Carnivorous Plants forum→Questions about cape sundew seedlings

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California (Zone 10a)
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Idontknowatall
May 11, 2020 5:42 PM CST
I bought three sundews (1 in, 2 in, and 3 in), and they just arrived today. Smiling I potted them in 2 inch pots right away. I tried searching on the internet but I can't really find anything about the care of sundew seedlings, so I'm hoping you guys can answer some of my questions. Smiling
1. How many hours of sun should they get? Can they get sunburned?
2. What can I feed them and how often? They look delicate so should I feed them small insects like ants rather than fruit flies?
3. How often should I water them? I'm using a carnivorous plant potting mix, so I hope it drains well.
4. I don't really get the "dew" part on the internet. Are sundews supposed to feel wet?
5. Are these seedlings healthy? I just want to make sure I don't do anything that would worsen their problem (if they have any).
One inch sundew:
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2 inch sundew:
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3 inch sundew:
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Thank you!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 11, 2020 6:47 PM CST
They look healthy. BUT, Sundews are bog plants. Keep them in at least 2 inches of water always. Hopefully, you didn't damage the roots with the dry soil. Yes, full sun is good. The dew forms on plants that are healthy and happy. That requires lots of water and a sunny location. If they get enough sun, the tubercles turn red.

No, don't fertilize and don't force feed them. Sundews live in the most nutrient deficient soil on the planet. Bugs are a treat, but they can catch they own treats.
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California (Zone 10a)
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Idontknowatall
May 11, 2020 7:08 PM CST
I used dry soil when I potted them but I watered them right after I was done. I had to hold the stem/top part of root up all the while when I was burying it. The sundews I ordered came as a 3 pack, so I had to separate them. Did I disturb the roots?

I plan to keep the big one at an east facing window that gets sunlight from about 8:30 to 11:00 in the mornings and the two smaller ones at a west facing window that gets sunlight from 4:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon. Is that enough sunlight?

Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 11, 2020 9:04 PM CST
If you separated them, you disturbed the roots. Why did you separate them? Potting in dry soil is never good for any plant.

You will know if its enough sun by how the plants react. Mine are in south facing windows.

Where did you get them?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
California (Zone 10a)
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Idontknowatall
May 12, 2020 11:43 AM CST
I separated them because they were 3 different plants. I got them from online ordering and they came in a ziploc bag with three 2 inch pots and some soil mix on the side. The roots were wet when I potted them since they were wrapped in a damp paper towel. Each plant had one long root. How should the plants react when they're getting enough sun? What signs should I look for?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 12, 2020 3:24 PM CST
When they are getting enough sun, they will have dew and turn red.

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I assumed, because you are in CA, you had purchased them from California Carnivores. I forget there are other places...
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
California (Zone 10a)
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Idontknowatall
May 12, 2020 4:10 PM CST
I see... There are actually a lot of sellers to choose from online Smiling

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