pictures and I forgot to add a couple things to the post, sorry
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These are so easy to grow. Mine grow in a west facing window. They sit in a shallow tray of rainwater at all times. They get some afternoon Sun. I'd say stop spraying them. How much BRIGHT light do they get? I would stop messing with them and leave them alone. It may be too late by the look of them right now. Hard to say. Time will tell. You may want to get another one in the meantime. They need bright light to produce dew as well. Lack of dew means not enough light.

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I keep a grow light with red and blue on them 12-14 hours a day and they’re sitting in a little water. I had them for a few weeks and they were fine then suddenly turned brown so I’m a bit unsure of what I did to them in the first place. I did mess with them too much after that happened but before that I wasn’t doing anything but keeping water under them and turning the light on during the day so I just don’t know 

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If I had to guess maybe they're overheating if they were fine then suddenly not. Maybe too close to the lights, then a warm spell came and that pushed them past their comfort zone, or they were somehow receiving a bit of direct sunlight (which, with a dome over the top, will cook them given enough time).

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I actually did bring them outside and put them in the sun a couple times cuz it was nice out. They were my first plants and I thought that the grow lights were the same as direct sunlight so I thought it was the same and I kinda thought I was like giving them a treat having real sun cuz it was really nice and sunny for a couple days. I used one of those apps that are supposed to tell you what’s wrong with your plant and it said overwatered but I guess now I know grow lights aren’t the same as direct sunlight..so thanks for that cuz it does make more sense lol. I’m still trying to take care of them but only inside. It’s been a few weeks and they don’t seem to be any better but I’m still gonna try for a few more weeks just in case but at least now I know so I won’t make the same mistake. I appreciate the help everyone thank you 

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Yes, you proboably burnd them from too much sun too sudden.

Even thou it's possible to get grow lights that is strong as summer sun it comes with its tecnical challenges. A grow light that strong produce a lot of heat. Normal grow lights in the beginner range normally are in the range of 10-20 % of sun light. And beginners tends to have the light too far from the plant which will decrease effeciency a lot.

Get yourself a lumen measuring app to your phone. They seldom give correct measurement. But the ratio between indoor and outdoor conditions is enough for understanding how much of a difference it is.

There are no such thing as an app that can identify what is wrong with a plant based on a photo. Not even any plant expert that can. In order to accurately identify the problem one needs a lot of information about care and conditions.

Even thou your plant can tollerate (and prefere)full summer sun, it needs to aclimatize to it for a period of 4-6 weeks. Bringing it out direct in full sun is decremental.

Br

Magnus 

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