How to Grow a Forest of SundewsWritten by Jacob Farin
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Once leaf is set into soil, spray it with a sulfur-based fungicide. This will prevent fungal infections and mold. You can find fungicides at your local hardware store or nursery. Make sure you follow directions on bottle.
Next, place a clear plastic cup over leaf to keep humidity very high, and place pot in small amounts of standing water. Give your leaf lots of bright indirect light or grow it under 40W fluorescent tubes. You could also use compact fluorescent bulbs that are equivalent to 100W. Just avoid using incandescent bulbs. Keep light source approximately 6-8 inches above leaf.
Within 3 weeks, you will see tiny plantlets emerging from leaf. After a couple of months, these plantlets will develop enough of a root system so that you could transplant them into their own pots. To do this, carefully cut out plantlet from main leaf and transplant it into a small pot of soil.
Each Cape Sundew leaf can develop up to 10 additional sundews. Because you do not have to wait until plant flowers to propagate it, you can use this method any time of year.
Leaf cuttings work well on nearly all types of sundews, including North American varieties. But, we have seen it work best with Cape Sundews.
So, if you want to grow your own forest of sundews, try either of these two easy methods of propagation.
To learn more about growing Cape Sundews, visit http://www.cobraplant.com/drosera-capensis.html
Jacob is co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, an online nursery specializing in the cultivation of beautiful carnivorous plants. For myth-free information about carnivorous plants, visit http://www.cobraplatn.com.
Red Roses If I Love You, Yellow If I Don't: The Secret Language of FlowersWritten by Sherri Allen
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Revive romance of times gone by. Give a bouquet of flowers that not only has a special scent or special beauty, but a special meaning. Share secret language of flowers.
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