Spoonleaved Sundew (Drosera Spatulata)

Spoonleaved Sundew (Drosera Spatulata)


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Ease to Grow: Very Easy.
Dormancy: No.
Native Range: Wet Bogs of southeastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Zones: 8-10 (7-11).

The Spoonleaved Sundew, Drosera spatulata, is a small, perennial, flat, rosette-forming carnivorous plant with red traps and lots of tentacles. The longest tentacles are at the tips of the leaves and quickly move towards trapped prey in as short as 10 seconds. The color of the leaves is frequently scarlet red, but it can vary from orangey-green to maroon. It is a pretty little tropical and has traps year round. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, but prefers open, sunny, boggy conditions in peaty soils. The blossoms are pink on multi-flowered scapes. Typically there are several scapes at a time, and they are long lasting. It can flower at different times of the year, but more profusely in the summer months. It generously produces seeds, that quickly sprout in neighboring pots, filling them within nice companions for your intended plant. It can become a wonderful “weed” in your carnivorous plant collection. Seeds can be sown immediately or stored in cool, dry conditions for a year or more. Stressed plants frequently regenerate from the rootstock. It is a is an excellent terrarium plant, and a reliable performer for your collection. It is easy to grow and is a great beginner’s plant. D. spatulata was first scientifically documented in 1792. This selection comes from seeds and will show some genetic variation.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 0.5″ – 1.5″.
Plant Type: Perennial, sub-tropical.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the protected bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent terrarium plant.

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Drosera sundews can be grown in captivity using the following steps:

  1. Choose the right growing medium: Drosera sundews require a soilless growing medium that is acidic and nutrient-poor. A mixture of sphagnum moss and perlite or sand works well.

  2. Provide adequate lighting: Sundews require bright, indirect light to grow well. A south-facing window or a grow light can provide the necessary light for healthy growth.

  3. Water properly: Sundews require moist soil at all times, but do not tolerate standing water. Water with distilled or rainwater to avoid mineral buildup that can harm the plant.

  4. Feed the plant: Sundews are carnivorous and obtain nutrients by capturing insects with their sticky, glandular hairs. In captivity, you can feed your sundew small insects such as fruit flies or gnats.

  5. Control humidity: Sundews require high humidity to thrive. A humidifier or a tray of water near the plant can help maintain the necessary humidity.

  6. Avoid fertilizers: Sundews do not require fertilizers, as they obtain their nutrients from insects.

  7. Repot when necessary: As the sundew grows, it may require repotting into a larger container. Repotting is best done in the spring when the plant is actively growing.

By following these steps, you can successfully grow drosera sundews in captivity.

1 review for Spoonleaved Sundew (Drosera Spatulata)

    Spoonleaved Sundew (Drosera Spatulata) photo review
    Reed P., Staten Island, NY (Verified Customer) March 22, 2022
    May 9, 2022
    Hi, I potted the sundews I bought in sphagnum moss I previously bought from you.  I recently noticed grass-like growths sprouting. They don't look lik...More
    Hi, I potted the sundews I bought in sphagnum moss I previously bought from you.  I recently noticed grass-like growths sprouting. They don't look like they are sundews.  Maybe something hitch-hiked along with the sundews. Attached are pictures. Any thoughts on what's growing Reed From Customer Service: It's just grass.

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