How to Grow a Carnivorous Sundew Plant

Beautiful insect-eaters, Drosera sundew plants have sticky glandular tentacles that grab and eat victims. Successful sundew plant cultivation uses carnivores. How to grow carnivorous sundew.  

Sundew plant species vary in appearance and growth requirements. Cape, spoon-leaved, and intermediate sundews are common. Choose a climate- and growth-friendly species.  

1. Select Sundew Species  

To replicate nature, carnivorous sundew plants grow in nutrient-poor mediums. Mix equal parts sphagnum moss, perlite, and sand. Avoid normal potting soil, which contains sundew-harming nutrients.  

2. Select a Growing Medium

Grow your sundew plant in a shallow tray, pot, or terrarium. Sundews like damp, not flooded, conditions, so make sure the container includes drainage holes.  

3. Select a Growing Container

Sundew plants thrive in indirect, bright light. Put them on a windowsill or under grow lights for several hours of sunlight each day. Stay out of direct sunshine, which can scorch their delicate foliage.  

4. Provide Adequate Lighting

Water the growing medium with distilled, rainwater, or filtered water. Avoid tap water with sundew-harming minerals. Use a humidifier or a humidity tray with water and pebbles to keep the plant humid.  

5. Watering and Humidity

For nutrition, sundew plants devour insects. Their sticky tentacles attract insects. Besides catching small insects, sundews can be fed fruit flies or gnats to encourage growth.  

6. Feeding and Care

Trim dead or dried leaves periodically to keep the plant looking good and prevent fungal growth. Be careful not to disturb the sticky tentacles, which capture prey. Check for pests and treat them quickly.  

7. Pruning and Maintenance

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