The Alice Sundew - 20 seeds

The Alice Sundew - 20 seeds

6.99

Drosera aliciae, with its interesting mounding habit and its long-lived nature, is a wonderful carnivorous plant and is endemic to South Africa. Drosera aliciae is a perennial carnivorous plant with a few, fairly thin, long roots. Wedge- to spoon-shaped leaves, up to 25 mm long and 7 mm wide, are tightly packed to form a dense, clumping basal rosette, 15-400 mm high. Leaves are often reddish and similar in size and are covered with reddish, sticky, glandular hairs.

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Drosera aliciae grows best in 1 part sand or silica grit: 1 peat or sphagnum moss in 9-15 cm pots. It is important not to over-pot plants. Taller rather than wider pots are ideal for Drosera to thrive. Pot plants up according to their size and the depth needed for their long, although few, roots. Place the potted plants in a 10-30 mm deep saucer filled with fresh water to keep them moist at all times. Allow the saucer to dry out occasionally so that the medium can aerate. This will not harm your plants as long as the moisture content in the medium is still high. Place in a northern or eastern situation for best sunlight if growing indoors. Grow in full sun to semi-shade outdoors. Sundews are easily propagated by seed. Prepare a 90 mm pot with growth medium and water well. In autumn sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth medium. Do not cover with growth medium. Place in a semi-shady position. Seeds should germinate in 2-4 weeks. For vegetative propagation partially cover healthy living root or leaf cuttings with growth medium. Place in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight. Cover pots with plastic to retain humidity. Once young leaves develop, pierce the plastic to allow for acclimatization and hardening off. Acidic or epiphytic foliar feed may be used once a month at ΒΌ recommended strength.