Ask a Question forum: Sundews, how is it caring for them?? Indoors

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Name: Amanda Martin
May 20, 2016 6:16 PM CST
I plan on getting a sundew this weekend and I read up on how to care for them. Well we all know most of it is easier said then done with some plants.. I wanna know how is it caring for one and is it difficult or pretty basic. What do you feed them..
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
May 20, 2016 8:05 PM CST
Welcome, Amanda! I can't help as I have zero idea what a sundew is, but I'll bet somebody will chime in with the answers! Welcome!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 20, 2016 10:55 PM CST
Welcome! Amanda!

Sundews are easy - their demands are simple. Always keep their pot in a saucer of water and provide plenty of sunshine. They feed themselves by catching gnats and other insects. If they don't find any bugs to eat, don't fret as they are also photosynthesizing. You will have little sundews in no time at all.

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Name: Amanda Martin
May 21, 2016 12:16 AM CST
Thank you!! I have a fire escape.. can they be in direct sunlight for alittle while because my apartment doesn't get too much sunshine through the window
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 21, 2016 6:29 AM CST
The need to feed sundews apparently varies depending on the species. My understanding is that they extract mineral nutrients from their prey to augment what little they might get via their roots in their normal habitat. So basically the bugs are "fertilizer". While they do photosynthesize, that's how plants make energy food from sunlight, that's not the same thing as providing them with nutrients via bugs (or roots). I've read of people using a certain kind of fish food and other things to feed sundews that do need feeding where they can't capture enough bugs. This article on the topic may be of interest:
Name: Amanda Martin
May 21, 2016 6:49 AM CST
That's a really helpful article!! Thank you.. who knew you can feed them fish food lol that's definitely something new to me..
Name: Amanda Martin
May 21, 2016 3:59 PM CST

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Got these two today from the plant shop :)

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