My taste in drosera continues to change over the years. You grow some really nice ones. My favorite above is your D.erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa "Laterite Growing Form". I really like the colors of it under lights.
Thanks Dave. As most everyone in the club knows, my favorites are the tuberous species. While the "Laterite Growing Form" of D.e.squamosa is indeed very nice, I actually prefer the type specimens of this species. The red parts of the leaves on the type species plants are a brilliant ruby red while the "LGF" has more of a subdued brick red color. Both forms are amazing plants and well worth the extra effort it takes to successfully grow them.
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Johnny, your plants are amazing!!! I LOVE Drosera's!! I have bought quite a few and can not get them to live!! I was wondering if you would be willing to give me tips? I have flytraps and pitcher plants and grow those just fine. I just keep killing these ones...
There are many different groups or categories of Drosera and all have different care requirements. The main groups are Tropical, Temperate, Annual, Pygmy, South American, South African Winter Growing and Australian Tuberous.
The easiest ones to start with are either the Tropical species if you're growing inside or Temperate species if you are growing your plants outdoors. It also helps to know where you live. Are you in New England ?
Most species do well in a 50/50 mix of sand and peat or sphagnum moss. The majority need lots of bright, direct light, with the exception of the 3 sisters from Australia (D.adelae, D.prolifera and D.schizandra) which enjoy more shaded conditions. All or most do very well if grown in the tray system sitting in water.
Here are some very easy and forgiving species to start with:
Temperate: D.binata dichotoma (can be grown as a Temperate or a Tropical) D.intermedia D.filiformis D.rotundifolia