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Drosera bequaertii [S of Kalemba, Democratic Republic of the Congo]

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Description

Drosera bequaertii is a very rare rosette-shaped tropical sundew that tends to accumulate growth points reaching a certain height.

Origin:
S of Kalemba (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Description:

  • Climate: tropical
  • Life-cycle: perennal
  • Form: erect
  • Leaf: bright green
  • Trap: scarlet tentacles

Additional info:
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Scope of delivery

  • Vigorous plants, repotted in the current season, in high-quality soil
  • Brick-coloured pot made of recycled plastic (6.5 cm diameter)
  • Care guides
  • Free access to our plant doctor care service

Care instructions

How we grow Tropical Drosera?
In-vitro plants are acclimated in a Growth Chamber with controlled temperatures and humidity. This indoor setup ensure an easy adaptation to extra-vitro condition, guaranteeing the best conditions for plants in this delicate stage. All plants available at the Diflora shop have been acclimatized for at least 3 months. After this first phase plants are grown outdoors in full sun, especially during Spring and Fall seasons, with temperatures around 25 degree. When Temperatures increase we prefer to keep the plants 50% shaded to avoid heat-related stress. During fall season we collect seeds and sow them indoors at a temperature of 20°C and a photoperiod of 16 hours. Tropical Drosera are placed under 4000/5000 lux produced by LED lights with a colour temperature of 6400K. As with the majority of carnivorous plants, we use distilled water produced by our reverse osmosis system.

Lighting:
Full sun all year round! It is possible to shade slightly in the warmer summer months to avoid excessive temperatures that may stunt the plant’s growth.

Watering:
Tropical Drosera likes stagnant water all year round (3-4 cm of distilled water always in the saucer). This serves to faithfully imitate the natural environment in which they live. It is important to use only distilled water or alternatively all waters that have an extremely low mineral salt content. For example rainwater or all condensation water (air conditioner, dehumidifier). The conductivity of the water must have a value of less than 50 micro-siemens.

Substrate:
While 50% peat and 50% perlite is fine as a general substrate, we recommend the Drosera substrate we have developed and tested for optimal growth of this genus.

Seasonality and temperatures:
Since these sundews are annual plants, they die every end of the season. You should start again growing the plants from harvested seeds. You should collect seeds and sow them indoor or store them till the beginning of Spring. Do not place tiny plants just sproutet directly outdoor during winter, they will not survive

Additional info:
For more cultivation information visit our care guides or use our plant care support by writing to ilpigliamosche@diflora.it

Source

Diflora has begun the propagation of this Drosera using seeds from Alexander Dietrick germinated in vitro in our laboratory.

Trapping technique

Drosera catch mainly small flying insects using sticky modified trichomes placed all over their leaves. These trichomes secrete droplets of water and polysaccharides attracting insects that are searching for sugary substances, like nectar. As the unawares visitors fatally fly on those sweet and lethal leaves, they stay glued and unable to fly away. It is caused mainly by droplet viscosity. Slowly, the viscous liquid from the nearby trichomes envelops the insect, sealing a macabre fate for the unfortunate victim: the tracheas, respiratory holes placed on the surface of the exoskeleton of insects, are obstructed causing their death by suffocation.

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