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Name: Jared Nicholes
Post Falls, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jan 14, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Hello!

I have a spoonleaf sundew plant I just got in the mail, and the instructions, well they are VERY broad and don't give much info on care for the plant. All the instructions say is "prefers summer temps of 70-100F and winter temps of 38-45F" I came here to ask questions on care not mentioned in what was provided.

First, It says keep cold in winter, what should I do about that? Put it in a refrigerator? (Thats what I did with a dormant Venus fly trap by the way)

Second, should I keep the soil moist with distilled water?

Anything else I should know?

Thanks!

Jared.


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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 14, 2016 6:37 PM CST
I see we don't have much information for this plant in our database, but here' a site that might provide some guidance till someone with more experience chimes in.
http://www.growsundews.com/sundews/aliciae.html
(Drosera spathulata is a synonym for Drosera aliciae)
And distilled water is definitely a good way to go, particularly if you have hard water in your area.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jan 14, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Subtropical plants don't go completely dormant so I don't think putting it in a dark refrigerator would be a good idea.

Most CP growers recommend using distilled water.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 14, 2016 7:05 PM CST
Jay, if that's not correct, we need to make a change in the database, because it shows Drosera spathulata as a synonym for Drosera aliciae.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 7:17 PM CST
Catalogue of Life has it as the synonym. (December 2015)
http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/1860ec...
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jan 14, 2016 7:24 PM CST
woofie said:Jay, if that's not correct, we need to make a change in the database, because it shows Drosera spathulata as a synonym for Drosera aliciae.


You are correct woofie. When I did a google search, Google removed the h from the name and gave me D. spatulata instead of D. spathulata. *Blush*
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 7:26 PM CST
What company sold this plant?
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Post Falls, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jan 14, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Hello!

I cant remember the company, I ordered it awhile ago. I wish I remembered now!

Thanks for the info though!

I collect carnivorous plants, I currently have 2 Nepenthes, a Venus fly trap, The sundew I mentioned, plus another sundew and Purple pitcher plant on the way.

I'm also planning on growing others from seed.

By the way, Woofie mentioned a Database, what exactly is that? Im young and I dont really know.

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 7:40 PM CST
If the plant just arrived in the mail you should have a receipt or box or something with the name of the seller. Was this a regular nursery type company or an eBay seller?
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Post Falls, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jan 14, 2016 7:45 PM CST
Hello!

It wasnt Ebay, I just looked at the box and it was sold by Hirts Gardens through Amazon. Does that help?

Jared
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 8:07 PM CST
Here on All Things Plants we accentuate the positive and give good reviews for sellers that have proved to be superior, reliable, trustworthy, etc. Thumbs up

Other sites allow positive, neutral and negative reviews. From reviews I have read Hirt's does not have a good reputation and has been known to mislabel plants. Almost 1/2 of the reviews are less than positive.

Keep in mind that you may have a different type of Sundew than what the label reads, especially considering they used an incorrect spelling. Check also for the care of Drosera intermedia or D. rotundifolia or similar.

I agree I agree that putting the plant in a cold, dark refrigerator is not a good idea.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jared Nicholes
Post Falls, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jan 14, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Hello!

Well, at least the plant has a new home with a caring gardener. I will be more careful in the future. Thanks so much for the info!

Jared
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 8:30 PM CST
Take lots of photos as the plant grows and thrives. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 14, 2016 8:52 PM CST
@jnicholes The database I was referring to was the one on this site. We have a rather extensive plant database, but not all entries are as complete as they could be. http://garden.org/plants/
The entry for your plant is here. As you can see, not a great deal of information on this one. Sundew (Drosera aliciae)
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 19, 2016 11:16 PM CST
Drosera love sun and water. You should have your plant in a saucer of water that is at least half the height of the pot its planted in and as much sun as you can give it. As you are in Idaho, I would recommend distilled water.

According to Amazon, it should be D. Spatulata (its spelled wrong on the website). They are incredibly hardy and you will have them sprouting up in every wet pot in your growing area.

D. Spatulata is a tropical sundew, that means they don't need a dormancy period. Find it a sunny window sill, keep it in a saucer of water and it will be one happy plant.

Daisy

PS Next time, check out CaliforniaCarnivores.com
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 20, 2016 12:48 AM CST
DaisyI, Welcome! Welcome to ATP,

If you look over on the left blue area you will see the words Green Pages; click on that and find the listing for California Carnivores. You can write a review that will help others learn about your positive experience with the company. Thank You!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jan 29, 2016 11:07 AM CST
jnicholes said:Hello!


Ok, not to suffocate this website, but take a look at flytrapcare.com, I got all sorts of carnivorous plants.
I have a spoonleaf sundew plant I just got in the mail, and the instructions, well they are VERY broad and don't give much info on care for the plant. All the instructions say is "prefers summer temps of 70-100F and winter temps of 38-45F" I came here to ask questions on care not mentioned in what was provided.

First, It says keep cold in winter, what should I do about that? Put it in a refrigerator? (Thats what I did with a dormant Venus fly trap by the way)

Second, should I keep the soil moist with distilled water?

Anything else I should know?

Thanks!

Jared.


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Brenden
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 29, 2016 3:14 PM CST
I'm confused. Didn't we have this conversation? Oh, I see. Brenden quoted Jared but then had nothing to say.... Confused



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