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Drosera capensis 'Narrow Red Leaf'

Drosera capensis 'Narrow Red Leaf'

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Drosera capensis ‘Narrow Red Leaf’ is a Cape Sundew that turns red under strong light. During the winter or in lower lighting conditions, the plants will revert to producing mostly green foliage. The leaves are covered with tentacles (trichomes) that secrete a sticky “dew” containing enzymes to attract, catch, and digest prey. Cape Sundews are easy to care for making them a good plant for beginners.

Whether you grow them indoors or out, carnivorous sundew plants are excellent for controlling gnats and other tiny insects. Sundew plants thrive as potted plants in a mixture of sphagnum moss and vermiculite or perlite. The pot must be kept constantly moist and an atmosphere of humidity is best for maximum growth. Carnivorous sundew plants need warm temperatures and moist conditions. Outdoor plants do well when planted near a water feature or even in soggy soil. When growing sundews outdoors, till soil completely and mix in sphagnum moss to increase the acidity. Full sun situations suit the plant best, but you can also grow them in dappled light.


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