Sundew or Sun Dew

The droseras they live, as a general rule, in soils with few minerals and to complement their nutrition, they attract insects, capture and ingest them thanks to some glands that secrete a viscous plant substance. In fact, it is the drops of this viscous substance on the leaves that are guilty of being commonly known as sun dew, since they mimic dew.

Most species that make up the family of the droseras are perennials, although there are also some annuals. Due to the large number of species that enter this group, we can find plants from a few centimeters to more than three meters high, as in the case of some climbers.

The cultivation of the sundew

The cultivation of the sundew will vary depending on the species so we will focus on the most common ones at home, which are the subtropical species These species, among which are the Drosera capensis, Drosera aliciae, Drosera spatulata or Drosera binata,they have a low annual vegetative growth uniform or semi-uniform conditions and are the easiest to grow.

These plants require a large amount of light so that your mucilaginous glands remain pinkish. In fact, if we see that they lose color it is because of the lack of light. They also need an environmental humidity of between 40 and 70% during all year and average temperatures between 20 and 35ºC, the minimum should never be less than 10ºC. As for irrigation, we will need an always wet substrate, but with good drainage to avoid waterlogging. The water should not contain lime, so we can opt for filtered or bottled water to ensure good care of our plants.

Video: Scary Nature: Sundew Timelapse Compilation (April 2020).

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