Drosera capensis Carnivorous plant Sundew Garden insect eating
Droseras are found in most parts of the world, but more live in Australia than anywhere else.
They catch mosquito’s, ants, flies and other small insects by catching them on the sticky nectar on the tentacles of their leaves.
They all flower at different times of the year.
Some varieties go dormant in summer when the soil dries out, others grow all year round.
Some lay flat on the soil to catch crawling insects, and others stand upright to catch flying insects.
Some varieties can grow up to 60cm tall.
REPOTTING: When re-potting your Drosera you should use a mixture of 75% Sphagnum peat moss and 25% propagating sand or perlite. Wet this mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it. The best time to re-pot is in the spring when the plants are doing most of their growing. Use a pot to suit the size of the plant, giving it enough room to grow for the following year, but not too big that it dwarfs the plant.
WATERING: See more watering info at bottom of page under "WATER".
Do not ever let your Drosera dry out. During Spring, Summer and Autumn sit it in a saucer of water, changing the water frequently. The water should cover the drainage holes of the pot. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water.
In winter do not let the plant dry out but don’t leave it sitting in water all the time.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. You will end up killing your plant this way. We feed with a mixture of Seasol and Powerfeed (Powerfeed is made by the same company as Seasol). To one litre of water, put 4 ml of Seasol and 1ml of Powerfeed. If you cant get Powerfeed, then just use the Seasol at 4ml per 1 litre of water. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot.
LIGHT: Droseras require a high level of light. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch and some growers grow them outside in the full weather.
HUMIDITY: Drosera’s like humidity. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide this. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive.
DORMANCY: During winter most Drosera's go into their dormancy period. They will stop growing. Do not worry. This is a natural occurrence and the plant must go through this period in order to stay alive and gain strength to grow their spring traps and flowers. Cut off any dead leaves at the base of the plant. In spring the plants will send up their new leaves/pitchers.