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Drosera burmannii, commonly known as the Asian sundew, is a carnivorous plant that belongs to the Droseraceae family. Native to Southeast Asia, these plants are known for their attractive, dew-covered leaves that trap and digest insects. To keep a Drosera burmannii healthy and thriving, follow this caresheet:


1. Light:

  • Provide bright, indirect sunlight or partial sunlight. A north or northwest-facing windowsill is ideal. Ensure the plant receives adequate light during the reversed seasons.

2. Soil:

  • Use a well-draining soil mix with a combination of sphagnum moss and perlite or sand. Avoid regular potting soil, as it can be too dense and may lead to root rot.


3. Water:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Use distilled water, rainwater, or purified water, as tap water may contain minerals harmful to carnivorous plants. Maintain a high humidity level around the plant.


4. Feeding:

  • Supplement their diet with small insects like fruit flies or pinhead crickets, placing them on the sticky tentacles. Avoid touching the leaves to prevent interference with the plant's digestive process.


5. Temperature:

  • Maintain a warm and humid environment. Adjust temperatures according to the reversed seasons, with daytime temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C) and nighttime temperatures not lower than 50°F (10°C).


6. Potting:

  • Repot your Drosera burmannii when it outgrows its container, typically every 1-2 years. Be gentle when handling the roots. Use the same well-draining soil mix during repotting.


7. Dormancy:

  • Some Drosera species, including Drosera burmannii, may go through a dormancy period during the summer in the southern hemisphere. Reduce watering and provide slightly lower temperatures to mimic their natural habitat and help the plant conserve energy.


8. Pest Control:

  • Keep an eye out for pests such as spider mites or aphids. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil if pests become a problem.


9. Container:

  • Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil. The container should be wide enough to accommodate the plant's spreading nature.


10. Monitoring:

  • Regularly check the plant for signs of distress or disease. Remove any dead or decaying leaves to maintain the plant's health.

Drosera burmannii - Asian sundew

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