Vogelgat’s Cape Sundew (Drosera Capensis Vogelgat)

Vogelgat’s Cape Sundew (Drosera Capensis Vogelgat)


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This ‘wide-leaved’ form is the robust version of the species in which the lamina and petiole are both are more than 3 mm wide and in the petiole is about 60% the width of the lamina (Fig. 4). The lamina is defined by the presence of insect-trapping hairs, is about the same length as the petiole, and is up to 8 mm wide. The underside of the leaves has a sparse cover of colorless eglandular hairs. Flowers are large, often around 3 cm diameter with broadly ovate overlapping petals that are usually dark purple in color. The stigmas are irregularly obovate to elliptic and widen conspicuously from the terete style segments. These plants slowly develop conspicuous stems to 15 cm tall. This form is also known as the ‘broad-leaf’ form (GrowSundews.com 2020). Also, many of the ‘giant’ plants in cultivation are of this form. This form is restricted to the south western part of the Western Cape where is has been recorded at the Silvermine Nature Reserve, Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve, and the former Bergvliet Farm (now part of urban Cape Town). Plants from Vogelgat in cultivation often have pale purple flowers.

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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.


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