HOW TO GROW A FOREST OF CAPE SUNDEWS
Cape Sundews (Drosera capensis) are native to South Africa, and it is one of most common carnivorous plants grown in cultivation. It is very easy to grow, and an adult plant will get up to 6 inches tall.
As with all sundews, Cape Sundews produce a thick sticky substance, technically called ‘goo’ here at our nursery. We also call it ‘stuff’ or ‘glue’ or ‘thick sticky substance.’ I’m also sure botanists have their own term, but it is usually something I can’t pronounce, like hydromethylcellulose.
Whatever it is, it is goo that makes Cape Sundews sparkle in sunlight. When you grow a bunch of them together, you will have a dazzling display that will mesmerize any insect.
These sundews are very easy to propagate. One very quick method is to grow them from seeds. Cape Sundew seeds germinate very quickly, usually within 3 weeks.
Once germinated, each seedling will reach adulthood within 2 years, at which time they will flower. Each flower stalk is capable of producing thousands of seeds. So from one adult plant, you can have enough seeds to produce a forest of sundews!
Another method for multiplying your sundews is to take leaf cuttings. This could be done with either young or mature plants because all you need are a few leaves.
Cut off a leaf near stalk or growing point. Lay leaf flat onto a pot of moistened soil of 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite. Gently press leaf into soil so that leaf is making good contact with soil.