Carnivorous Plants forum: Drosera binata - forked sundew

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Mar 28, 2017 1:35 PM CST
I bought a small plastic pot - 3" square x 4" tall - of forked sundew at a garden show a couple of months back. The seller gave me excellent instructions on keeping it happy. I use only distilled water and flood the saucer to water every couple of days. I don't keep water in the saucer constantly. It's sitting under HO lights 16 hours/day right now - the brightest light I can currently give it during our cloudy midwest days. It's been in constant bloom since I got it, sending up new flowering stems. At what point would it need repotting? And what type of pot would be best? TIA
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 28, 2017 4:30 PM CST
It can probably stay in its current pot for a couple years but its hard to say for sure without seeing a photo of the plant.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Mar 28, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Will try to get a photo tomorrow. Thanks! Also will need to know about what to do with the spent flowers - to cut off or not.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 28, 2017 6:25 PM CST
You can cut them off.
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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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Mar 29, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Here's photo of my forked sundew. Hope the pic turns out ok as I not a pic-poster. Smiling
Thumb of 2017-03-29/Shadegardener/c5743c

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2017 3:28 PM CST
That is one happy plant. The red color indicates your lighting is good. I can't tell from your photo but the hairs on the leaves should be covered with little droplets - that's a good indication it is getting enough water. Mine sit in a shallow pan of water always.
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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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Apr 16, 2017 6:43 AM CST
Daisy - thanks for the input. Yes, the hairs do have the droplets on them. Do you think I should move them to a bigger pot or do they like crowded conditions?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 16, 2017 9:47 AM CST
I think your pot size is fine. They have very small rooting systems.
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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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Apr 16, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Thanks! I was wondering about the size of their root systems.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
billn9
Jun 15, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Periodically look at the bottom of the pot. If you see roots coming out of the drain holes, then you should increase the pot size a bit to give the roots more growing space.

Sarracenia Northwest has some excellent DVDs on caring for carnivorous plants. They also have a bunch of Utube videos.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 15, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Bill - thanks for that tip. I'll check out the site for more info! I was wondering if, when the time comes to repot, I should stay with plastic or move on to some glazed ceramic. I'll also have to check if there's a preferred season for repotting. Haven't killed the plant yet. It's still blooming.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
billn9
Jun 19, 2017 12:27 PM CST
They are tropical plants, so can be repotted at any time. Again, see the Sarracenia Northwest videos - or buy their DVD series. Tropical sundews are covered in Vol. 2.

Their web site is www.growcarnivorousplants.com - it used to be www.cobraplants.com, which links to their current site.

I would stick with plastic unless you want to have it on display for others. When I have wanted to do so, I have left the carnivorous plant in its plastic pot and just temporarily hidden it in a ceramic pot.

Yes, my forked-leaf sundews bloom year around, as do my butterworts.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 19, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Thanks for even more info! I still have it on my "list" to check out that website as well!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
billn9
Jun 20, 2017 12:26 AM CST
One nice thing about Sarracenia Northwest is that they rarely sell plants in bare root form. Most everything is shipped in sturdy 3" or 4" pots - not the flimsy "nursery pot".

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